Sophie Ellis-Bextor wowed us all back in the day with her dance floor hits. Now the busy Brit singer and mum of four is wowing us again with her matter-of-fact attitude towards post-baby bodies. It all happened when Sophie dared to sashay down a red carpet with a perfectly normal post-baby tummy, only to cop some less-than-polite remarks from a stranger.
She took to Instagram to remind women out there that things change when you have children. And that’s OK.
“I’ve had four kids. I don’t have a flat tummy. This is OK.”
This is the empowering message the UK singer has for all mums who probably feel the same way each and every time they look in a mirror.
When @richardjonesface and I went out the other night, I wore quite a tight frock. I considered wearing stupid underwear to make me look trimmer but I decided not to as a) I wanted to be comfy and b) I don’t mind the shape I’m in. Later that eve a lady thought I was pregnant. Obviously, not thrilling, but just to say : I don’t mind that 7 months after a baby, that happened. Hey this is what it looks like when you’ve had a baby sometimes (not to pass any judgement on those mums who go back to their former shape quicker). I’ve had 4 kids. I don’t have a flat tummy. This is OK.
When Sophie and her hubby, The Feeling bassist Richard Jones, set out for a night away from the kiddies, Sophie admits that she opted for a tight frock without the standard Spanks that usually accompany such an outfit.
“Later that eve a lady thought I was pregnant,” writes Sophie.
Now, this is something that many of us have experienced and it can hurt. However, Sophie, who gave birth to her youngest son, Jesse, seven months ago, continues, “Hey this is what it looks like when you’ve had a baby sometimes (not to pass any judgement on those mums who go back to their former shape quicker).”
Sophie, who is mum to four boys – Sonny, Kit, Ray and Jesse – has always been open about her parenting choices and lifestyle and we admire her for inspiring a positive attitude towards post-birth bodies. Because, regardless of how many children you’ve had, how old they are or what type of diet and exercise regime you follow pre and post-birth, your body isn’t going to always look the same.
And this is okay.
Let’s celebrate that with a little bit of Sophie at her Brit pop best.