Evangeline Lilly is Trending for Wearing a Bikini After Baby and That Makes Me MAD

This morning I popped open my Facebook to get to work, trying to squeeze in as much productive time as I could before my kids (all on break from school today) woke up. However, my productivity was quickly SQUASHED when I saw THIS trending on Facebook:

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Because I just got REALLY MAD. I was seeing red for a hot minute there. This stuff just BURNS MY FLIPPIN’ BISCUITS!

Evangeline Lilly, an actress, and now mother of 2, had her 2nd baby and then donned a bikini and this is NEWS…why?

I understand celebrities are newsworthy, and I am not saying a celebrity having a child isn’t  news. Especially because Lilly has  been somewhat secretive about her pregnancy, which is her right (for goodness sake!) And I am not mad at her AT ALL…I am perturbed at the PRESS for making this NEWS.

Because what is TRENDING is that she was “photographed wearing a bikini in Hawaii after birth of 2nd child.”

Soo…her body is what’s really newsworthy. As I went on an anger-fueled clicking rampage, I saw one headline that said she was “flaunting” her bikini body. Ummm….ok. I doubt she’d describe it that way. She’s like, just standing in a bikini. I don’t think she knows her picture is being taken. I think this is called…exisiting in a body that is in a bikini, not “flaunting”.

And herein lies my issue: why is this news? Why the excitement about a beautiful mom showing some skin after having a baby? Is it because…

  1. GASP! Women’s bodies are certainly ruined by children and they should never show them!
  2. OH THANK GOD SHE NOW LOOKS PERFECT—AS IF SHE NEVER HAD A BABY! PRAISE JESUS SHE ESCAPED HER TERRIBLE MOM BOD FATE AND CAN WALK AROUND IN PUBLIC WITHOUT PEOPLE RUNNING AWAY SCREAMING!
  3. See, Moms? You can look hot after having a baby! You can achieve the ultimate goal of beauty in life AND be a mom, too. Now hit the gym!

All of these reasons are SO SO SO SO SO bad. And though a few of the headlines are treating the fact that the actress giving birth (she had not announced that yet)  as the main story, most of them also include the “bikini body” factor. Because OOH LET’S ALL CLICK OVER AND MAKE SURE SHE MEASURES UP TO OUR STANDARD! See?

Ugh. This makes me really MAD, you guys. Moms have enough pressure on us as it  is…and I don’t want my daughter growing up in a world that expects us to be boasting a 6-pack before our 6-week postpartum checkup!

To Evangeline, though: good on ya! You look great, and very much like you had a baby and didn’t just complete a 30-day boot camp, and I wish people would leave you alone and NOT CARE. Enjoy your new little one and congrats!

What do you think? Is my soapbox totally far-fetched and over-sensitive, or do you take issue with this as well?


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Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at her blog, Mommin' It Up, or follow her on Twitter.