I turned on the TV this morning to be greeted with this picture:
|Picture: Simon Lekias for Harpers Bazaar|
And while I was ogling in awe, I was vaguely aware of the usual media chatter going on. “Months after giving birth” and all that jazz. I tend to block these things out.
However, Smarmy McSmarmerson newsreader smarmed when the camera cut to her, saying “so, what’s the verdict?”
The verdict, McSmarmerson? There is none. This isn’t a competition. I don’t feel threatened by beautiful people, smarmy, do you? Why is the media telling me I need to have an opinion on this? Why are you insinuating I should find this controversial?
As far as I’m concerned, Miranda going back to work after having a baby includes showing her body. She is a model, that is what they pay her for. Just like when I went back to work, I wrote. And got paid for writing. Obviously she had to put more effort into how her body looks than the rest of us post-baby, because we’re too busy getting our heads around nursing, or teaching or retail or marketing or finance or whatever the hell it is we’re too busy thinking about when we go back to work.
We have the luxury of taking our time. I wake up every day with the solemn intention of doing yoga and going for a nice long walk. Usually I end up eating another Tim Tam and thinking thank god no-one’s keeping score here. It’s not bikini weather just yet.
I’m sick of the media pitting us together, the regular mums Vs the superstars. It’s their job to look pretty.
Don’t tell me I ought to be annoyed at the beautiful people, or that I should feel inferior to them. I don’t.
And while I don’t know Miranda Kerr personally, I’m reasonably comfortable in my assumption that she isn’t doing this to piss off new mums around the world. I don’t for a second think she puts herself in the media to flaunt how amazing she is so we will feel pathetic and useless in comparison.
Same goes for anyone else that ever has a baby and looks great in the public eye. I don’t care. Stop telling me I need to.