She's not one to hide her postpartum body, but that doesn't mean Chrissy Teigen doesn't think about her weight and how it has changed since becoming a mother. Although she first found herself in the public eye while she was working as a swimsuit model, these days Teigen doesn't identify as a model, but as a cookbook author and a busy mom of two who is still adjusting to the way her body has changed in recent years.
Recently Teigen tweeted about ordering "everything on the menu" while out at lunch with her husband, John Legend. And she didn't stop there, also tucking into apple fritters, ice cream, Korean BBQ and meatball subs later that day. When people online asked how she could eat like that, Teigen got real.
"I am 20 pounds heavier than I was before Miles," she wrote. "[H]e's 10 months old. I never lost the last bit because I just love food too much. Just coming to terms with my new normal, when I had this certain number for so long!"
In a follow-up tweet, she explained that she would rather have the extra 20 pounds than a repeat of the weight loss she experienced after her first pregnancy when she experienced postpartum depression.
"The thinnest I've ever been was right after Luna. Postpartum depression. I'LL TAKE THESE POUNDS AND THIS FEELING!" she wrote.
This is not the first time Teigen has tweeted about her postpartum body and how it is different now. "This is my body," Teigen shared in a video posted to the site last summer. "I guess these aren't going to go away," she added, referring to her stretch marks.
"I don't really call this 'body confidence' because I'm not quite there yet. I'm still super insecure," Teigen wrote in a follow-up tweet to the video.
Her belly post made an impact, with women adding their voices and photos to the conversation about what a "mom bod" looks like.
One woman, a mama of 5 according to her post, shared a poolside selfie featuring a bare tummy that "no one's seen...since '01." Scars, stretched skin and memories. That's a mom bod worth showing off.
Another woman chimed in to remind us all just what a gift our mom bods are. She's been through multiple rounds of IVF and can't wait until it's her turn to rock some stretch marks. They are a gift, mamas.
The thing is, Teigen still does look amazing in a bikini, even if she no longer looks like it's her job to be in one. Her "mom bod," as she calls it, is beautiful by any standard even if it doesn't look like it did on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but with its ripples, curves, "stretchies" and mosquito bites, it is more authentic, and that's why Teigen shows it proudly.
"I'm just happy that I can make anyone else out there feel better about themselves!" she tweeted.
Teigen is leading the charge for this new wave of celebrity moms who are taking control of their postpartum stories through social media and rejecting the "bounce back" narrative often perpetuated by traditional media.
In a world where anyone can photoshop their own selfie on Instagram, it's nice to see someone who has every reason in the world to do it (and, let's be real, not a lot of editing to do) rejecting the illusion of postpartum perfection. There is no such thing, even for literal (former) supermodels.
[A version of this post was published July 31, 2018. It has been updated.]