Amanda Seyfried has taken a top fashion influencer to task for showing off her post-baby bikini body online.
Arielle Charnas, aka Instagram’s Something Navy, recently posted a beach-ready picture of herself with the caption: “Proud of my body after two kids.”
Accordingly, the image and the idea behind it really irked another mum, Amanda.
She reposted a comment a friend left on Charnas’s popular page that read, “Totally fine that you’re privileged and thin, good for you (I am too-ish!). Got no problem with either of those things. BUT if you don’t acknowledge how your wealth made your workouts/body possible, you’re just perpetuating the patriarchal (totally unrealistic) notion that mothers should ‘bounce back’ after childbirth, an impossibility for anyone who can’t afford ample childcare (which is almost everyone in this country).”
Seyfried then added the caption: “If we’re ready to get paid for flaunting our lifestyle (and inspiring some in the meantime) we have to be open to the discussions surrounding what we’re promoting. If you know who you are – take a second to decide if what you’re throwing out there is worth it – in the big picture.”
Charnas, who has since blocked the actress and her friend, has since addressed some of the negative responses her photo dredged up, revealing she felt “punished because I’m thin.”
“Why am I being bullied for posting myself in a bathing suit? I should be punished because I’m thin and worked hard to be fit after giving birth to two kids?” Charnas asked in her Instagram Stories. “I’m not responsible for making people feel good about themselves. I am healthy and proud of who I am and the body I have. If you are going to attack me for me being me on my own page then you will be blocked, I don’t have time for that.”
Seyfried, 33, was also attacked for appearing to criticise Charnas, responding by writing: “I’m sorry if this stinks of (judgment). It’s not meant to. It’s all a discussion that needs to be had.”