Celebrities have long body-shamed, especially since the 1990s, when the ultra-thin supermodel body type became the “standard.” With the introduction and increasing popularity of social media in the following decades, body shaming has become the new norm – and even pregnant celebrities are being attacked with reckless abandon.
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While you might assume that pregnant bodies are ridiculed for being “too big” – and you wouldn’t be wrong – many famous women also face backlash for being “too small.” For example, Kim Kardashian was criticized by both the media and the public for her weight gain during her pregnancies, while her sister Khloé was criticized for being too small while carrying her daughter. Likewise, Chrissy Teigen and Claire Holt were mocked for the size of their baby bumps, but Coco Austin and Jaime King were meanly told they needed to eat more because of their smaller bumps.
Even Kate Middleton received a torrent of public disapproval during pregnancy for her petite stature – despite the fact that she was diagnosed with a condition that caused severe nausea and frequent vomiting as a side effect of carrying her children. Too big, too small – women can’t win, which really just proves that the weird obsession with body size and composition isn’t their problem. When others want to be bizarre and body-shaming people who miraculously create life within themselves, that is a reflection of the critics and not the value of the pregnant person.
Keep scrolling to see a handful of celebrities who have body-shamed themselves while pregnant – your jaw will drop as you react to some of the vile things said about these women.
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Claire Holt directly addressed the comment about her pregnant body on her Instagram in 2018, writing, “If you would be so kind, please don’t tell me how big/huge I am.”
The actress quipped: “No, there aren’t two in there. No, my baby isn’t coming for Christmas. Yes, I am sure of his due date. I’m well aware that I carry a linebacker. I’m understandably concerned about his exit strategy.” Holt cheekily added, “Just pretend I have a cute, barely noticeable bump and give me the ice cream.” Thank you very much!”
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Proving that you just can’t win, Coco Austin was criticized during her pregnancy in 2015 for being too small. The model told Us Weekly: “Not every woman has the same pregnancy. I really don’t know what to say except that I have nothing to prove.”
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Elsa Pataky came under fire from Fashion Police after her appearance at the 2014 Oscars with her husband Chris Hemsworth. Joan Rivers, who was pregnant with twins at the time, called the actress “huge” before co-host George Kotsiopoulos added his comments.
He began: “The last thing I want to do is screw a pregnant woman because it’s incredible that you can do that with your body” – then Kotsiopoulos did exactly that. “But I would be remiss not to do…it’s a terrible dress on her. “It doesn’t look like a baby bump, it looks like a beer belly,” he had the audacity to say.
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After Chrissy Teigen shared the news of her first pregnancy and posted an accompanying picture of her bump, a shocking number of people felt the need to express their belief that the cookbook author was “too big” to give birth to a single baby.
Commenting on the body-shaming narrative, Teigen tweeted: “Good thing I’m not the one to offend or this was going to be a rough few months. “It’s no more pregnancy tweeting for me, lesson learned!!”
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Jaime King received the complete opposite treatment and was regularly told she needed to eat more when she shared moments of her pregnancy online. During a TODAY interview with American Baby in 2015, the actress revealed, “People have made comments about me being too skinny and needing to eat a sandwich.”
King continued, “I’ve seen this with other pregnant women in this business – either we’re too skinny or we’ve gained too much weight.” But every woman’s body is different… What’s important is that you pay attention to the diet for yourself and yourself Respect your child,” she emphasized. “So don’t let others get you down, and don’t let other women get you down either.”
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During an interview with Redbook in 2014, Jessica Simpson called the media’s criticism of pregnant celebrities’ bodies “ridiculous and unfair.” The fashion designer said: “I think any woman who’s pregnant and building a life pretty much has the right to eat whatever she wants as long as she’s healthy.” Amen, sister.
Speaking about the body shaming she personally faced while carrying her children in 2012 and 2013, Simpson said: “I wasn’t going to let the media take away one of the happiest times of my life.”
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Kim Kardashian was body-shamed during both of her pregnancies. She was famously mocked for appearing at the Met Gala while wearing North; Then, when she was pregnant with Saint, the SKIMS founder faced the same comments about her body. According to Elle, Kardashian told C Magazine, “Everyone would say, ‘She can’t stop eating.’ I came in at 180 pounds and they said, ‘She’s 210 pounds.'”
Speaking about the comments made specifically by the media, the mother of four said: “After I had the baby, I thought: These are the same people who made fun of me and posted stories that were so horrible and called me fat” for something I couldn’t control. I don’t want to smile for her.”
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Khloé Kardashian faced the opposite type of pregnancy body shaming as her sister and was criticized for not being tall enough while carrying her daughter. People shared their unsolicited opinions on Twitter. One person wrote: “She’s been extremely small for almost six months and it’s kind of strange that she doesn’t have any pregnancy swelling.”
The Good American co-founder politely replied, “My stomach seems smaller in the morning and then it bulges more later in the evening.” That’s what I think.”
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When Kate Hudson was pregnant with her second son in 2011, Hollywood Life published an article titled “Careful with those cookies, Kate Hudson!” Do you remember what happened last time?” The website speculated about the actress’ weight, criticized her food cravings and warned her for eating too many sweets.
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Like Jaime King, Kate Middleton was often called “too skinny” during her pregnancy. While carrying her children, the princess suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition that causes extreme nausea and vomiting – which apparently made it quite difficult for Kate to eat and keep food down.
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In 2015, the New York Post published a ridiculous article that slandered several celebrity mothers for resorting to “eating for two” during their pregnancy. One of their targets was Jenny McCarthy, who they wrote had “the mother of all pregnancy bellies that swelled to 80 pounds” while carrying their son in 2002.
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Leah Remini addressed the unkind comment about her weight gain during pregnancy in 2004, saying: “Nobody wanted to talk about how I actually lost weight, just that I got fat.” Body and fat shaming is still absolutely abhorrent, even if the actress hasn’t lost weight.