13 June 2007

Liv Tyler on losing baby weight

I have always appreciated Liv Tyler's (daughter of Aerosmith's Steven Tyler) strong sense of self and relative disregard for the sweeping trends of mainstream celebrity. After having her son, Milo, with husband Royston Langdon, British rocker of the band formerly known as Spacehog (who I did see once in Chicago in a former life and I have the t-shirt to prove it, Liv basically dropped off the Hollywood radar. She jumped the LA ship back to the Village (Greenwich, that is) and lives in a pretty sick Manhattan brownstone with the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker and a hefty handful of happily under-the-radar New York celebrity mothers.

When I was gallavanting around Manhattan last December I had this secret wish that I would randomly run into Liv or SJP as I stalked Magnolia Bakery and all the Village maternity shops. Alas, I came away with nothing but some deliciously sweet cupcakes and alot of photos.


Liv was profiled in the 10 June edition of the Sunday Herald sunday magazine. She has some refreshing things to say about being a mother and the pressure to lose weight postbaby (and she's not killing herself to be thin, almost 2 years since the birth of her son).

On the joys of motherhood:
"I love being a mum. It's the best thing that's ever happened to me. I think I had alot of anxieties about what it would be like to be the child of someone like me. I didn't grow up with nannies- I grew up with my mum, my aunt and my grandmother, and I was a little suspicious about what it would be like to go back to work and have a nanny look after Milo."

On her weight:
"I wasn't one of those women who just dropped pounds instantly when I was breastfeeding. Actually, I became so homely, I was ravenous for things like doughnuts and cakes."

On the media pressure to be slim:
"I can remember walking down the street one day when Milo was probably six or eight months old, and a photographer took my picture. I was wearing a very unflattering shirt and a pair of sweat pants, and when the picture appeared in a magazine, they ran a caption asking if I was pregnant again. When I saw it, I said 'I think the holiday is over.'"

How she tried to lose the weight:
"I did a million different things. I was on a strict protein diet and then a raw diet, and then colonics and fasting. And I did pilates, yoga and worked out with my trainer. I rode my bike, I ran, I tried everything under the sun. I have lost a good 4.5 kilos, and I feel great. But even though I'm a size 6 [Australian size 8], my back and shoulders are still broad, so there's no way I will ever be a size 0. I'm really quite sensible about all that".

1 comment:

Sazz said...

I still think it's sad that she felt pressured to "try everything". Where are all the celebrity Mum's saying "I had a baby, deal with it!"? They, in conjunction with the media, have the power to change these ridiculous (and dangerous) expectations concerning body image that are put on pregnant women and mums.

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