Are Moms Unsexy?

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Julia RobertsThis week on "The View," the ladies discussed actress Julia Roberts' wavering popularity and whether being a mom (or not) is what makes a woman sexy.

Julia Roberts, 42, is often photographed with her three children, pushing a stroller and looking frumpy. "View" co-host Sherri Shepherd compared her to the ever-popular Jennifer Anniston, 40, who is single, just two years younger than Julia, and a box office hit -- and rarely photographed looking anything but fabulous.

So what makes one celebrity mom sexier than another?

Does giving birth zap a celebrity's sex appeal in the eyes of the public?
That's not the case with Angelina Jolie, 34 (mother of six), who is hailed for her exotic beauty and as Shepherd mentioned, has given birth twice, just like Roberts.

Perhaps a star mom's sexiness is dependent on her ability to make headlines.
Jolie consistently graces the covers of weekly tabloid magazines for her scandalous romance with Brad Pitt, while Roberts (who also started dating camera man Danny Moder while he was still married) seemingly makes a concerted effort to stay out of the limelight when she's not working, and focuses on family life.

Could age determine sexiness? One would be hard pressed to argue that Jolie's beauty is greater than Roberts'; after all, Roberts was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by "People" magazine in 2002 – when she was roughly Angie's age.

And consider Reese Witherspoon, a beautiful mom of two who makes a point to avoid the spotlight when it comes to her personal life. No doubt she is equally as gorgeous as mom Kate Hudson, yet Hudson is portrayed as a sex symbol far more often than Witherspoon, and appears in the tabloids on a regular basis for her fickle romance with Owen Wilson. Witherspoon, on the other hand, seems to have settled down with boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal.

What do you think – does age, motherhood, or plain old controversy determine sexiness?

Beauty After Motherhood

    Angelina Jolie
    The actress and her partner Brad Pitt have three adopted children -- Maddox, 7, Pax, 4, and Zahara, 3 -- and three biological children -- Shiloh, 2, and baby twins Knox and Vivienne. "I know this is going to sound corny, but I first became happy with the way I look when I became a mother."

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    Halle Berry

    Berry and boyfriend French-Canadian model Gabriel Aubry have one child, Nahla Ariela, born on March 16, 2008. It was her role in the film, "Things We Lost in the Fire," that convinced her motherhood was for her. "I think it validated that I was meant to be a mother because every day I dealt with the character as a mother and thinking as a mother...It let me know that I must be a mother."

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    Gwyneth Paltrow

    Has two children, Apple, 4, and Moses, 2, named after a song her husband Chris Martin. "It's like being the most in love you've ever been...but mixed with the worst heartbreak...because one day you're not going to be together anymore."

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    Julia Roberts

    Julia Roberts and her husband Danny Moder, have 4-year-old twins, Hazel and Phinnaeus, and a boy Henry, 17 months. She told Vanity Fair: "At this point I'm having so much fun with them. You only have so much energy and you want to put so much energy into each child. I wouldn't know how to have five kids. And they're a really good trio, these three."

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    Jennifer Lopez
    her twins with husband Marc Anthony, Emme and Maximillian, were born 2008 by C-section. According to People, "Jennifer described it [motherhood] as the most magical time of her life. She said, 'You know what? You can win an Oscar, you can win a Golden Globe, and as an ambitious artist you strive for those things. But when you have a kid, all of that is irrelevant."

    Gwen Stefani

    She says that Zuma Nesta Rock and Kingston have brought her closer to husband Gavin Rossdale. Also, "I've gotten a little more feminine over the last few years. "As the years go by, you get more comfortable with looking more like a woman."

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    Uma Thurman

    She's says she's open to the possibility of having more children. "If it's meant to happen, it will. I love and adore being a mother." Thurman has two children with ex-husband Ethan Hawke, Maya, 10, and Levon, 6.

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    Thandie Newton
    The British actress, most recently starring in "W" as Condoleezza Rice, has two daughters, Ripley, 8, and Nico, nearly 4. "So many people thought I was a really cold person, but I was just painfully shy. But having a kid made me explore how I was going to guide another beautiful being in this world. I was released -- it doesn't happen for everyone, but it happened for me."

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