Post-Baby Curves are the New Sexy

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A Winding Road warning sign Whether it was the designers dictating style or giving women what they asked for, for far too long the popular look has been all but anorexic, with the "heroin chic" trend of the 90's being the most extreme example. Models and movie stars have been, in recent years, mere shadows of their hearty, healthy predecessors: Strong, sexy women like Betty Grable who were full-bodied and full of life.

However, it appears that all that is changing. Reality is hitting the fashion and entertainment world and the curves are coming out of hiding. The Times points to "curve-packing dresses" of Christina Hendricks, who plays Joan Holloway on the hit TV series "Mad Men," and English model Daisy Lowe as examples of the new trend.

The Times notes that the "whippet-thin" body is stereotypical of "the high-maintenance woman with a husband in corporate finance" and in today's economy -- or what's left of it -- that doesn't seem quite so appealing. The article also points out the importance of the right clothing to show off your shape: "the silhouette-hugging dresses, not the billowing harem pants."

So what's this mean for moms who don't moonlight as fashion models? It means you can stop worrying if you haven't lost all your pregnancy weight. The fact is, guys -- at least all the guys I know -- like a little shape in their women. Those outrageously thin models all look like they'd snap in half if you even look at them wrong. If you're a mom and you've got that glorious mom shape, enjoy it -- heck, even flaunt it.

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."

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    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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