Keira Knightley slams Kate Middleton's 'perfect post-baby body' for setting unrealistic standards for new moms
In a new essay for 'Feminists Don't Wear Pink And Other Lies' Knightley slammed the Duchess for giving new moms unrealistic standards to live up to.
Keira Knightley isn't happy with the way Kate Middleton has portrayed post-pregnancy so far. In a new essay for 'Feminists Don't Wear Pink And Other Lies' new collection curated by the writer and co-founder of The Pink Protest, Scarlett Curtis, Knightley slammed the Duchess for giving new moms unrealistic standards to live up to.
Kate has indeed looked absolutely perfect all the three times she was spotted outside the hospital, sometimes just hours after giving birth. She's looked super polished and fashionable and does make giving birth seem like a breeze.
Knightley is also a mother and co-incidentally the 33-year-old actress also gave birth to her girl Edie just a day before Duchess Kate brought Princess Charlotte into the world back in 2015. While many celebrities, including Chrissy Teigen, have opened up about postpartum depression and the troubles of post pregnancy, Kate has always appeared picture perfect.
In 'The Weaker Sex', which she dedicated 'To my girl', she said, "We stand and watch the TV screen. She [Middleton] was out of hospital seven hours later with her face made up and high heels on. The face the world wants to see. Hide. Hide our pain, our bodies splitting, our breasts leaking, our hormones raging. Look beautiful. Look stylish, don't show your battleground, Kate. Seven hours after your fight with life and death, seven hours after your body breaks open, and bloody, screaming life comes out. Don't show. Don't tell. Stand there with your girl and be shot by a pack of male photographers."
Knightley also points out that there are double standards when it comes to mothers. She wrote, "I turn up on time, word perfect, with ideas and an opinion. I am up with you [her daughter] all night if you need me. Sometimes I cry I'm so tired. Up with you all night and work all day... My male colleagues can be late, can not know their lines. They can shout and scream and throw things. They can turn up drunk or not turn up at all. They don't see their children. They're working. They need to concentrate."
"Be pretty. Stand there. Tell me what it is to be a woman. Be nice, be supportive, be pretty but not too pretty, be thin but not too thin, be sexy but not too sexy. Be successful but not too successful. Wear these clothes, look this way, buy this stuff. I work with men and they worry that I don't like them. It makes them mad, it makes them sad, it makes them shout and scream. I like them. But I don't want to flirt and mother them... I don't want to flirt with you because I don't want to f**k you, and I don't want to mother you because I am not your mother."
The collection also has works by the likes of Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Adwoa Aboah, Jameela Jamil and Whitney Wolfe Herd.