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Millie Mackintosh speaks out on her struggle to accept her post-pregnancy body

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New mum Millie Mackintosh has penned an essay on coming to terms with her post-partum body.

Writing for Grazia.co.uk, the former Made In Chelsea star explained why she decided to post a ‘raw and unedited’ photo of herself last week, 10 weeks on from their birth of her first child, daughter Sienna.

Millie, 30, admitted she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the messages of support she received following her Instagram post, after spending weeks struggling with the pressure to ‘bounce back.’   

Honest: New mum Millie Mackintosh has penned an essay on coming to terms with her post-partum body, after sharing a  'raw and unedited' photo of herself on Instagram last week

Honest: New mum Millie Mackintosh has penned an essay on coming to terms with her post-partum body, after sharing a  'raw and unedited' photo of herself on Instagram last week

Honest: New mum Millie Mackintosh has penned an essay on coming to terms with her post-partum body, after sharing a  ‘raw and unedited’ photo of herself on Instagram last week

‘In the weeks after giving birth to Sienna, I was struggling with my body image,’ Millie wrote. ‘Having always felt pretty confident in my own skin it was such a shock seeing my body after birth.’

‘I had this newfound respect for what my body had done, growing a tiny human inside it, and yet at the same time, seeing myself look so different made me really upset.’  

Admitting that many well-intentioned friends had told her she would ‘bounce back in no time’ after Sienna’s birth, Millie said the comments ‘set me up for disappointment’ in the weeks after the birth.   

‘I’ll admit, I’ve compared myself to other women, to friends even, and how they looked post-baby. “How come they could fit into their jeans so quickly and I can’t?” I thought,’ Millie explained. 

New mum: Millie admitted she was 'overwhelmed' by the support she received following her Instagram post, after spending weeks struggling with the pressure to 'bounce back'

New mum: Millie admitted she was 'overwhelmed' by the support she received following her Instagram post, after spending weeks struggling with the pressure to 'bounce back'

New mum: Millie admitted she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the support she received following her Instagram post, after spending weeks struggling with the pressure to ‘bounce back’ 

The new mum declared she wants to ‘get rid of the shame, the stigma and the pressure that we all fit into certain stereotypes (and clothes) especially after pregnancy.’

She said she’s in no rush to regain her pre-pregnancy figure, and instead is focusing on her daughter and treating her body with kindness after everything it has been through.  

‘I have a new shape, new curves and new boobs which I’m loving, and while it’s still a struggle, I’m accepting my body more and more every day kangaroo pouch and all!’ Millie ended her essay.

Struggle: 'In the weeks after giving birth, I was struggling with my body image,' Millie wrote. 'Having always felt confident in my own skin it was such a shock seeing my body after birth'

Struggle: 'In the weeks after giving birth, I was struggling with my body image,' Millie wrote. 'Having always felt confident in my own skin it was such a shock seeing my body after birth'

Struggle: ‘In the weeks after giving birth, I was struggling with my body image,’ Millie wrote. ‘Having always felt confident in my own skin it was such a shock seeing my body after birth’ 

Millie posed for a refreshingly honest postpartum snap on Wednesday night, saying she is ‘in awe of what her body has achieved’ since she became a mother.

She proclaimed her daughter is worth ‘every extra inch, pound and stretch mark’ as she posed in underwear in a selfie posted to her Instagram page.

The TV personality took aim at cruel social media trolls and said although she is not ‘totally happy’ with her body, she is doing her best to ignore ‘hurtful comments’ about her appearance. 

In the Instagram selfie, Millie can be seen wearing just a nude pair of knickers and a white maternity bra while cradling baby Sienna in her arms. 

Raw: Millie posed for a refreshingly honest postpartum snap on Wednesday night, saying she is 'in awe of what her body has achieved' since she became a mother

Raw: Millie posed for a refreshingly honest postpartum snap on Wednesday night, saying she is 'in awe of what her body has achieved' since she became a mother

Raw: Millie posed for a refreshingly honest postpartum snap on Wednesday night, saying she is ‘in awe of what her body has achieved’ since she became a mother

She wrote in a lengthy caption: ‘With Sienna nearing 10 weeks old nothing has given me more purpose than knowing that a small life depends entirely on me to feed and nourish her as she grows. 

‘I try to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle and I count myself lucky that throughout my adult life I’ve felt and identified as pretty body confident but now all that has changed along with every other aspect of my life, which makes me look at my body in a totally new light and it’s been a big adjustment! 

‘Fitting into my pre pregnancy clothes seems a long way off and I have no intention of rushing into ‘getting my body back’ but it would be a lie if I said I feel totally happy and at one with my body post pregnancy,’ admitted the reality star. #

Sadly, Millie admitted that trolling on social media has been difficult to endure, but that ultimately she is astonished that he body enabled her to become a mother. 

She wrote: ‘The process has been made a lot harder by some overly strong and hurtful comments online about my appearance (as much as you try and ignore them). 

Cheers! Millie appeared to be every inch the multitasking mummy as she pumped her breast milk last week, while holding her daughter Sienna and a glass of wine

Cheers! Millie appeared to be every inch the multitasking mummy as she pumped her breast milk last week, while holding her daughter Sienna and a glass of wine

Cheers! Millie appeared to be every inch the multitasking mummy as she pumped her breast milk last week, while holding her daughter Sienna and a glass of wine

‘I’m in awe of what my body has achieved over the last year but I find it hard not seeing the girl I know to be me looking back at me in the mirror.

‘I now see photos of myself pre-pregnancy and remember thinking at the time I didn’t like my body at certain angle but now I look back and think I looked great!  

‘It’s made me realise how critical I am of myself and how it’s so crucial, as women, that we learn to let ourselves off the hook.

‘My mantra has always been that you exercise because you love your body not because you hate it, so any movement I do now is with the intention to feel good and never to punish myself.   

‘Sienna is worth every extra inch, pound and stretch mark. My body made me a Mother and for that I’ll always be grateful.’ 

Millie and her husband Hugo Taylor welcomed their first daughter, Sienna Grace, in May. 

Proud new parents: Millie and her husband Hugo Taylor welcomed their first daughter, Sienna Grace, in May

Proud new parents: Millie and her husband Hugo Taylor welcomed their first daughter, Sienna Grace, in May

Proud new parents: Millie and her husband Hugo Taylor welcomed their first daughter, Sienna Grace, in May

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Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas list stunning three-bedroom Manhattan apartment for $5.9million

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Sophie Turner and singer husband Joe Jonas have listed their three-bedroom Manhattan apartment for $5.9million. 

The Game of Thrones star, 24, and singer husband, 31, have been based on the West Coast since welcoming daughter Willa into the world in July.

They first quietly put the New York apartment on the market back in July for $6.5million but it have since relisted with a price reduction, according to property reports. The actress paid $5.6 million for the property back in 2018.

The 2,907-square-foot home boasts impeccable design with the ultimate in privacy despite being located in a bustling New York zip code.

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On the market: Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner listed their three-bedroom Manhattan apartment for $5.9million, a nearly half-million decrease since initially listing the property in July for $6.5million, according to property reports

A private foyer leads way to a formal entryhall which opens into a 49 ft. long loft-like living space.

Custom stained white oak floors run throughout the gorgeous space, with custom oak doors and 10-inch base moldings.

The open-concept kitchen is illuminated with natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows on either side of the home.  

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Beautiful: The 2,907-square-foot home boasts impeccable design with the ultimate in privacy despite being located in a bustling New York zip code

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Stunning: Crisp white SieMatic cabinetry complements the Imperial Danby marble countertops, with a Bertazzoni six burner, dual oven range and top-of-the-line refrigerator

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A private foyer leads way to a formal entryhall which opens into a 49 ft. long loft-like living space

VIP living: The home is stylishly decorated in grey and cream

VIP living: The home is stylishly decorated in grey and cream

Rooftop: The building features an impressive outdoor private terrace

Rooftop: The building features an impressive outdoor private terrace 

Crisp white SieMatic cabinetry complements the Imperial Danby marble countertops, with a Bertazzoni six burner, dual oven range and top-of-the-line refrigerator.

The chef’s dream kitchen also includes a full-height wine cooler and speed oven by Miele, with modern fixtures by LeFroy Brooks.

A primary suite features a massive walk-in closet, en-suite bathroom and a 1,450-square-foot private terrace. 

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Relax: Custom stained white oak floors run throughout the gorgeous space, with custom oak doors and 10-inch base moldings

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Home sweet home: A primary suite features a massive walk-in closet, en-suite bathroom and a 1,450-square-foot private terrace

Turner and Jonas confirmed the news of their new arrival in a July statement that said they were ‘delighted to announce the birth of their baby.’ 

‘The couple is already obsessed and can’t stop gloating about their new addition,’ a source told Entertainment Tonight.

‘With the pandemic, Joe and Sophie have been very cautious about who is around them and their little girl.’

Joe and Sophie were first married during a surprise Las Vegas wedding in May 2019 which was broadcast live on Diplo’s social media, and shortly followed up with a family affair in France two months later.

Mom and Dad: Joe and Sophie were first married during a surprise Las Vegas wedding in May 2019 and shortly followed up with a family affair in France two months later; seen in August

Mom and Dad: Joe and Sophie were first married during a surprise Las Vegas wedding in May 2019 and shortly followed up with a family affair in France two months later; seen in August

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Anderson Cooper gushes over his 4-month-old son Wyatt in adorable side-by-side snap

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Anderson Cooper welcomed his first child, Wyatt, via surrogate in April and is every inch a doting dad. 

The 53-year-old CNN anchor gave an update on his son who will turn five-months-old in just two weeks, calling him ‘such a happy baby.’

Cooper shared an adorable snap, with his 2.5m Instagram followers on Friday, in which he laid side-by-side with his son in bed. 

Family: Anderson Cooper shared an adorable snap, with his 2.5m Instagram followers on Friday, in which he laid side-by-side with his son in bed

Family: Anderson Cooper shared an adorable snap, with his 2.5m Instagram followers on Friday, in which he laid side-by-side with his son in bed 

The son of Gloria Vanderbilt wore black frame glasses and a soft maroon T-shirt as he flashed a bright smile to the camera. 

Meanwhile, Wyatt seemed to only be in a diaper and a white long-sleeve shirt that was pulled behind revealing his round baby belly. 

‘My son will be five months old in less than two weeks,’ Cooper captioned the selfie. ‘He is such a happy baby even though he has started teething.’ 

He went on to describe his son’s growing love of being read to with a classic children’s book. 

Growing: 'My son will be five months old in less than two weeks,' Cooper captioned the selfie. 'He is such a happy baby even though he has started teething' (pictured on Instagram in July)

Growing: ‘My son will be five months old in less than two weeks,’ Cooper captioned the selfie. ‘He is such a happy baby even though he has started teething’ (pictured on Instagram in July)

Co-parents: Cooper talked about why he brought in his ex-boyfriend Benjamin Maisani to co-parent his son, so Wyatt would be 'surrounded by love' (Cooper and Maisani in 2015)

Co-parents: Cooper talked about why he brought in his ex-boyfriend Benjamin Maisani to co-parent his son, so Wyatt would be ‘surrounded by love’ (Cooper and Maisani in 2015)

‘He loves being read to and so far Dr. Seuss is his favorite,’ he added. ‘Particularly, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.’ 

Though he joked ‘Ok, that’s my favorite, but he does seem to like it a lot.’ 

The journalist has previously opened up about his choice to co-parent Wyatt with his ex-boyfriend Benjamin Maisani, who he split from in 2018 after ten years together.  

Speaking in the June Pride issue of People, he said ‘I knew what it was like growing up without a dad,’ adding, ‘If there was ever something that happened to me, I would want Wyatt to be surrounded by love,’ in regards to his father Wyatt Cooper passing away during surgery when he was just 10. 

Siblings? In the same issue of the magazine, the new dad said he hasn't ruled out welcoming more children in the future

Siblings? In the same issue of the magazine, the new dad said he hasn’t ruled out welcoming more children in the future 

Change: Despite adjusting to his new schedule, which includes waking up around 7 a.m., after anchoring his CNN show every weekday night, his son has 'changed everything,' while speaking to WSJ. Magazine in August

Change: Despite adjusting to his new schedule, which includes waking up around 7 a.m., after anchoring his CNN show every weekday night, his son has ‘changed everything,’ while speaking to WSJ. Magazine in August 

In the same issue of the magazine, the new dad said he hasn’t ruled out welcoming more children in the future. 

‘I need to probably sleep a little bit more and clear my head, but I think it would be great, one day, to have a brother or sister for Wyatt,’ he said.  ‘I haven’t ruled anything out down the road.’ 

Despite adjusting to his new schedule, which includes waking up around 7 a.m., after anchoring his CNN show every weekday night, his son has ‘changed everything,’ while speaking to WSJ. Magazine in August.

‘It’s changed everything,’ he admitted. ‘I’ve often in my life felt like I was waiting for my actual life to begin – it’s obviously ridiculous because I’m 53 years old – but… I’ve been very focused on getting to some place, getting a story. Because I’m focused on him, it gives an order to everything.’

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Emily Ratajkowski embraces autumn on East Coast in oversized blazer while walking dog Colombo in NYC

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Emily Ratajkowski recently dropped a bombshell on the fashion industry, as she recounted the sexual assault she experienced during a photo shoot.

And the Inamorata founder is keeping her head held high, as her friends and fans rally around her in support.

She embraced autumn on the East Coast, as she sported an oversized tan blazer and a Yankees baseball cap, while walking her dog Colombo through her New York City neighborhood.

Autumn vibes: Emily Ratajkowski embraced autumn on the East Coast, as she sported an oversized tan blazer and a Yankees baseball cap, while walking her dog Colombo through her New York City neighborhood

Autumn vibes: Emily Ratajkowski embraced autumn on the East Coast, as she sported an oversized tan blazer and a Yankees baseball cap, while walking her dog Colombo through her New York City neighborhood

The 29-year-old paired the open coat with a black top, distressed straight leg jeans and a pair of white sneakers.

She finished the look with some black cat-eye sunglasses, gold hoop earrings and a black face mask.

Ratajkowski opened up Tuesday in a personal essay for The Cut about being assaulted by photographer Jonathan Leder in 2012, during a shoot at his home in Woodstock, New York.

She detailed the lingerie he had her wear, before asking her to go nude, as he offered her one glass of red wine after another.

Blue jean baby: The 29-year-old paired the open coat with a black top, distressed straight leg jeans and a pair of white sneakers

Blue jean baby: The 29-year-old paired the open coat with a black top, distressed straight leg jeans and a pair of white sneakers

Bombshell essay: Ratajkowski opened up Tuesday in a personal essay for The Cut about being assaulted by photographer Jonathan Leder in 2012, during a shoot at his home in Woodstock, New York (pictured in February, 2020)

Bombshell essay: Ratajkowski opened up Tuesday in a personal essay for The Cut about being assaulted by photographer Jonathan Leder in 2012, during a shoot at his home in Woodstock, New York (pictured in February, 2020)

Later, after the makeup artist for the unpaid shoot went to bed, she and Leder sat on the couch, where she ‘absentmindedly’ began rubbing her feet against him for warmth.

The Gone Girl actress wrote: ‘Most of what came next was a blur except for the feeling. I don’t remember kissing, but I do remember his fingers suddenly being inside of me. Harder and harder and pushing and pushing like no one had touched me before or has touched me since.’

A few years later, she learned that he was selling a book of risqué photographs from the unpaid shoot, which she originally only gave permission to use in a magazine.

Leder provided a copy of a release, which granted him the necessary rights, claiming it was signed by her agent at the time. 

The photographer’s representatives have since released a statement, denying her allegations: ‘Mr. Leder completely denies her outrageous libelous allegations of being “assaulted.” It is grotesque and sad that she is so vindictive about the publication of the photos.’

Ratajkowski took to Instagram after the essay was released, as she thanked her 26.8million followers for their support.

Traumatic experience: The Gone Girl actress wrote: 'Most of what came next was a blur except for the feeling. I don’t remember kissing, but I do remember his fingers suddenly being inside of me'

Traumatic experience: The Gone Girl actress wrote: ‘Most of what came next was a blur except for the feeling. I don’t remember kissing, but I do remember his fingers suddenly being inside of me’

Surprise book: A few years later, she learned that he was selling a book of risqué photographs from the unpaid shoot, which she originally only gave permission to use in a magazine

Surprise book: A few years later, she learned that he was selling a book of risqué photographs from the unpaid shoot, which she originally only gave permission to use in a magazine

Denied allegations: The photographer's representatives have since released a statement, denying her allegations: 'It is grotesque and sad that she is so vindictive about the publication of the photos' (Leder pictured in October, 2010)

Denied allegations: The photographer’s representatives have since released a statement, denying her allegations: ‘It is grotesque and sad that she is so vindictive about the publication of the photos’ (Leder pictured in October, 2010)

Supportive fans: Ratajkowski took to Instagram after the essay was released, as she thanked her 26.8million followers for their support

Supportive fans: Ratajkowski took to Instagram after the essay was released, as she thanked her 26.8million followers for their support

She wrote: ‘It’s been nothing short of life-changing to see how many women (and men!) this piece resonated with. 

‘Thank you to every single person who read, shared, commented and tagged me. I can’t tell you what it feels like to see my words in print and to hear from each and everyone of you. Thank you.’

The I Feel Pretty actress later expanded on the issue with V Magazine, opening up about how she’s evolved over the years as a model and entrepreneur in the fashion industry, as well as how she’s approached fragile masculinity.

She told friend and photographer Inez Van Lamsweerde: ‘In general, you have no control. When I was younger, I just kind of let things happen. And I struggled with that. 

‘I’m so glad that I don’t [have to do that] now. I’m not this passive person who is not in control. I’m 29, so I’m kind of leaving [that] behind.’

Ratajkowski continued: ‘I understand, with love, that men’s experiences have been really limited. The way that men feel and process shame is so different. 

‘You have to teach them about experiences that you, as a woman in the world, [have had]. Expose them to that.’

Standing strong: The I Feel Pretty actress later expanded on the issue with V Magazine: 'When I was younger, I just kind of let things happen. And I struggled with that. I’m so glad that I don’t [have to do that] now'

Standing strong: The I Feel Pretty actress later expanded on the issue with V Magazine: ‘When I was younger, I just kind of let things happen. And I struggled with that. I’m so glad that I don’t [have to do that] now’

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