"It's something I was proud of. I never meant to offend anyone," the 28-year-old actress said of her controversial Instagram post from the Cannes film festival in May -- featuring side-by-side images of the star in a gold gown on the red carpet, which she captioned "L.A. face with an Oakland booty."
Lively's "Baby Got Back" post quickly became the center of controversy, with many calling her caption "racially insensitive" -- but Lively insists the post was meant to be celebratory, and even garnered support from the song's writer.
"But Sir Mix-A-Lot, he actually said a very nice thing, he was very defensive and kind, because it's just about celebrating women's bodies, and that's what I was doing," the actress stated. "I would never want to hurt anyone's feelings or upset anyone."
The Shallows star is of course referring to Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s op-ed, published by The Hollywood Reporter in May, in which the rapper claimed he "liked" Lively's post, and was even "surprised by the criticism" it received.
"I wrote this song not as a battle between the races," the 52-year-old rapper said. "I wrote the song because I wanted Cosmopolitan, I wanted all these big magazines to kind of open up a little bit and say, 'Wait a minute, this may not be the only beautiful.'"
"It sounds like to me like she was giving the line props," Sir-Mix-A-Lot explained, defending Lively’s post. "There are women out there with those curves everywhere, and they were once considered fat. And that’s what the song was about. It wasn’t about some race battle."
And it seems the rapper and Lively were on the same page, as she elaborated on the motivation behind her post on-air. "I was celebrating my body," said the actress, who is currently expecting baby No. 2 with husband Ryan Reynolds. "It's nice to have a nice curve and not look like you're starving to death."
The star also took the time to talk more about body image, and representation in the media.
"It's also unfair what you see in the media so much. What I look like on a red carpet is not what I look like in real life. Even in that dress, I'm wearing a great, tiny corset that like someone has cinched me in within an inch of my life and it's the most favorable version," Lively stated. "So when you look at yourself in the mirror at home and you don't look like that, you think, 'Well, why do those people look like that?' But when I go home and take off that dress and look in the mirror, I don’t look like that either."
However, Lively does admit the fashionista in her loves to dress up. "It's fun to dress up and look good on the red carpet, but it's not representative [of everyday]."
Lively sure does know how to dress to impress! The actress has been killing it on her press tour for The Shallows -- so far she has rocked four different looks in just two days! Check out some of Lively's amazing outfits in the video below.