"The struggle is that I am doing a movie in a bikini eight months after having a baby, and there is a level of insecurity and vanity that comes with that," Lively, now pregnant with her and husband Ryan Reynolds' second child, revealed. "You don't want to be the person in the magazines that they are saying, 'Ugh, look at her,' rather than, 'Wow, look at her.'"
"That's a shame because there shouldn't be that negative 'ugh' after someone has a baby," she continued. "Your body is so beautiful. You couldn't walk a Victoria's Secret runway, but it's beautiful in a completely different and incredible way."
"I do wish I had the bravery to go out there and represent women as they actually look," Lively added.
"It's so unfair though because [post-baby weight loss is] so celebrated," she told Australian morning show Sunrise."And I think a woman's body after having a baby is pretty amazing. You don't need to be Victoria's Secret-ready right away because you just did the most incredible miracle that life has to offer. You gave birth to a human being! I'd really like to see that celebrated."