The following scenario has probably happened to every woman: gain a little weight, and suddenly, well-meaning strangers are congratulating you on the new baby. Actress and mom Tia Mowry believes this misunderstanding is a form of body shaming.
Tia is often mistaken for being pregnant by folks on social media. The star had to address her weight gain this summer and let people know she wasn’t expecting.
Back then, Mowry posted a photo on Instagram of a pregnancy test that said, “just fat,” the Los Angeles Times reported. She also posed the caption, “FYI. For all the people that think I’m pregnant. I’m NOT enjoying life and eating and cooking some great food! Thanks:) again I repeat I AM NOT PREGNANT!”
The post earned her tons of negative comments on her page.
Now, Tia’s recent weight gain has inspired people to speculate again about whether or not she’s bringing another bundle of joy into the world, and she reiterated her message from the summer — she isn’t pregnant.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) December 8, 2015
Mowry’s explanation for her weight gain: happiness, she said during an interview with Huffington Post Live.
“I just looked at my Instagram […] and someone was insinuating that I’m pregnant again. Guys, I am not pregnant, I am just happy. I’ve gained these extra whatever 10 [or] 15 pounds because of my cooking show. I eat my food. I’m enjoying life, and when I want to drop the pounds, I will, but right now I’m happy with who I am.”
Most people will remember Mowry, 37, from her show Sister, Sister, but these days, she hosts a cooking show called Tia Mowry At Home. She’s also appeared in Fox’s Rosewood, and her Nick at Nite show Instant Mom was recently canceled.
It wasn’t clear whether the comments on social media speculating about the cause of her weight gain were overwhelmingly negative or simply debated about whether it was caused by pregnancy, but either way, she took it as an insult, People reported.
“It’s pretty unfortunate. We live in a society that is so obsessed with being perfect. Why can’t we just be us? Someone even wrote on my Instagram today, ‘Looks like you’ve picked up a little weight. I hope you lose it.’ It’s like, really? Why do you feel the need to say that?”
Tia noted that body shaming is endemic on social media and that it needs to stop, starting with changing what we consider to be beautiful.
“We need to be more supportive with everything. With body images, especially with women, showing that all sizes are beautiful,” she added. “And I’m talking about in magazines, advertisement in regard to what’s sexy and what’s not sexy. We all need to be a little more supportive of each other. I think if we start there, we’ll see a difference.”
But if people are genuinely wondering if your sudden weight gain may in fact be a new, growing baby, do such comments really deserve to be categorized with more intentionally insulting observations about one celeb’s too-buxom bod, or another’s too-thin one? (an issue Ariel Winter and Ariana Grande recently spoke out against, the Inquisitr previously reported)
— Marie Claire (@marieclaire) December 8, 2015
Are we perhaps becoming a little too sensitive when curious, albeit probably inappropriate, questions about weight gain are demonized?
Regardless of whether Tia Mowry, who already has a four-year-old son, has another baby, she and husband Cory Hardrict are pretty forward-thinking when it comes to marriage and raising a child.
Both celebs are pretty busy — Mowry has multiple TV shows underway, and Corey stars in movies — so both take on roles regardless of whether the husband or wife is “supposed” to do them. And that, Tia said in the same Post interview, has allowed her to chase her dreams and raise a family.
“We don’t put gender roles on our marriage and our relationship. If I’m working a lot and Cory’s home, he will put Cree to bed, and if dishes need to be washed, he will wash them. So it’s not like, ‘Oh, I’m going to wait until my wife gets home and she’s going to be doing all that.’ I have goals and aspirations, and I believe that you can go after your dreams and it can work if someone’s there that’s supporting you.”
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