Everyone loves that Arizona Muse was a mom before she became a famous model. It's definitely unusual: While plenty of models have kids, most establish themselves first. But in Arizona's case, her motherhood might have even helped her career. Not only does it make her more relatable and mature (Anna Wintour called her a "gorgeous, smart grown-up" in her February 2011 editor's letter), but her adorable, curly headed toddler Nikko photographs beautifully. He appeared in Arizona's Vogue spread last year, as well as her shoot for J.Crew last April, and her new campaign for British label Next (shown). Now Muse tells the Telegraph that having a child helped get her body in shape for modeling. And by "in shape," she means thinner:
I think my body was better after I had a child, actually ... I prefer my body now to what it was like before I had Nikko — although I exercise now and I didn't then. I remember my mom saying that after you have a baby you get really thin. So you gain all that weight and then you just lose it and keep losing it. You're breastfeeding and you're busy and you're tired … so that helped.
Which isn't to say she didn't gain weight during her pregnancy (who do you think she is, Gisele?):
At first I was like, "I'm going to be fat for ever!" I think we all feel that way after we have a baby.
I threw away so many clothes thinking that it would be so depressing having them sitting in my drawer when they're never going to fit me. I got rid of my favourite pair of jeans, which of course would fit me now. You just have to give your body time. You can't have a three-month-old baby and think, "That's it for me." I tell mothers that you have to wait a whole year before you start judging your body, before you start working on it. Just give yourself a whole year of rest.
Muse does say that she "would not recommend" having a child before getting one's career in order and admits that it has been difficult; she chose not to travel for jobs when Nikko was a baby. However, she says it's nice when it comes to interviews because people ask her about motherhood instead of silly fluff questions. Like, you know, what about her dating Freja Beha Erichsen? The article makes no mention of it.
Most Viewed Stories
It’s Harder to Be Thin Than It Was in the ’80s
Why Do I Jerk Awake Right As I’m Falling Asleep?
Guess Who Renovated This Grand Upper West Side Penthouse
Michelle Obama: No Boy Is Cute Enough to Keep You From Getting an Education
A Pregnant Supermodel Explains What She Eats
Selfie Sorority Uses Media Frenzy for Good Cause
The Internet of Parents Is Miserable and I Love It
‘Truly Ugly Guy With Glasses’ Is Europe’s Most Virile Man
The World’s Easiest Way to Highlight Your Face
Meet the Prom Queen of Instagram
From Our Partners
Thrillist: Things No Self-Respecting Adult Should Be Doing on Facebook
The Fashion Spot
New Study Says People Think Better of You When You Wear Black
The Day I Told The Ugly Truth About My Marriage
The Art of Loving and Losing Female Friends
powered by PubExchange
The Cut’s Latest Fashion FeaturesFrom Up Close, Raf Simons’s Vision for Dior Is Clear
And don't count John Galliano out at Margiela yet.5 Things I Want to Wear From Paris: Part 2
Cropped sweaters, a spangled skirt, and more.Jaden Smith and Kesha Partied This Week
Along with Cindy Crawford, Anjelica Huston, Rita Ora, and Lena Dunham.Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid Partied in Balmain
Plus: more highlights from Paris Fashion Week's parties, including Jared Leto.See All the Street Style From Paris Fashion Week
Featuring wooden platforms, velvet robes, and floor-length ponchos.Who Won Best-Dressed at Milan Fashion Week?
Another city, another people's choice Peacock.See Our Exclusive Portfolio From Paris Fashion Week
Photographer Tomasz Lazar's latest dispatch from Fashion Month.Style Smackdown: Olivia Pope vs. Cookie Lyon
Judging the best looks from this week's episodes.Never Mind the Feminist Sound-Bites, Rick Owens Just Showed His Best Clothes Yet
Gymnast models symbolizing "women supporting women" wore mature yet spontaneous looks.Grace Jones Is Having the Wildest Book Tour Ever [NSFW]
She flashed crowds at her signing in New York.
The designer is showing his newest collection in a video.All About Dior’s Spring 2016 Show
Rihanna, lavender walls, and pointy flats.Cecilia Dean on Her Latest Immersive Fashion Project
A downtown art event with DVF and Proenza Schouler.Dior Built a Huge Flower Wall for Its Show
Just breathe that in.The Selfie-Stick Fashion Generation
Today’s young designers focus too often on their feelings.Rick Owens Dressed Models in ... Other Models
Harnesses were involved.And Now, Celebrity Wax Figures Dressed in Lederhosen
And other Austrian garb. It's Oktober!Nicki Minaj Has the Most-Liked Photos From MFW
And other tidbits from Instagram.Bella Hadid Wants to Compete in the 2016 Olympics
The model is also an accomplished horsewoman.4 Things I Want to Wear From Paris: Part 1
From embellished pastel coats to the perfect pair of high-waisted jeans.