Olivia Wilde: ‘I’m a Mother, and I Look Like One’

ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Feb 2016
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Shirtless and proud, Olivia Wilde graces the cover of April’s Shape magazine. While the new mom attributes her stunning photos to clever posing and great lighting, she’s more confident than ever.

“I am not in perfect shape. In fact, I’m softer than I’ve ever been, including that unfortunate semester in high school when I simultaneously discovered Krispy Kreme and pot,” she wrote in her own profile for the magazine. “The photos of me in this magazine have been generously constructed to show my best angles, and I assure you, good lighting has been warmly embraced. The truth is, I’m a mother, and I look like one.”

While she is embracing the body she initially described as “a partially deflated pool toy,” Wilde is also committed to newly-discovered workout: dancercise.

“I believe in a world where mothers are not expected to shed any physical evidence of their child-bearing experience,” she says." I don’t want to waste my time striving for some subjective definition of perfection. I’d rather rebuild my strength while dancing my ass off…literally."

Wilde’s been following 2Fly, the dance fitness program created by Kristin Sudeikis, the sister of her fiancé Jason Sudeikis. And she insists she’s doing it for one person: herself.

“Listen, baby or no baby, getting out of the house to exercise is a serious achievement,” she says. “If you’re going to haul your behind to a class, it’s not going to be for anyone else; not your partner, nemesis, mother, or tabloid bloggers—just you. And your special relationship with your own damn fat cells.”

April’s issue of Shape is available on newsstands now.

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