Celebrities play a large part in acceptability, accessibility and societal change, and Halsey is showing that a postpartum body is nothing to be ashamed of.
The ‘Without Me’ singer has been very candid about their body, previous to their pregnancy she was open surrounding their struggle with endometriosis.
Well, in one of their most recent Instagram posts, Halsey shows off their postpartum belly as part off their documentation of being a new parent to baby Ender who was born last month.
“Well…this is what it look like,” they captioned the post.
And their belly (in the next to last slide), shown up close with visible stretch marks and a tattoo that reads, “baby” right above their pelvis, looks like so many of our bellies.
It is particularly empowering as it differs from the usual stories we hear from celebrities where their bodies seem to magically spring back in a week (we’re looking at you, Kardashians). So when celebrity parents with a huge platform share their true postpartum life, it’s pretty amazing.
Since going public with their pregnancy, Halsey has done so much to normalize and de-stigmatize pregnancy and early parenthood.
Just last week, Halsey shared an image of them nursing baby Ender in honor of World Breastfeeding Week.
“Wear those tiger stripes proud, mama!! Love to see it,” wrote one fan.
“Thank you for posting your stretch marks!” added another.
“Nice to see a real mom, not someone explaining that you must have a six-pack two days after giving a birth,” someone else added.
Halsey also gave a small glimpse into their new family life, sharing a picture of their partner Alev Aydin with Ender, as well as a cool looking nursery.
Following up on their activism in destigmatizing early parenthood, they’ve gone as far as creating an album that champions theirs and other parents’ bodies.
“This album is a concept album about the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth,” the singer shared in a statement.
“It was very important to me that the cover art conveyed the sentiment of my journey over the past few months. The dichotomy of the Madonna and the Whore. The idea that me as a sexual being and my body as a vessel and gift to my child are two concepts that can co-exist peacefully and powerfully.
“My body has belonged to the world in many different ways the past few years, and this image is my means of reclaiming my autonomy and establishing my pride and strength as a life force for my human being.”
The album’s cover art features a picture of Halsey with 1 breast exposed.
“This cover image celebrates pregnant and postpartum bodies as something beautiful, to be admired. We have a long way to go with eradicating the social stigma around bodies and breastfeeding. I hope this can be a step in the right direction!”
Keep up the amazing work, Halsey!