We Love Kate Winslet's Inspiring Views On Body Image & Motherhood

mbg Contributor By Emi Boscamp
mbg Contributor
Emi Boscamp is the former News Editor at mindbodygreen. She received a BA in English and minors in Spanish and Art History from Cornell University.

We may know Kate Winslet best for her breakthrough role as a passenger aboard an ill-fated ship, but her recent interview with UK's Harper's Bazaar tells us she has her feet placed firmly on the ground.

Her goal has never been perfection — in fact, she views struggle as a essential component of life.

In the interview, the Oscar-winning actress talks about raising her three children during emotionally difficult times, including her two divorces. She says she wouldn't have had it any other way.

"I think it's very important to teach your children to struggle on some level," Winslet, 39, says in the publication's March cover story. "I wouldn't change a thing. Even all the bad bits. It doesn't matter how [bad] times have been, they all matter, because those things shape who you are."

Winslet also excuses herself from Hollywood's ridiculous post-baby body standards. With three children, ranging in age from 14 years to 15 months, she neither has the time nor energy to indulge in body-conscious thoughts or post-baby diets.

"Have I actively been on a diet to lose my baby weight? No, I haven't. I genuinely bloody haven't," she told Bazaar, "I so didn't want to be one of those, 'Oh, wow, she's back in shape after 12 weeks' women. When I read things like that I just think, oh, for fuck's sake, that's actually impossible."

But this isn't the first time Winslet has spoken bluntly about her rather un-Hollywood approach to weight. In 2013, while still pregnant, she told Time Out London that her biggest priority is being a good mom. "We have one life. I don't want to spend my time thinking about the size of my arse," she said, "I want to be as healthy as I can be, and I want to have as much fun as I can have."

Rather than worrying about setting a record for how fast she can lose the baby weight, she's more likely to be found organizing fundraisers for her daughter's school and choosing new floor tiles.

"I want to keep my health and my sanity and be well fed and happy," she says. "My body will never go back to what it was and I wouldn't expect it to after three babies."

Thanks for being your awesome self, Kate. We're sure your self-accepting attitude — especially coming from someone held to such unrealistic standards — will resonate with mothers (and hopefully those who might have otherwise judged them, too) worldwide.

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