Body acceptance is a journey, especially in the early months of motherhood. For Stephanie Beatriz, giving birth to her daughter changed how she sees her body. The “Encanto” star wants to make sure that she sets a good example for her daughter, and it all starts with loving her own body.
The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star got candid at the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar party about what motherhood has done to her way of thinking about her body.
“But honestly, I think it’s the way it’s made me understand myself and my relationship with my body,” she told TODAY. “Because I think a lot of women struggle with body dysmorphia, eating disorders, disordered eating. And I think weirdly having a kid made me go, ‘Oh, what do I want this person to know about their body?’ So it made me really appreciate my own body, myself, much more.”
Beatriz elaborated, telling the outlet that her self-love journey is for her daughter, Rosaline. The actress wants to lead by example. She doesn’t want her daughter to struggle with the pressures of attaining the “perfect” body. For Beatriz, it is all about her little girl, who she was in labor with when recording Waiting on A Miracle, knowing her own worth.
“I think in my youth, I was really stressed and worried about, Am I thin enough? Do I fit in the dresses? Do I look right on the carpet? And now, really, after having a kiddo—and she’s a girl—I think about how I want her to feel in her body, and so I try to embody that as well,” Stephanie Beatriz told Cosmopolitan. “My body served me so well. It’s this vehicle for my art, and I don’t take it for granted, and I celebrate what it’s capable of.”