What with all the high-profile model pregnancies we’ve been seeing lately (Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Molly Sims, for starters), it’s easy to forget that for anyone below the level of “supermodel,” pregnancy could seriously derail one’s entire career. I mean, think about it. Pregnancy makes you gain weight, which models are not allowed to do, ergo, it puts most models out of commission for at least a year (most likely longer). Which is why it was so refreshing to read the profile of Arizona Muse The Telegraph ran yesterday, in which the 23-year-old top model and mother of an almost-3-year-old son showed quite a bit of candor on the subject.

When asked about other famous model moms, she replied, “I think the others were established before they had children. I had a child and then became established, which I would not recommend doing! I highly recommend getting your career established first and then having children.” Muse said she initially thought her modeling career was over after having her son Nikko, but ultimately decided to try to return to it in an effort to support her son as a single mother.

And unlike most celebs who claim their post-pregnancy weight melted off through moderate amounts of diet and exercise, Muse admitted that it wasn’t easy:

At first I was like, ‘I’m going to be fat forever!’ 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 favorite 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. And breastfeed. I’m a big advocate of breastfeeding.

Sounds like good advice to me. It also makes me happy that I don’t work in a profession that relies on physical perfection, because it’s hard enough thinking about how much daycare’s going to cost (should I ever decide to reproduce) without wondering if nine months of pregnancy will permanently ruin my ability to do my job.

(Via The Telegraph UK)