• Katie Holmes shared her epic blazer and bandeau bra shots on Instagram.
  • The pictures, as the actress explained in the post’s caption, were taken behind-the-scene at a recent photo shoot she did for Vogue Australia.
  • Fans noticed that the photos, which show off Katie’s stomach and much of her chest, are unedited and show off some of the star’s stretch marks. Delighted followers took the comments on Katie’s Instagram post to praise her decision to share her unedited body with the world.

Katie Holmes is living that #NoFilter life on Instagram, and her fans are here for it. Earlier this month, the 40-year-old actress and mother took to Instagram to share what might just be two of her sexiest pictures of all time.

The shots, taken behind-the-scenes at Holmes’ recent Vogue Australia photo shoot, feature the star striking a couple of sultry poses while wearing an open, black blazer paired with nothing but a matching, black bandeau bra underneath. In the second photo, the stretch marks on her stomach are visible and aren’t edited out.

“💕💕💕 it is wonderful to be working today with such amazing women!” Holmes wrote in the post’s caption, highlighting the feminist vibes that apparently permeated the shoot.

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#bts @vogueaustralia 💕💕💕 it is wonderful to be working today with such amazing women!

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It’s true the pictures are sexy AF, but what the actress’ most diehard fans are praising most in the snaps isn’t her always on-point sense of style. No, the thing fans are really celebrating about this post is the fact that the photos show that Katie Holmes has stretch marks and she doesn’t feel the need to edit it out of photos.

“Love how beautiful and natural you are with your body. You aren’t afraid to show your body exactly how it is ❤️,” one fan commented.

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“So bold!! I love that you’re slightly showing the pregnancy warrior marks. You go girl!!!! 💪🏾,” another wrote.

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Some of Holmes’ celebrity friends slid into the comments with compliments of their own, too.

“👏👏👏 Gorgeous ❤️❤️❤️,” Naomi Watts wrote.

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People Are Loving Katie Holmes’ Unretouched Stretch Marks In This Photo

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Katie Holmes took to Instagram a few days ago to share some behind-the-scenes shots from a recent photoshoot she did with Vogue Australia, and her fans are *here* for the photos. In both shots, Holmes is seen wearing a bra, blazer, and high-waisted dress pants while striking fierce poses.

The second photo shows a glimpse of the 40-year-old actress’ stretch marks on her stomach. While it’s not something she alludes to in the caption, Holmes’ post resonated with fans from around the globe. (This woman is also reminding everyone that stretch marks are beautiful.)

“Love how beautiful and natural you are with your body,” one fan commented. “You aren’t afraid to show your body exactly how it is.”

Another said: “So bold!! I love that you’re slightly showing the pregnancy warrior marks. You go, girl!!!!”

“I zoomed in and saw your stretch marks! It made me cry to see how proud you are of them,” commented another person.

Hundreds of others thanked Holmes for “being real”, calling her a “true beauty of a mother.” (Related: Katie Holmes On Confidence, Hot Fudge Sundaes, and Workouts with Suri)

Holmes isn’t the only celeb to embrace her stretch marks and share unretouched photos on social media. Jameela Jamil posted a selfie last spring showing the stretch marks on her boobs, calling them her “babe marks” and “a normal, beautiful thing.” (Padma Lakshmi has given a shoutout to her stretch marks, too.)

More recently, Kate Upton posed in retouched photos on the cover of Health to call attention to the fact that staging and heavily editing photos has, in many ways, become “the new norm.”

“And then we believe that’s how people actually look, and we think we should look that way too,” the model said in her cover story interview.

But when women like Upton, Jamil, and Holmes share their real, authentic, unedited selves with the world, it reminds people everywhere that FaceTuning and Photoshopping don’t have to be the new norm.

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While Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue is getting more and more size-inclusive — there were four “curvy” models on the roster this year — that doesn’t mean the magazine’s photos aren’t manipulated. You’re probably not likely to see cellulite or stretch marks, for example. A more diverse set of bodies is certainly on display, but SI’s pages still promote a certain smooth-skinned, ideal woman.

But one ad in the issue is putting those kinds of “imperfections” on display anyway, and it’s pretty great.

Lane Bryant’s Cacique swim line, featured for its second year in a row in the swimsuit issue, includes a close-up of a non-sample size model wearing a cute, nautical bikini. She is completely unretouched. That means the stretch marks on her stomach are not only clearly visible but almost the focus of the entire photo. Over the image in plain white font is written, “My Confidence … Inspired by #ThisBody.”

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If you’re not impressed by this fact, just remember that up until the body-positive brand Swimsuits for All took out an ad featuring Ashley Graham in 2015, the closest Sports Illustrated came to including a curvy model in the swim issue was putting Kate Upton on the cover. The very next year, after all the hype of the campaign, Ashley landed the cover.

The point is, these ads, if talked about, have the power to change things. Maybe next year the entire issue will celebrate women’s bodies as they are, without Photoshop. Hey, a girl can dream.

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Model Kate Upton called Victoria’s Secret a ‘snooze fest’ and criticized the brand for not being ‘body inclusive’

  • Model Kate Upton has criticized Victoria’s Secret, calling it a “snooze fest.”
  • She said the lingerie brand has failed to be “body inclusive” when she was a guest on Andy Cohen’s show “Watch What Happens Live.”
  • “You know what? We’re sick of seeing the same body type,” she said. “You have to be body inclusive now.”
  • Upton was previously criticised by Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show creative director Sophia Neophitou for being “like a Page 3 girl” and “too obvious.”
  • Victoria’s Secret has come under fire in recent years for issues including its failure to include plus-size models in its runway shows, as well as for transphobic comments made by its chief marketing officer Ed Razek in 2018.
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Model Kate Upton has blasted lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret, criticizing VS for failing to be “body inclusive” and branding it a “snooze fest.”

Upton, who was a guest on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live,” didn’t mince her words when she was asked about the possible cancellation of the iconic VS Fashion Show this year.

Upton clarified that she “did work” with Victoria’s Secret previously, as in 2013 she starred in a catalogue for the brand, but told Cohen she felt VS had made no effort to be more inclusive. “You know what? We’re sick of seeing the same body type. You have to be body inclusive now.”

As the audience and fellow guest 50 Cent whooped and cheered, she continued: “Every woman needs to be represented, otherwise it’s a snooze fest.”

Read more: The rise and fall of Victoria’s Secret, America’s most famous lingerie retailer

Although Upton did not go into more detail about her personal relationship with the brand, she was previously criticized by Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show creative director Sophia Neophitou for being “like a Page 3 girl.” Neophitou was interviewed by The New York Times for a profile on Upton in 2012 and said that Upton was “too obvious” and that they “would never use ” in one of their runway shows.

Neophitou said at the time, “She’s like a footballer’s wife, with the too-blond hair and that kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy.”

Upton went on to enjoy a successful modeling career, starring on the covers of magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, and Sports Illustrated. She was voted Hottest Woman of 2018 by Maxim.

She has also launched a fitness programme with her personal trainer Ben Bruno called Strong4Me to “help women of any fitness level build strength and confidence.”

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Victoria’s Secret has come under fire in recent years for issues including its failure to include plus-size models in its runway shows, as well as for transphobic comments made by its chief marketing officer Ed Razek in 2018. Razek told Vogue, “Shouldn’t you have transsexuals in the show? No … Because the show is a fantasy.”

He later apologized and said his words “came across as insensitive,” adding that many transgender models had come to castings. A year later Brazilian trans model Valentina Sampaio was hired and made history as the first trans woman to feature in a VS brand campaign.

Read more: Victoria’s Secret is taking steps to shed its much-criticized image. Here are 4 things that the brand has changed this year.

Former VS Angel Karlie Kloss also told Vogue in July that she had ended her relationship with the brand as she said, “I decided to stop working with Victoria’s Secret as I didn’t feel it was an image that was truly reflective of who I am and the kind of message I want to send to young women around the world about what it means to be beautiful.”

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A few weeks ago, VS Angel Shanina Shaik told the Australian Daily Telegraph that Victoria’s Secret had cancelled its 2019 show. She said, “Unfortunately the Victoria’s Secret show won’t be happening this year. It’s something I’m not used to because every year around this time I’m training like an angel.”

She continued, “But I’m sure in the future something will happen, which I’m pretty sure about. I’m sure they’re trying to work on branding and new ways to do the show because it’s the best show in the world.”

Victoria’s Secret has not released an official statement regarding this year’s show.

  • In her most recent episode of #PHITTalks on Instagram stories, Halle Berry shared her go-to product for reducing stretch marks.
  • Berry says she swears by Bio-Oil, which you can find at most drugstores and Amazon for under $20.
  • Bio-Oil has tons of positive reviews from people who say it has truly made a difference in reducing the appearance of their stretch marks, scars, and other skin discolorations.

It’s no secret that Halle Berry is insanely fit. The 53-year-old actress works hard in the gym with her trainer, Peter Lee Thomas. And every Friday, the two take to Instagram to answer her fan’s top fitness and wellness questions.

Bio-Oil Skincare Oil amazon.com $14.99

In her most recent episode of #PHITTalks, Berry addressed a struggle that every woman can relate to: How do I reduce stretch marks?

Surprisingly, Berry’s go-to product can be found at practically any drugstore. “It’s the only thing I believe, just in my personal opinion, that actually puts a dent in removing your stretch marks and that’s this oil called Bio-Oil,” she said on her Instagram stories.

“I’ve been using it for, I don’t know, 15 years now. I got through both of my children, this oil helped. I got through stretch marks from my gymnastics days as a kid, this oil helped—and as you see, I use it so much mine is almost empty,” she added.

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There’s no tried-and-true method that doctors recommend for preventing and reducing stretch marks, because they’re actually a type of scar. Science is mixed on whether stretch mark creams and oils can actually help. However, some do show promise and are generally safe to use. Pro tip: These products give the best results when applied on stretch marks that are fresh (think: still pink or red in tone), Meghan Feely, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New Jersey and New York City who serves as a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai recently told Prevention.

Plus, Berry isn’t the only person that raves about this oil—the $15 product has more 6,900 raving reviews on Amazon. Tons of people say it works wonders on stretch marks, scars, age spots, and even discoloration caused by acne.

“I used this twice daily starting in the second trimester and am happy to report NO STRETCH MARKS now after pregnancy!” on reviewer wrote.

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“Men don’t like to talk about it but we get stretch marks just the same as women do. I’ve had some weight gain and loss since childhood and it had left me with stretch marks that crippled my self-esteem,” another reviewer wrote. “I used this product infrequently a few years ago but noticed small results. I bought it again and have used the product twice daily for about 6 months. The discoloring on my stretch mark scarring has changed and now looks a lot more unnoticeable.”

“My age spots have gone from embarrassingly noticeable to almost non-existent. I could not be more thrilled,” added another.

These types of products work differently for everyone, but at under $20, it’s totally worth a shot if it feels like nothing has made a difference. Not getting the results you’re looking for with just lotions and oils? Check out these other stretch mark treatments.

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Halle Berry Swears By This Stretch After a Tough Workout

Halle Berry just revealed the secret to how she stays fit: stretching. For Week 8 of her #FitnessFriday series, the actress talked about how she incorporates stretching into her fitness program.

“After I work out, it’s important for me to stretch and lengthen,” she wrote in the caption of a photo of herself practicing yoga in a black leotard. “Fitness is not just about running, lifting and punching. For me, being athletic and super fit is also about being still, stretching and breathing.”

Berry called out the benefits of slowing things down with a stretching routine. “Including stretching in my fitness program helps my muscles stay long, limber, improves my mobility and range of motion and, most importantly, helps me avoid injuries,” she said.

RELATED: 15 Stretches You Should Do Every Day

She also included one of her go-to yoga poses, the shoulder stand, which she said stretches her spine and legs. “I feel 2 inches taller after this stretch!” she wrote, then went into other perks of doing yoga, like stress management and better sleep.

Berry encouraged her followers to share their favorite yoga poses, and she promoted a hip mobility exercise featured on her Instagram story. (Her trainer, Peter Lee Thomas, performed the move.) Shortly after her post went up, fans were quick to respond with the restorative poses they love.

If Berry’s post has convinced you to do more stretching, check out these four stretches we suggest you incorporate into your routine. Yoga stretching just might be the secret of her success. This movie star mother of two is 51 years old, and she’s never looked more incredible—she comes off as relaxed, fit, and most of all, healthy.

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Even though the famous people use a lot of time and money to look beautiful they can fight against nature. They have the same body as you and me and as us, they have the same problems with their bodies and celebrities with stretch marks are as common as regular folks with stretch marks.

Stretch marks is a bitch and for some people it is a really big problem, but if these really celebrities can become top actress, top musicians or supermodels with stretch marks, it means that the rest of us have a chance to get by in life even with this annoying thing.

You need to check out the article about how to get rid of stretch marks fast to find the best solution to your problem but read on to find out that world star idols have the same problem with stretch marks as anybody else.

Scarlett Johansson Stretch Marks

Scarlett Johansson who is a world start actress staring movies like Iron Man 2, Under the Skin and other top dollar movies have stretch marks, but as a lot of other famous people she have the money to hide it the best possible way.

More: Does Laser stretch mark removal work?

Kim Kardashian Stretch Marks

I’m not really sure what one should call Kim Kardashian occupation besides she is a world star girl who make a lot of money doing … nothing besides the family show called Keeping up with the Kardashians (have to admit that I don’t see it, because those people are simply without a brain but rich though) and trying to get her face on the first page in the news.

Regarding stretch marks and Kim Kardashian then it safe to say, that she also gets it during a pregnancy like the pictures from www.celebdirtylaundry.com shows:

Kim Kardashian in Short Shorts Shows Off Cellulite, Stretch Marks, and Flabby Legs on Lunch Date (PHOTOS)

But she have been fighting against getting stretch marks on her belly and it have worked out fine by using her “secret” oils like you can read from yahoo news:

The new mom shared the contents of her makeup bag with MailOnline, and — surprise! — none of it costs more than $31!

In addition to beauty standbys from familiar brands — like Dove Body Scrub (“I love this; it’s great for prepping the skin,” she said) and Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Wipes (“This is one of my most essential products, I need a makeup wipe at all times”) — Kardashian also raved about some items that aren’t as well-known, like Bio-Oil and Moroccan Oil.

“It prevents wrinkles around my eyes and stretch marks over my body,” she said of Bio-Oil, a natural skincare oil. Moroccan Oil, she says, she uses to give her hair extra shine.

You might want to check out the bio-oil for stretch marks and see if it can help you, but you need to remember oils only work for the outside and stretch marks are formed from the inside.

Jennifer Hudson Stretch Marks

I think it is a safe to say that Jennifer Hudson have stretch marks without documenting it, because it can be seen on almost every picture of her. You can see it in her arms or the breast and the reason that she might have more stretch marks than normal is because she used to be overweight.

Kate Beckinsale Stretch Marks

Another famous star is Kate Beckinsale who have openly said that she have stretch marks:

I don’t know how people think you can go from eight-and-a-half stone to over 12 stone when you’re pregnant and not get them. I’ve got stretch marks everywhere.

She denies that she have used plastic surgery to remove her stretch marks, which seems rather unlikely since they are gone all of sudden, but if she wants people to believe that stretch marks like hers can vanish naturally why should one question that then.

Other celebrities who either told out loud or have been taken picture by their stretch marks are women like Shakira, Halle Berry, Cindy Crawford, Jessica Alba, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Victoria Beckham and not to forget Angelina Jolie.

The realities of postpartum, as told by celebrity moms Beyonce, Chrissy Teigen and more

Ah yes, the miracle of life.

Although having a baby is an incredible experience, it’s also very taxing on a woman’s body and mind.

From postpartum depression to stretch marks to pumping breast milk every few hours, there’s so much more to post-childbirth than just having a shiny new baby to play with and snuggle.

And in the age of social media, where everyone looks perfect all the time and we see celebrities flaunting their snap-back game, there are a handful of stars out there showing us the reality of life after childbirth.

Here are some celeb moms who are normalizing the reality of postpartum.

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen isn’t one to shy away from – well, anything really. The supermodel is an open book.

She opened up about suffering from postpartum depression after giving birth in 2016 to Luna, her first child with husband John Legend.

Two months after giving birth to her second child, Miles, Teigen tweeted a topless photo of her standing next to Legend and uploaded a video of her stomach in a bikini. She captioned the latter: “mom bod alert!”

She added that though she was comfortable enough posting the photos, it doesn’t mean she’s quite confident in her body and still feels some insecurity.

“Instagram is crazy. I think it’s awesome people have killer bodies and are proud to show them off (I really do!!) but I know how hard it can be to forget what (for lack of a better word) regular ol’ bodies look like when everyone looks bonkers amazing,” the 33-year-old tweeted.

More:Chrissy Teigen says Luna and Miles helped her be ‘very happy’ with her body

Rachel McAdams

Breast pumping, but make it fashion.

New breastfeeding moms know that it doesn’t matter where you are, sometimes you just have to pump. In Rachel McAdams’ case, she was in a middle of a photoshoot for Girls, Girls, Girls Magazine six months after giving birth to her first child.

“I have clothes on, and that’s a good thing. I don’t even know what I’m wearing today. The shoes are held together with glue. Isn’t that sad? I need to get a life,” McAdams told the magazine.

Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff took a page out of McAdams’ book and went for the fierce-breast-pumping look, as well.

Duff said she was in the middle of getting her hair dyed at a salon and needed to pump, so she decided to have fun with it and re-created the actress’ photo shoot.

Bekah Martinez

Not only did the “Bachelor” alumna share photos from her water birth, shortly after she posted a picture of her post-baby body on Instagram stories.

Four days after giving birth to her daughter, the then-23-year-old posted a photo of herself to Instagram stories wearing an adult diaper and lifting up her shirt to expose her postpartum belly.

“So amazing what we can do,” Martinez captioned the photo. “I’ve never felt so much respect and love for my body, diaper and all.” She hashtagged the photo #ThisIsPostPartum

More:Bekah Martinez embraces postpartum body, says she’s ‘truly lucky’

Anne Hathaway

The snap-back game isn’t easy for celebrities either.

Anne Hathaway shared that she was cutting up a pair of jeans so she could have shorts for the summer since her pre-baby shorts no longer fit her properly. The actress opened up about gaining some pregnancy weight and how there shouldn’t be any shame associated with it.

“It’s all love (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise),” the mom of 2-year-old Jonathan shared.

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson has shared a series of photos of what life after birth was like.

Almost two months after giving birth to her daughter, Rani Rose, Hudson posted a mirror selfie to social media of her in workout gear baring her stomach. She wrote a long caption about how she was determined to get back in shape all while taking care of her kids and newborn.

“MY GOAL: I will be shooting a film in the spring and I’m looking to shed 25lbs. I’d like to try new workouts and eat as healthy as I can,” the mom of three wrote in the caption. “I wanna do all this and keep up milk production, raise my kids, work everyday, make time for my man, have girlfriend time and stay sane!”

Kate Hudson:Mom Goldie Hawn was ‘right in there’ during delivery of baby Rani Rose

Hilaria Baldwin

Just a day after giving birth to her third child, Leonardo, Hilaria Baldwin posted a photo of herself in her underwear to social media showing off her post-baby bump.

“It always makes me a bit nervous to do something like this, but I feel that in the age of such strong body shaming, I want to do all that I can to normalize a real body and promote healthy self esteem,” she captioned the photo.

She added that she took off her pads used for postpartum bleeding briefly to pose for this photo. She and husband Alec Baldwin now have four children together.

Beyoncé

Yes, even the “Flawless” Queen herself isn’t always “perfect.”

In an interview with Vogue, Beyoncé opened up about what her body went through during pregnancy and childbirth. She said after the birth of Blue Ivy Carter, who is now 7, she put a lot of pressure on herself to get her body back but decided to take it slow and embrace the process after the birth of the twins in June 2017.

“I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir. I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month. My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section,” Beyoncé told Vogue. “I needed time to heal, to recover. During my recovery, I gave myself self-love and self-care, and I embraced being curvier. I accepted what my body wanted to be.”

“To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts and thighs are fuller. I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it. I think it’s real. Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it. But right now, my little FUPA and I feel like we are meant to be,” she added.

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner has a baby bump, but she’s not pregnant. The actress went on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and let everyone know that she’s going to forever have a baby bump because she’s had three kids.

“I am not pregnant, but I have had three kids and there is a bump,” Garner told Ellen. “From now on, ladies, I will have a bump, and it will be my baby bump and let’s just all settle in and get used to it. It’s not going anywhere, I have a bump; its name is Violet, Sam and Sera.”

Pink

Pink fully embraced the changes her body went through after giving birth to her second child, Jameson Moon.

At the time she wrote that she was weighing in at 160 pounds and was 5 feet 3 inches tall, which would make her “obese.”

“I know I’m not at my goal or anywhere near it after Baby 2 but dammit I don’t feel obese. The only thing I’m feeling is myself,” Pink captioned the photo.

Brooklyn Decker

“Grace and Frankie” star Brooklyn Decker fired back at a social media critic who commented on her new “gangly look and said she was “confused” as to what happened since the actress “looked so good” in 2011’s “Just Go With It.”

Well, kids happened.

“For the upteenth time — because people love to comment on my body (or lack thereof) my children sucked the life out of my body and left behind the bag of bones,” tweeted the former “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit model. “I don’t now what else to tell you. I miss my boobs too — I don’t even know what to call them now.

More:Chrissy Teigen avoided postpartum depression by eating placenta

More:Depression in pregnant women and new moms is preventable, experts say. Here’s how

More:There’s more than one way moms are eating placenta. Here’s why and how they’re doing it

Stretch Mark Creams: What Works, What Doesn’t

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We hate to be the bearers of bad news but stretch mark creams might not be the miraculous skin-savers some of us thought they were.

Frank Wang, M.D., an assistant professor and dermatologist at the University of Michigan Health System, led a study that found that stretch mark-reducing creams might be completely ineffective—which means taking care of those marks may not be as easy as shelling out for a product and rubbing it over your belly.

  • RELATED: 4 Signs You Might Get Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

“We are finding a lot of changes in the second layer of the skin, which is called the dermis, including changes in elastic fibers, which is what this recent study was about,” says Dr. Wang. “What we haven’t published yet is that there are other changes occurring. The problem with a lot of the current creams and other modalities available is that they don’t seem to be able to effectively prevent those changes—or, for that matter, repair those changes once they’ve occurred. Very few products seem to be effective.”

According to Dr. Wang, almond oil, which is another popular stretch mark eliminator, might be a better option. “There’s a lot of very popular products out there: Almond oil, cocoa butter, olive oil and so forth. There is a little bit of scientific evidence that massage with bitter almond oil can be helpful to prevent stretch marks in pregnancy—but other studies involving almond oil have not really shown the same thing. Furthermore, there are popular products that have things like almond oil and cocoa butter—those really don’t seem to be effective for treatment or prevention.”

Preventing Stretch Marks

Dr. Wang and his team suggested that prevention is a smarter approach than treatment. “Based on the scientific evidence that’s out there, there is some evidence to suggest that topical creams containing centella, which is derived from a plant, as well as some products containing hyaluronic acid There’s some evidence that products containing those ingredients might be helpful in preventing stretch marks while you’re pregnant, but those findings come from much older studies.”

According to Dr. Wang, the usual recommendations might be the best course of action: Healthy diet, exercise and regular massages can possibly help prevent stretch marks, which affect between 50 and 90 percent of women (we know. We know.)

Dr. Wang plans to study whether or not collagen could be a possible stretch mark cure next.

Should I Use Stretch Mark Creams?

Dr. Wang offered up a few pieces of advice for pregnant women. For one thing, he said you should start thinking about preventing stretch marks in your second trimester. “What I would suggest for prevention would be creams containing centella or hyaluronic acid, as well as some kind of stretching or aerobic exercise. Massaging each quadrant of the abdomen for about fifteen minutes each day—those would be safe things you can do during pregnancy that might be helpful,” he says.

As for massages, Dr. Wang suggests that women use “light, gliding rhythmic continuous motions—more of a rubbing than a pressing ” He also added that women should implement the massages themselves and do it on a daily basis.

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Did Katie Holmes fake her pregnancy?

A.B. Replies: Let’s put it this way: Unless Vanity Fair parachutes into this mystery with a crack team of investigative journalists, an elite squadron of First Amendment lawyers and a bulletproof briefcase with at least $300 million for court costs, no one in our generation–no one outside of Team Tom, that is–will ever know.

Maybe we’ll get some startling revelation about this child after Cruise’s death, but don’t bank on it. After all, there is a freshly born young person involved. If this Suri person grows up to discover any sort of hinkiness surrounding her own conception, she isn’t likely to share it with the world.

Here’s what we can say: There are plenty of people who doubt Katie Holmes was ever pregnant, or pregnant by Cruise, or pregnant during the time she says she was, or for as long as she appeared to be–even among mainstream Hollywood reporters who’ve trumpeted this suspicious romance for the past year. Would any of those blue-chip professionals go on the record? Of course not. They have Jettas to pay off.

“Nobody puts anything past this guy,” one entertainment editor tells me. “Just look at his wacky behavior.”

Do I have to? Again?

Doubt over the realness of Holmes’ pregnancy is largely the result of TomKat’s own baffling origins. Recall: Before they could be discovered by the paparazzi–standing around on an African beach, say–TomKat publicly announced they were an item, and hey, what do you know? Just in time to promote their two big blockbusters! Most stars, even desperate, stringy publicity whores like Kimberly Stewart, don’t roll like that.

“There are just so many things about the entire relationship that don’t sit right,” Mark Lisanti, editor of the very skeptical Defamer blog, tells this B!tch. “They have bungled this relationship from a PR standpoint so badly that everything since has been put in this harsh light of analysis.”

How harsh? I almost, at one point, for, like, a nanosecond, feel sorry for Cruise. That’s how harsh. The Internet has produced hordes of conspiracy theories surrounding the origins of Suri, many of them promising to be much more entertaining than M:I3. Much of this speculation is easily trumped by inconveniences like logic. But that’s not stopping me from fueling the rumors all over again. Behold…

? A timeline of Holmes’ pregnancy photos seems to show her stomach growing and shrinking–and then growing again. It’s a mesmerizing set of photos. Like a lava lamp with a brainwashed little girl inside.

? Two weeks after announcing her pregnancy, Holmes appears in public with a shirt barely concealing a popped-out belly button–a development commonly linked to the second or third trimester. Or, of course, with just having an outie.

? On the day Holmes goes into labor, none of the dozens of paparazzi stationed outside TomKat’s home manage to catch the pair leaving the house, entering a nearby hospital or crawling back into the compound.

? Baby gifts at the Cruise camp aren’t exactly being welcomed with élan. A Baby Jogger baby stroller, delivered by a publicity firm the day of the birth, sits outside Cruise’s house for three days before finally disappearing. To this day, the publicity firm hasn’t been able to determine what happened to it.

? Holmes’ wardrobe and behavior in the days leading up to the birth also spark doubt among observers, particularly those who have had kids.

“Our community kept a keen eye on the odd undergarments peeking out from the maternity wear, and inordinate amount of shoe shopping,” notes Sheila Cameron, head of FreeKatie.net. Neither trend, it seems, makes sense. “Your feet swell like crazy when you are that pregnant,” she confides in this B!tch, “and not one mother could figure out why you would find a one-piece undergarment comfortable.”

Besides, Cameron adds, “I would have thumped my husband over the head if he suggested I sit on bleachers in my third trimester.”

To be fair, many of these mysteries can be explained away by the killjoy that is modern science. This B!tch reached out to scads of obstetricians and gynecologists for this column, and they all say the pregnancy photos and the belly-button thing don’t mean anything.

“Babies do move a lot in utero,” says New Haven, Connecticut-based ob-gyn Mary Jane Minkin. “So, these photos aren’t really surprising. Babies can even do a full somersault several times a day.”

In fact, we hear some even have couches they can jump on in there. Maybe this is Tom’s kid after all!

Katie Holmes – is she pregnant?

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise are said to be thrilled after allegedly finding out Katie’s pregnant with their second baby. We wonder if their mini fashionista daughter, Suri, 5, will love having a little brother or sister to play dress-up with, if the rumour is true?

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“Katie said she’s finally past the morning sickness phase. When she revealed she was pregnant she was talking a mile a minute. She’s so excited,” a friend said, reports USA’s OK! magazine.

Katie, 32, showed off her apparent baby bump this weekend, looking casually dressed in a tank top and jeans.

Katie’s rep has denied the pregnancy.

Tom has also been proudly speaking about his eldest daughter, Bella Cruise, adopted during his marriage to ex-wife Nicole Kidman.

Katie has hired 18-year-old step-daughter Bella as an intern at her clothing line Holmes & Yang.

“Kate’s designing and Bella’s working her way up. She’s an artist, Bella, so it’s really great that she gets to work with it. She loves it. I’m proud of her. It’s wonderful!” Tom said, reports the Daily Mail.

With a new clothing line, a possible new baby and of course, little Suri, it looks like the Cruise-Holmes family have their hands full.

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It’s hard to go even a day without seeing a story about Katie Holmes’s on-point street style, full of fashionable fall jackets, chic sweaters and perfectly-styled evening wear. But now the actress is making headlines for something else she’s wearing amazingly well: her stretch marks.

Earlier this week, the 40-year-old took to Instagram to share behind-the-scenes pics from Vogue Australia that clearly show off the stretch marks on her stomach. Fans were quick to praise the actress for posting the unedited photos, proudly displaying the lines that peaked out behind her blazer and black bra.

“#Bts @vogueaustralia 💕💕💕 it is wonderful to be working today with such amazing women!” Holmes captioned the two pictures, in which she sports slicked-back wet hair, natural makeup and gold earrings. The pictures are by far some of the most popular in her feed, amassing almost 80,000 likes since it was shared.

Several of Holmes’s followers commented on the pics, thanking her for being real about her body on social media. “Just seeing this made me cry because it means so much to show the beauty of your natural body,” one person wrote. “I’ve always had issues showing my marks as a mother of three. Seeing this gives me strength.”

Another added: “Thank you, you’ve made me feel so much better about my stretch marks, which I am always down on myself about!!! You are truly an inspiration.”

“Stunning… untouched…awesome example for our young girls growing up having to see so many retouched photos and unnatural bodies,” another fan noted.

Many others applauded the actress for showing the honest side of pregnancy. (Holmes has a 13-year-old daughter, Suri Cruise.) “Wow such a beautiful woman you are, Katie. You’ve made a statement to all us woman out there who struggle with pregnancy stretch marks. Thank you for presenting your all-natural self,” one fan penned.

Holmes is the latest in a slew of inspirational famous women, including Ashley Graham, Chrissy Teigen and Hilary Duff, who are fighting back at beauty standards by sharing their perceived “flaws,” from cellulite to leg hair to acne, on social media. It’s much-needed proof that there’s no such thing, even in Hollywood, as the perfect body.

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