Bliss is when he loves you through thick and thin
In a recent interview Penny Lancaster said she was "proud" after dropping four dress sizes since giving birth to her second child, Aiden, last February (her eldest son Alastair is just six years old).
The 40-year-old model (below) has dropped from a size 16 to a 10 and is thrilled with her new post-pregnancy body. And why wouldn't she be?
At 6ft 1in, the third Mrs Rod Stewart can easily afford to carry a few more pounds than she did in her Ultimo heyday. But like any other woman, regardless of whether or not they have had children, Lancaster has an ideal, fighting-fit weight -- a size at which she feels more comfortable in her own skin.
"Now I'm proud to say, 'I'm 40, I've had two children and I'm still taking pride in keeping fit and healthy'," says Lancaster.
"But I'm not as self-conscious as I used to be. There's less pressure to look good as you get older. It's just about being confident."
Actually, Lancaster's unusually balanced outlook on our collective obsession with female perfection, regardless of age, shows just how firmly she has her feet on the ground.
I have just read an interview with Sharon Stone who feared for her career after a brain haemorrhage threatened her looks. This A-lister knew there was no novelty in premature ageing, even if ill health was the cause.
But Lancaster, who is constantly in the public eye, must also be congratulated for not punishing herself in order to fit back into her pre-bump jeans. Unlike many other well-known female faces, Lancaster has taken her own good time getting back to her regular size following the birth of her sons.
And hats off to her husband, too as his missus is on the record as saying: "I'm lucky that I have a supportive partner who loves me when I'm bigger as well as slim."
Now that's what we call having your cake and eating it!