'My body was better AFTER I had a child': Model Arizona Muse on how she prefers her post-baby looks
17:20 GMT, 2 April 2012
17:20 GMT, 2 April 2012
After opening and closing the Prada show just 18 months ago, Arizona Muse has been the hot name on the fashion world's lips.
The model has since walked the runway for an endless list of designers including Christian Dior and Victoria Beckham and starred in campaigns for Isabel Marant and Next.
But rather than slowing down after becoming a mother, Arizona's career actually kicked off following the birth of her son.
Arizona Muse has walked the runway for Christian Dior, left, Anthony Vaccarello and Victoria Beckham, right
One possible reason for her success Her post-baby figure.
While most women lament the loss of
their body after childbirth, 22-year-old Arizona maintains her looks
improved after three-year-old son Nikko was born.
She told Stella magazine: 'I think my
body was better after I had a child, actually. I prefer my body now to
what it was like before I had Nikko.
Arizona was on the cover of the February edition of British Vogue
'You gain all that weight and then you
just lose it and keep losing it. You're breastfeeding and you're busy
and you're tired. So that helped.'
Arizona credits the change to 14-months of breast-feeding, starting to exercise for the first time and the hectic schedule that comes with motherhood.
But she also warns against trying to get back into shape too quickly.
Arizona starred in a J Crew catalogue with her son Nikko last year
Before she was famous: Arizona, in one of her first test shots, almost gave up on modelling until the birth of her son motivated her to return to work
She said: '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 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. I loved it.'
Arizona, named after the state she was born in, started modelling in 2007 but with little success.
After the birth of her son – and cutting her blonde hair short and dyeing it brown – the single mother went back to New York to try again, citing the need to support herself financially as her biggest motivation.
And it looks as though it was second time lucky for the model, who received the ultimate seal of approval, starring on the cover of British, Russian, Korean, Australian and Paris Vogue.
U.S editor Anna Wintour said of the model: 'When I look at Arizona, I see shadows of Linda Evangelista and Natalia Vodianova, but most of all I see her, a gorgeous, smart, grown-up.
'And how could anyone resist someone with that name'