Busy Philipps: Why Having My Daughter Changed My Mind About Waxing
After welcoming her first child four years ago, Busy Philipps had a "real epiphany" -- about waxing! In a new episode of The Conversation, the Cougar Town actress, who is expecting her second child with husband Marc Silverstein, shares her thoughts about body image, losing the baby weight and going bare down there.
Philipps, 33, gladly jumped right in when host Amanda de Cadenet asked her whether she waxes or shaves.
"I love this question," the expectant star said. "I do get waxed, but after I had my daughter I had this real epiphany. I felt like it would be really f--king weird if I had no hair on my vagina, because I have a little girl and I want her to look at me and think that grown women have hair on their vaginas!"
Philipps welcomed her first child, daughter Birdie, in August 2008. The busy mom said it's not as easy losing the baby weight as some celebrities make it look.
"I love that the whole weird misconception, 'I just lost it all breastfeeding.' It's like, 'No, you didn't!'" she argued.
"Well, no one's honest about it!" de Cadenet agreed. "No one's honest about how they get their bodies looking the way they do."
Even before she welcomed her first child, Philipps said she struggled with body image issues.
"I was asked to lose weight by a network for a TV pilot," the former Dawson's Creek star revealed. "The conversation happens because you get a job and your agent or manager calls and they say, 'They are so excited about you. They just think there is no one better for this part and they want you to look and feel your best -- they really feel that that could include losing 15 or 20 pounds.'"
How did she feel about that?
"You take a beat. I think I was a little crushed," confessed Michelle Williams' BFF. "I want to say that I was like 24 when that happened."
"I feel like it's the last frontier of feminism -- the weight thing with women -- even for myself." Philipps said. "I identify as a feminist. I have so many feminist beliefs -- and then I'm so mean to myself about my body sometimes. Or I can be judgmental about other people for their bodies, and I don't know how to get over it."