Russian supermodel Elena Perminova has stripped off for Vogue Russia to show off her incredible post-pregnancy figure.
In the first image, she’s eight months pregnant; the second image was taken two months (around 60 days) later.
The 28-year-old, who is married to Russian millionaire businessman Alexander Lebedev, started a gruelling 7-days-a-week exercise regime just two weeks after having her third baby by Caesarian last year – sharing pics on Instagram as she went.
Her Vogue photoshoot was accompanied by advice to Russian women on how to reclaim their figures after pregnancy.
The article has sparked debate online with many saying she’s promoting an unrealistic lifestyle for new moms.
Elena told Vogue: ‘Normally doctors say “yes” to sport only three months after giving birth. ‘But I started earlier, just two weeks afterwards, even though I had a Caesarian.’
She added: ‘The doctor allowed me to do it because I felt very well. Naturally, at first I was not exercising a lot, or there was a risk to breastfeeding.
‘And the main thing – I did not exercise my stomach. It is dangerous to do it right after birth.’
She started off with simple repetitive exercises as her daughter Arina slept
On a family holiday to Cyprus shortly after the birth, she went jogging in the mountains for two hours each day with her husband, while her mum-in-law looked after the baby.
She says the jogging help shift extra baby weight and helped her ‘dry up’, removing extra water from the body.
She also focused on her diet, eating ‘simple homemade fare, for example, steamed fish with lemon juice.’
But, while many Vogue readers praised her for her hard work and incredible figure, others criticised her advice as ‘unrealistic’ for the average mum on the street.
‘With so much money it’s not that hard,’ said Tatiana Sakhokiya, adding: ”Of course Elena is a beauty, but I would advise the author to talk to an average young mother who sleeps two hours at night and cooks dinner and sweeps the floors in the flat.’
Another woman said: ‘On the one hand, I agree that giving birth is not a reason to give up the way you look, and that every woman can eat good food and exercise just a bit, but on the other, usually young mothers who do not have nannies.
‘And housewives are so exhausted that the only thing they want is to sleep.’
Another, Maria Grigoryan, praised Elena but admitted not everyone had access to her glamorous jetset lifestyle: ‘I think this woman is beautiful and her advice is good too. Some things are not for ordinary people, Cyprus and exercising may not be affordable when you have children.
‘Well done, to those who care of their bodies and stay in good shape.’