Monica Bellucci back in shape despite giving birth last month

June 22nd, 2010 - 3:03 am ICT by IANS  

London, June 22 (IANS) Italian actress and model Monica Bellucci is back in shape and slipped into a figure-hugging Dolce & Gabbana dress just a month after giving birth to her second daughter Léonie.
The 45-year-old squeezed into her favourite gown at the fashion brand’s “20 Years of Menswear” party in Milan Saturday. She looked in incredible shape, despite having given birth to Léonie May 21, reports

Monica, who is married to French actor Vincent Cassel, poured her figure into the asymmetrical black dress with lace sleeves. She first wore the outfit during a red carpet outing at the Rome International Film Festival in October 2008. And it seems almost two years on, she still liked the gown enough to wear it again, although it did have a few adjustments to the arm detailing.

She and husband Vincent also have a five-year-old daughter Deva.

In March, Bellucci appeared on the cover of Italian Vanity Fair magazine, baring her bump for the second time. She first posed with her bump on show six years ago while pregnant and enjoyed it so much she decided to do it again.

Several other celebrities have done the same, the most famous being Demi Moore, who was the first to do it, and Spice Girl Mel B.

Bellucci said she decided to reveal all again to show that being a middle-aged mum is not a problem. She was six months pregnant when she took part in the photoshoot and told the fashion magazine at the time: “When I had my first child (Deva) at 39, I was told that if I wanted another I should try straight away but I wasn’t ready.”

“Eventually I decided that I was, and I wanted one straightaway but babies are not like movies and cannot be organised in a hurry.”

“Women who have children late like me are always told how brave they are, and it’s true that the older you are the more risks you run both for the child and yourself.”

“But I don’t feel brave, I just feel very lucky. I already have a healthy daughter who I gave birth to in Umbria (Italian region) like an ordinary farm wife. This second pregnancy is just as fantastic but I wouldn’t say I was an example to follow,” she said.

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