Kim Kardashian has taken a mauling for a less than conventional approach to maternity chic, but according to Gwyneth Paltrow the critics should put their knives away because 'she looks beautiful.'
The 32-year-old TV personality has gamely eschewed the roomy outfits commonly worn by heavily pregnant women in favour of unflattering, figure hugging leather skirts and blouses during her frequent jaunts around Los Angeles.
But while her attire – coupled with her evident weight gain – has raised eyebrows in some quarters, Gywn believes the beleaguered star looks stunning.
“I think that women should support each other, especially through pregnancy,” she told ETOnline at the opening of fitness guru Tracy Anderson's new studio in Brentwood on Thursday (April 4). “It's a difficult time and I think Kim Kardashian looks absolutely beautiful.
“And we're supposed to gain weight when pregnant – that's how God intended it.”
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The actress was joined at the opening by fitness fanatics Stacy Kiebler, Kathy Hilton and model Molly Sims – who also waded into the Kim K controversy.
“I love that she has embraced it and that she is still wearing whatever she wants to wear,” she said. “I'm kind of jealous. I like it.”
Sims revealed that she could relate to Kim's weight gain, having piled on the pounds during her own pregnancy with son Brooks.
“I didn't step on a scale until I gave birth and I didn't realize I had gained 72 pounds so it was definitely a struggle,” she said. “It was depressing and I didn't want to go out of the house. It was hard. It was definitely a difficult time.”
Kim was forced to publicly announce her pregnancy earlier this year after boyfriend Kanyeb West unexpectedly broke the news during a concert on New Year's eve.
She is expected to give birth to their first child – strongly rumoured to be a girl – in June.
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