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Supermodel Elena Perminova Reveals Dramatic Weight Loss Just Months After Giving Birth

29/01/2015 16:15 GMT | Updated 29/01/2015 16:59 GMT

Supermodel Elena Perminova has divided opinion after revealing her post-baby figure in Russian Vogue, just two months after having a Caesarian.

The 28-year-old model hit the gym hard two weeks after giving birth to her third child Arina and, after embarking upon a 60 day post-baby workout, she was photographed in Vogue looking slimmer than ever.

While we have to give the model kudos for her dedication to getting back in shape, there are concerns that this portrays an unrealistic and unattainable lifestyle choice for new mothers.

Perminova - who is married to Russian millionaire and owner of The Independent newspaper, Alexander Lebedev - carried out the intensive daily fitness plan for 60 days (weekends included) and documented it using her Instagram account.

"Normally doctors say 'yes' to sport only three months after giving birth," Perminova told Vogue. "But I started earlier, just two weeks afterwards, even though I had a Caesarian.

"The doctor allowed me to do it because I felt very well. Naturally, at first I was not exercising a lot, as there was a risk to breastfeeding."

She added that although she started her fitness plan just a fortnight after the birth, she didn't work on her stomach area as she knew this was dangerous.

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Despite the continuous stream of exercise - which she would do when her newborn slept - Perminova insisted that it wasn't too rigorous. "For example, I 'stand' on my knees and elbows and lift my legs one by one," she said.

But there are still many people who feel that the model is promoting an unhealthy and unrealistic body image for new mothers.

Commenting on the Vogue feature, Tatiana Sakhokiya said: "With so much money it's not that hard. Of course Elena is a beauty, but I would advise the author to talk an average young mother who sleeps two hours at night and cooks dinner and sweeps the floors in the flat.

"And where is the scar after her Caesarian?"

On the other hand, reader Alina Kaltsidou-Poprawski thinks that women need to cut Perminova some slack. "I can't listen to this moaning of Russian women any longer," she said.

"Yes, Perminova knows how to pose, but what stops you from learning how to do it too? Yes, there is some Photoshop here but my friends, you are not reading Komsomolskaya Pravda." (A Russian tabloid newspaper.)

"Elena is like any of us, she is not a perfect human being, but she is trying to make the maximum of herself."

#IwokeUpLikeThis 🙈👯 Can't wait for the outcome of the photoshoot

Zdjęcie zamieszczone przez użytkownika Lena Perminova (@lenaperminova)