When we saw Penelope Cruz at the Academy Awards this past Sunday evening, our jaws dropped. The woman had a baby barely a month ago and looked absolutely amazing! As a matter of fact, Cruz was confident enough in her new curves that she chose a fitted and sparkly L'Wren Scott dress to highlight them. Did we mention how much we love this woman?
In honor of all the hot mamas who inspire us every day, take a look at all of our fave celeb's very first post-baby appearances:
1. Post-Pregnancy Appearances: Penelope Cruz
When Penelope Cruz hit the Oscars in support of her nominated husband Javier Bardem on Sunday, there was a collective gasp—and it wasn't just that she was chanelling Jessica Rabbit in her low-cut vampy red dress. It was because Cruz was positively glowing after giving birth to her first son, Leo Encinas on January 22, 2011 and totally owned that red carpet.
2. Post-Pregnancy Appearances: Jessica Alba
Actress Jessica Alba returned to the spotlight for the 2008 ALMA Awards on August 17, 2008 after giving birth to her daughter Honor Marie Warren on June 7. Wonder how long she'll stay underground after she gives birth to baby number 2?
3. Post-Pregnancy Appearances: Salma Hayek
Looks like Penelope Cruz may have taken a cue from her bestie Salma Hayek, who attended a Gucci reception to benefit UNICEF at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week on February 6, 2008 after giving birth to daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault on September 21, 2007.
4. Post-Pregnancy Appearances: Jennifer Lopez
American Idol judge, actress and singer Jennifer Lopez arrives for the premiere of Shine A Light at the Ziegfeld Theater on March 30, 2008, looking impossibly flawless just a month after giving birth to twins Emme Maribel and Maximillian David Muñiz on February 22.
5. Post-Pregnancy Appearances: Christina Milian
Actress Christina Milian arrives at the NYLON & YouTube Young Hollywood Party at the Roosevelt Hotel on May 12, 2010 in Hollywood, California three short months after giving birth to daughter Violet Madison Nash on February 26.
6. Post-Pregnancy Appearances: Christina Aguilera
Pop star Christina Aguilera made an appearance at the Broad Contemporary Art Museum opening at LACMA February 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California just one month after giving birth to son Max Liron Bratman on January 12, 2008.
7. Post-Pregnancy Appearances: Thalia
Mexican singer Thalia stayed out of the spotlight for four months after the arrival of her first daughter Sabrina Sakae on October 2, 2007. She stepped out on March 24, 2008 to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Conexion Thalia Radio Show at Spotlight Live in New York City.
8. Post-Pregnancy Appearances: Paz Vega
Actress Paz Vega attended the Victoria's Secret fashion show held at the Kodak Theatre on November 15, 2007 in Hollywood, California six months after giving birth to her son Orson Salazar on May 2. Vega also had a daughter, Ava Salazar, on July 17, 2009.
9. Post-Pregnancy Appearances: Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie hit the Broad Contemporary Art Museum opening at LACMA on February 9, 2008 in Los Angeles, California just a few weeks after giving birth to her first child, a baby girl named Harlow Winter Kate Madden on January 11. She has two little ones now with the birth of her son, Sparrow James Midnight Madden on September 9, 2009.
10. Post-Pregnancy Appearances: Camila Alves
Model and designer Camila Alves arrives at the launch event for her Muxo handbags line at Kitson Studio in L.A. on August 7, 2008—not even a month after giving birth to her first son, Levi Alves McConaughey, born July 6.