Arizona Muse prefers her body since she has become a mother.

The US model was initially worried that having a baby - son Nikko, now three - would ruin her figure and end her modelling career before it even started, but found she is actually happier with how she looks now.

She said: ''At first I was like, 'I'm going to be fat forever!' I think we all feel that way after we have a baby.

''I think my body was better after I had a child, actually. I prefer my body now to what it was like before I had Nikko - although I exercise now and I didn't then.''

The 23-year-old Prada model also revealed that people in the industry have been very supportive of her since she became a mother.

She added: ''I remember during my first season feeling really well received as a model and a mother.

''When people asked me things, they asked about being a mother; they weren't asking me about walking down a catwalk. They were real-life things. It was nice.''

Although Arizona is not the first model to have a child, she is one of the first to establish a career - which has seen her model for YVES SAINT LAURENT, Fendi, Chloé, Louis Vuitton, Karl Lagerfeld, Isabel Marant and Next - after giving birth, although she does think it would have been better if things had happened the other way around.

She told ''I had a child and then became established, which I would not recommend doing! I highly recommend getting your career established first and then having children.''