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Anne Hathaway applauded for proudly showing off baby bump in bikini (PHOTO)

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Anne Hathaway sticks it to the paparazzi with her bikini baby bump photo, and she looks gorgeous

Anne Hathaway took her baby bump news into her own hands — literally.

Hathaway was on the beach this past Sunday when she noticed paparazzi were following her to get a closer look at her pregnant belly. Instead of hiding from the photographers or cutting her day short, Hathaway used the power of social media to make an announcement to her fans all on her own.

She wrote, "Happy 2016 to my beautiful Instafriends! So, posting a bikini pic is a little out of character for me, but just now while I was at the beach I noticed I was being photographed. I figure if this kind of photo is going to be out in the world it should at least be an image that makes me happy (and be one that was taken with my consent. And with a filter :) Wishing you love, light and blessings for the year ahead! Annie."

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This will be the first baby for Hathaway and her husband, Adam Shulman. They announced the pregnancy in November, which means they've likely been dogged by photographers ever since. The couple has been together since 2008 and married in 2012.

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As celebrities are increasingly using social media to communicate with fans, it's nice to see Hathaway take a little power away from the paparazzi in a positive way. Kudos to Hathaway for always being a class act — and knowing exactly which filter to use.

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