No one can take the pregnancy bliss away from Anne Hathaway — not even the prying paparazzi. While on vacation celebrating the New Year with her hubby, Adam Shulman, the 33-year-old award-winning actress and first-time mom to be realized that the photogs were attempting to get a pic of her now visible baby belly, even more prominent in the star’s simple-yet-perfect red bikini.

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Preferring to keep as much control as possible over her personal life in the public eye, Hathaway decided to beat the paparazzi at their own game. Taking her own pic (or rather, having someone — perhaps dad-to-be Shulman? — take the pic for her), Anne struck a pose proudly showing off her growing belly and shared it with the 1.8 million fans who follow her on Instagram.

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“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…)” We 100% agree, Anne! And seeing you look so happy makes us totally happy, too!

But if that wasn’t endearing enough, to prove she’s just like the rest of us (ya know, minus the millions of dollars and Academy Award), she added that her pic was altered “…with a filter :)” Awesome actresses and Instagram filters, FTW!

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(Photos via @annehathaway and Jamie McCarthy/Getty)