I have come to the realization that Gisele Bundchen and I have very different ideas of “multitasking.” In case you missed it, the gorgeous super model posted a photo on Instagram of her breastfeeding her daughter while her team did their magic. Her eyes were closed as a trio did her hair, her makeup, and her nails. Gisele wrote, “What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep #multitasking #gettingready.” Sitting there nursing while people make you look even more beautiful doesn’t sound like multitasking — it sounds like a slice of mommy paradise.
If you look at the rest of Gisele’s Instagram feed, it’s filled with sun-kissed yoga photos, motivational quotes and various highlights of her modeling career. In other words, the life she presents on Instagram is idyllic and pretty much perfect.
In an essay for Relevant Magazine titled “Instagram’s Envy Effect,” author Shauna Niequist discusses how everyone’s lives appears far more glamorous on social media. “My life looks better on the Internet than it does in real life,” she wrote. “Everyone’s life looks better on the Internet than it does in real life. The Internet is partial truths — we get to decide what people see and what they don’t. That’s why it’s safer short term. And that’s why it’s much, much more dangerous long term.”
She argues that we are losing something in the translation from our hash-tagged life to real life and it’s a danger “because community — the rich kind, the transforming kind, the valuable and difficult kind — doesn’t happen in partial truths and well-edited photo collections on Instagram. Community happens when we hear each other’s actual voices, when we enter one another’s actual homes, with actual messes, around actual tables telling stories that ramble on beyond 140 pithy characters.”
And while Gisele presents perfection, there are other celebrities who share far less glamorous moments of parenting, stars who share their own “actual messes.” Here are eight whose sense of community leads them to not just tweet the red carpets but the real chaos of parenting. Check them out here:
Bethenny Frankel | A One-Woman Glam Squad 1 of 9
"Sexy huh? Well, I was alarmed by my grays, so I'm washing them out. Like the bra strap look? You want some of this?"
While Gisele has her "glam squad," on this particular day Bethenny Frankel was on her own ... just a mom doing her own thing.
Photo Source: Bethenny Frankel/Instagram
Alyssa Milano | Her Son Is Her Glam Squad 2 of 9
Milla Jovovich | Just a Little Face Painting Fun 3 of 9
"Face paint practice! My lil one wanted to see what she could do and mama pays for it!"
Model/actress/designer Milla Jovovich was the canvas for her daughter's art.
Photo Source: Milla Jovovich/Instagram
Jessica Alba | A Mom’s Work Is Never Done 4 of 9
I would have assumed that Jessica Alba had "people" to do her dishes, but it looks like she does do her own. She tweeted this photo saying, "#momrealness #neverendingpileofdishes."
Photo Source: Jessica Alba/Instagram
Dean McDermott | Daddy’s Legs As Canvas 5 of 9
Hilary Duff | Mom’s Heavy Lifting 6 of 9
"All these seats and this monkey wants to hitch a ride on my shoulders."
Yes, even in the lap of luxury of a private plane, parenting does not stop, as Hilary Duff knows too well.
Photo Source: Twitter/Hilary Duff
Snooki | A Mess of Dinner 7 of 9
"I thought my baby ate all his dinner....until I walked around the corner."
We have ALL been there ... probably even Gisele.
Photo Source: Snooki/Instagram
Jenna Elfman | Makeup Magic 8 of 9
Jenna Elfman shared this interesting makeup application on Instagram. She wrote, "Letting my 3 yr old son do my make-up today. I'm good to walk out the door, right? #Beauty #Makeup #CelebrityMakeup"
It's a far cry from Gisele's "glam squad."
Photo Source: Jenna Elfman/Instagram
Gisele Bundchen’s "Multitasking" Photo 9 of 9
And here it is — the Gisele Bundchen photo. Yes, she has it good that Gisele.
Photo Source: Gisele Bundchen/ Instagram