Kim Kardashian has been taking a lot of heat for her pregnancy style choices ever since the announcement that she was about to bring a little Kimye into the world. No matter what you think of her personally, you do have to give her credit for daring to go beyond the jeans-with-belly-band look. And she admirably holds back every hormone-fueled instinct in her body that yearns to scream to the critics, “In case you didn’t notice, I’m bringing a baby into the world, so lay off my wardrobe and let me enjoy this happiest time of my life, dammit!”
But no matter what the tabloids and wags say, there’s one person in the world who will always think of Kim as the most beautiful person who ever lived: her child. Kids have a wonderful way of looking at their mothers and seeing beyond their muffin tops, gray roots and crow’s feet (at least until they become teenagers, when they become embarrassed to breathe the same air we do).
I decided to show my second-grade daughter some pictures of Kim’s most distinctive maternity looks to get her honest take. (No prompting or opinions from Mom!) My girl’s taste runs toward mismatched socks, T-shirts and leggings, with the occasional sweater dress for variety. Would she share the harsh views of all the bloggers and columnists who would just as soon give her a permanent place on the “What Was She Thinking?” list?
Not a bit. My 7-year-old didn’t have a single unkind word for the reality mom-to-be. The colors and details that had fashion writers looking down their noses were stunning in the eyes of a little girl. She completely overlooked issues like Kim’s weight and curves, the height of her heels and the baby bump. To her, feathers and leather are fun, not funky, and ombre hair is the height of glamour. Even Kim’s nondescript workout garb got a passing grade from this young critic.
But the most insightful thing my daughter said came right after her critique of the final photo: “It’s what’s inside that counts – that’s what makes her pretty.”
Maybe we should all learn to see ourselves – and each other – the way our children see us.
Kim Kardashian’s Style: A View from a 7-year-old Girl 1 of 11
All in white 2 of 11
"I really like the puffs on her shoulders. They really bring out the outfit. The shoes are very elegant. I like the way her hair is styled with part of it over her shoulder, because it looks like nothing I've ever seen before."
The leather minidress 3 of 11
"I like the way she dyed her hair. It's like there's a little bit of of sun-bright yellow and a lot of dark soil-y brown. It looks so dark and beautiful. Her shoes are beautiful! I've never ever seen something like that - only in stores. That ruby nail polish is just beautiful. I think that leathery dress is beautiful. It is a very beautiful brown."
The long jacket 4 of 11
"Those shoes are such a pretty color, and they're very nice heels. The coat is very pretty. I like those little details. And that black shirt is as black as night, as black as black velvet. I like the way her hair is so light brown at the bottom."
The green look 5 of 11
(gasp) I love the aquamarine color! And her hair is so straight! But the dress looks a little bit tight on her around the hips and legs. The shoes are very pretty. I like the way it matches her dress. Her purse is also as black as night."
The basic black pantsuit 6 of 11
"Her watch is very golden. I like those round sunglasses. And I like that golden necklace that probably says her name on it. I like the way her bangs come close to her eyes without getting into them."
The workout gear 7 of 11
"I like the way she has water in case she gets thirsty. It's a very good outfit to exercise in. It's comfortable, it looks relaxing."
The bejeweled blitz 8 of 11
"Those shoes are very pointy. I like the way they match her dress. I like all those jewels on her dress. She looks very elegant in it. I like that little smile on her face - she almost looks like Mona Lisa! I like how long her hair is."
The ruffled pants 9 of 11
"Oh my gosh! I like the way her hair is swept to the side and curled. I like the little leopard skirt, and I like how it's attached to the pants. It's very unique!"
The feathers-and-leather look 10 of 11
"That dress is very pretty, with the black roses. I like the way it doesn't go all the way down to her ankles. It's short and I like those leather leggings. And I like that eyeshadow; I like how it's neat and nice around her eyes."
The lace peekaboo top 11 of 11
"The lips look like rubies. I like those braids that go sideways on the top of her head into a ponytail. I like those golden earrings. Her coat is a nice dark blue. I like that lace on the shirt - I like how her tummy is showing. And her bag is very light brown."
[Photos: via PacificCoastNews]
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