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.
[Photos: via PacificCoastNews]
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