Celebrity Moms: Helping or Hindering The Average Mom?Monica Bielanko
I’ve made no secret of my dislike for Gisele Bundchen, she of the super sanctimommy variety.
Remember this? “Some people here think they don’t have to breastfeed, and I think, Are you going to give chemical food to your child, when they are so little?’ There should be a worldwide law, in my opinion, that mothers should breastfeed their babies for six months.”
Oh, it didn’t stop there. About her home birth in a bathtub, Gisele told People, “…it wasn’t painful, not even a little bit… The second day, I was walking, I was washing dishes, I was making pancakes in the kitchen,” she says with a laugh.
It’s celebrity moms like Gisele that do a disservice to mothers everywhere. Does she have absolutely no concept of how sanctimonious she sounds? Guess not. Neither does Gwyneth Paltrow who, on her website GOOP, dispenses a wealth of advice for the world’s wealthiest 1%.
I can appreciate her effort, I guess, but how can the average mom relate when Gwyneth bemoans how it’s not easy being a working mother. Error on the coffee machine light! Oh no! And then! The actress tries on so many dresses choosing an outfit for a trip to Nashville that she ends up with body odor. God, I hate when that happens, don’t you? So next time you’re worrying about the mortgage or putting food on the table, remember: Gywneth’s struggling too. So is Stella McCartney, who shares with GOOP readers all about how “hardcore” her YSL beauty meetings are. “They come over from Paris and have an agenda from hell.”
It’s this kind of thing moms in the real trenches – not the YSL trenches – don’t need: Celebrity moms with nannies, housekeepers, chefs and personal trainers making motherhood look easy all while bitching about how hard it is. Luckily, there are several other celebrity moms not afraid to speak out about issues in ways the women can truly relate. Brooke Shields, for example, fearlessly shining the spotlight on postpartum depression, trading punches with Tom Cruise in defense of women everywhere and creating an open dialogue about a serious issue millions of new moms struggle with every day.
There’s Ricki Lake, whose documentary The Business of Being Born likely influenced thousands of women to own their birthing experiences. You’ve got Marie Osmond, who dealt with the death of her child with grace and a strength that may have inspired other women dealing with the loss of a child to keep on keeping on.
There will always be the Giselles and Gwyneths, who only serve to alienate and make us feel as if our best will never be enough. Yet, for every supermodel, Oscar winner or celebrity posing in People in a bikini three months after giving birth, there’s another one like uber cool Jennifer Garner or Amy Adams who says losing the baby weight isn’t her number one priority. “I’ve been working out when I can, and I’m trying to eat in a healthful way, but losing weight is not my number one priority” she told Parade.
What do you think? Do you find celebrity moms inspirational or annoying? Who bothers you the most? Who’s your favorite?
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