If you haven’t seen the above picture circulating yet, let me put it in context. At Milan Fashion Week, Dolce and Gabbana themed their runway show “Viva la Mamma!” and had a handful of models walking in different stages of motherhood. Model Bianca Balti was pregnant, while other moms walked hand in hand with their kids, or holding them in their arms. A lot of people, including moms in my social circle, have been throwing shade in Dolce and Gabbana’s direction for a variety of reasons: using moms as a gimmick, only using super skinny models, focusing motherhood on bodies, and having a very narrow definition of mothers.
This might not be a popular viewpoint, but I couldn’t disagree more. First, it’s only a gimmick if it tricks you into giving it attention that it doesn’t deserve. A runway show at its core is a publicity stunt, a tool to grow business. Designers are always looking for creative ways to share their message and viewpoint. If the collection wasn’t feminine with hints of family life, I would agree that it was a ploy. But how it stands, having moms with their kids accomplished the full vision.
Second, as a woman who was made fun of as a girl for being too skinny, it never sits right with me when people bash on women who “bounced back too quickly” or who “need to eat more.” All women are different, and you can’t compare your body to someone else’s. It’s more culturally acceptable to tell non-models they need to love their body, but every woman needs to know that she’s more than just her body, even super models. I don’t think Dolce and Gabbana should be criticized for using models in their runway show any more or less then any other line simply because they used motherhood as an inspiration.
Which brings me to my last point. The fashion industry, and more specifically one fashion line, cannot represent the whole entire world of motherhood. Let’s keep things in perspective. Every person in the world has their personal connection to motherhood and what it looks like. Motherhood and moms are shown in a negative light in the media quite frequently, and for me, seeing a glamorous version of what motherhood looks like according to Dolce and Gabbana is fun, interesting, and helps fill in one facet of the larger tapestry of the worldwide view of motherhood.
Furthermore, I loved seeing the smiles on the faces of those moms as they walked down the runway. They truly beamed, and I think it’s a great example to young girls in the fashion industry, and everywhere, that when you choose to have a family, you don’t stop being the woman that you are. It just adds to your love and life.More On