Disclaimer – First, this is not for Kate Middleton’s Fans. 🙂 Second, I am happy for Kate Middleton’s new arrival and how splendid she looks. Third, this is strictly my opinion on the subject matter. So, KM fans please don’t kill me! 😉
“That hair, that dress! The duchess looked absolutely radiant as she emerged with her newborn son in London. How does she do it?”
I thought to myself, really, are you asking or stating this??! She is a Duchess you fool and has a rolodex of stylists, hair-dressers and designers around her to make sure the first appearance post child-birth leaves a lasting impression. How does she do it? Don’t you know it already! :p
Another article said, “Congratulations are in order for the royal couple for finally welcoming their new baby boy! The “new mother glow” is definitely not a myth because Kate Middleton, 31, looked stunning as she left St. Mary’s Hospital on July 23, just one day after giving birth. Keep reading for the new mommy’s beauty look as she leaves the hospital after welcoming her new bundle of joy!”. Please do not miss the emphasis on “the new mother glow is NOT A MYTH” statement.
I was particularly appalled how some women reacted to this story on HollywoodLife, especially this one – “Kate has a beauty both inside and out. Even when she was pregnant and after giving birth, she still has the same beauty. Whereas Kim Kardishian looked like a beached whale.” OMG, seriously! You care! Now, can you blame men for passing statements or judging women for how they look?
This one really made me laugh, really – “The Hunger Games actress Elizabeth Banks tweeted, upon seeing Kate, “Honestly, I am more impressed with Kate’s blow-out than the #RoyalBaby which looks just like a human baby. But that hair!”
I am really impressed with Elizabeth Banks’s observations about Kate and the royal baby. Of course, we didn’t expect Kate to give birth to an Alien, did we? But yes, we certainly didn’t expect her to step out looking perfect or her hair to be really outta-this-world. No, we didn’t. I get the point. Thank you Ms. Banks for pointing that out. Sorry I didn’t notice, I was too busy trying to catch a better look of the new born baby who innocently lay in his mother’s lap, which to me was a beautiful (mesmerizing) sight. Oh no her hair, sorry didn’t really notice that! <sneer, sneer> The party ended for me right there!
So, NO – I am NOT celebrating her hair or her look. Rather, Kate’s radiant post-pregnancy look only reminds me how I felt and looked after my Kiddo’s birth – nothing short of a half-boiled potato still simmering in a pot or maybe like a ‘beached whale’ or something. (sic) I remember feeling drowsy, in pain and completely exhausted even ten days after. I didn’t look or feel pretty. I felt grumpy and tired. My hair was all over the place and that ‘beauty glow’ was gone.
Prior to this, I read an article on Daily Beast about how Kate made no qualms about showing off her post-partum belly in a beautiful blue polka-dot dress and how it has done more for new mums’ self-esteem than any other role model. Nice. But It didn’t take us long to fall into the same damn rut by contemplating, discussing and debating on Kate’s gorgeous appearance a day after the birth of her baby.
Isn’t this countering the messages we are trying to put across to the expecting or new mothers about being healthy and not feeling ashamed or embarrassed of their post-partum body? By calling attention to Kate’s physical appearance and beauty glow, we seem to have subtly raised the standard for the new-mums-to-be. I won’t be surprised for Daily Beast to do a follow up on, “How to get Kate’s Post-Partum Beauty Glow or Get that Glow NOW” or wait, “How to not look like a twig after the birth of your baby”. I won’t be surprised to see such articles surfacing – any time soon, perhaps by the same women who feel calling a new mum a ‘beached whale’ is okay. Really, what’s wrong with us?
Unknowingly, Kate just set a new standard of post-partum beauty!
This further emphasizes on the fact that no matter how much we rally for women for they should not be judged by their beauty or appearance – in reality WE ALL DO – silently, subtly and sometimes overtly. So, I do understand, that there was no way the new mum Kate could have avoided the public scrutiny about her hair, baby bump, skin, clothes et all and therefore she seemed prepared to face it – bravely – with her perfect hair.
Question is, did it matter to media or to anyone what Prince William wore or what he looked like? Something happened to him too – he became a father – to the third in line to the throne. I am sure it was a life changing experience for him too. But reality is we are not expecting anything from William. Does it matter what the dad was wearing? He is a proud father and that is enough. It also seems that the media is careful about commenting anything about the Prince. He is a man after all. Men are admired for their wealth, skill and power. Women, well, beauty – still.
I wish we would stop fussing about how women look post-pregnancy and how fast Kate or any other celebrity new mum is going to get back to her pre-pregnancy hour glass figure.
“Undoubtedly over the coming weeks the Duchess will work hard to regain her figure, but on her first appearance as a new mum she’s proved herself a healthy role model for real mums around the world.” – Daily Beast.
Really, why is it so important, whether a new mum has a big bump which proudly declares she is a MUM or has an hour-glass figure like Victoria Beckham even after child birth? Our bodies are different. We are all different and unique.
As Jade Beall of Jade Beall Photography said, “One day, there will be no media shaming the body of a new mother and only praise for the incredible feat of making a human while celebrating how EXQUISITELY different we ALL are after giving life to a new baby….”
‘nuf said. I rest my case.
- Why Is the World So Shocked by Kate Middleton’s Belly? (nymag.com)
- Kate Middleton’s Post-Baby Body Is Already Being Scrutinized
- Three in four mothers-to-be feel pressure to look good because of high standards set by ‘yummy mummies’ like Kim and Kate
- Kate Middleton: New Mom Pressures, Breast-Feeding and More Royal Baby Expectations!