Do I appreciate the pressures on every new mum? Absolutely.
Do I get frustrated by the judgement of new mums in the media? Yes!
Did I JUMP at the chance to defend a new mum in this week’s Hello Mag? You bet baby!
Here’s the article. Please take the time to add a comment and let me know your thoughts!
Hold the front page – The Duchess of Cambridge in “New Mum’s Grey Roots” shocker!
Really? And this is news? Give me – or rather her – a break!
Since getting engaged to the future king of England, Kate hasn’t put an LK Bennett foot wrong. She has carried herself with grace and poise and in the process has won the hearts of women worldwide. Which is why I feel defensive of her as, I’ve learned, do many others.
When I took to Twitter in support of Kate’s “baby belly” at the start of the summer and posted a photo of my own belly 2 months after giving birth, the tweets went viral – such was the strength of feeling in support of Kate and new mums, and the wish for this incessant scrutiny of women’s appearance to stop. Chatting on New York’s Today Show I applauded Kate and her refreshing approach to life in the seemingly constant glare of the world’s press. Had she wanted to conceal that post-baby bump, she could have done. Which is why, when she appeared on the steps of the Lindo Wing in July – composed, carefree and confident – you could sense the global rejoicing of women! Finally, someone in the public eye looking like every other new mum post-birth, shunning the apparent celebrity trend of hiding out until the skinny jeans fit again.
When Kate stepped out this week to support servicemen and women as part of London Poppy Day, it sadly wasn’t her kind words that grabbed the headlines. We learnt that if you give a journalist half an inch of grey hair, they’ll make a Rapunzel-esque mile of column inches! Hairdressers were interviewed, new mums salon practices were discussed and Kate was scrutinized yet again. Strangely I don’t see this level of interest if say, and let’s just pick a totally random example here, a man was follically challenged?!
To me, Kate seems like a regular girl in a far from regular situation. A complete breath of fresh air in the house of Windsor. And I love her confidence and self-assuredness, despite the fact that she’s damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t! Had she been seen constantly skipping to the Richard Ward Salon every other week since Prince George’s birth, column inches would have been filled with her inappropriate use of time and tax payers money. I hope Kate lives by the Eleanor Roosevelt school of thought “Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway”.
What I applaud most about Kate is that, as the future Queen of England, if she wanted her roots done, they’d be done. Which goes to show how motherhood has caused a sizable shift in her world and she rightly has more important things on her mind. In the same way as Kate could have concealed the bump, there are quick ways to cover roots. But she didn’t go there. And I love her all the more for it.
Now we learn she’s apparently training for her pilots license? Amelia Earhart would be proud! After my experiences of flying with The Red Arrows Kate is officially a girl after my own heart. And like me, I’m guessing that she won’t be worrying about the post-flight “helmet hair”. How refreshing it would be if nobody else was either!