Given the #WHCD was Light on Celebs This Year, Let’s Look Back At Celebs Who Walked Its Red Carpet Pregnant

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The annual White House Correspondents Association dinner has increasingly been a haven for Hollywood Celebrities who walk the red carpet on their way to hob nob with journalism’s elite that cover the White House.

This year was much different.


 

The current sitting president Donald J. Trump choose to sit it out, a first time since Ronald Reagan  that a President opted to skip the event which usually features a comedian roasting the prez and the media and the pres himself giving a monologue full of self-deprecating humor.

[Even when Reagan skipped it, that was because he was shot on the way in, though to be fair other presidents who were very unpopular at the time Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon have skipped the elite dinner in the past, the only other two since Calvin Coolidge]

This year, the event was also super light on the usual parade of celebrities. That might be a good thing in the eyes of many who have heavily criticized the dinner for becoming to glamourized and Hollywoodized.  Celebrated national TV broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw famously skips it and has been vocal as to his reasons why.

Nonetheless, we usually can spot several celebrity moms we’ve covered in the past to feature on the blog. In the very recent past 8 years, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kristen Bell, Jessica Simpson, Cynthian Nixon, Adriana Lima, Neve Campbell, Emma Watson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King, Anna Chlumsky, Julianna Margulies, Katie Couric, Sofia Vergara, Shonda Rhimes, Rosario Dawson, Candace Cameron Bure, model Emily Ratajowski, Vivica A. Fox, Lupita Nyong’o, Jada Pinkett and Will Smith, Kendell Jenner, Laverne Cox, Lucy Liu, Gabrielle Union have all attended as guests of various news organizations that purchase tables.

Not this year. We didn’t see any. There were a few celebs and some of DC’s A-listers [read: TV journalists and broadcast reporters] there but that’s about it.  And with Trump declaring war on the media, the White House press corp and DC establishment, none in his administration or celebs friendly to him failed to show up as well.

So…we’re doing the next best thing and flashbacking to all the ones who did show up in years past. Interesting enough, most of them were preggers at the time!

Last year, in 2016, while pregnant with her second child, daughter, Isabella, Kerry Washington attempted to conceal her bump in an A-line one shoulder black mini Victoria Beckham mini dress.

In 2015, Glee alum Naya Rivera looked radiant in a white floor length  Tadashi Shoji evening gown and model Anne V ‘s lovely floral gown rocked that year as well.

In 2014, TODAY show anchor Savannah Guthrie was six-months pregnant with her first child when she showed up in a pink dress to the event.

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Going further back, Anna Paquin was expecting her first children, a pair of twins, with husband Stephen Moyer in 2011 when she attended the event, also affectionately known as the “Nerd Prom”, wearing a chic and elegant silk jersey gown by French designer Herve L. Leroux.

That same year, Reese Witherspoon was also expecting her third child, but first with second husband Jim Toth. She also went with black in a Monique Lhuillier  gown showing her barely there bump at the time.

 

There you have it! The White House Correspondents Association dinner  has been noteworthy for Bumpwatch coverage history.

Savannah Guthrie shows off bump at events all weekend, Katie Couric rumored to be her maternity leave replacement

First time mom-to-be TODAY show host Savannah Guthrie has been having a ball showing off her growing baby bump at events recently. 
This weekend was a busy one. Today, the seasoned journo wore a black floral dress to the Fed Up  premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Just this past weekend, she was all smiles while posing with co-host Matt Lauer at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner at the Hilton in DC all pretty in pink, and went floral again the night before at the annual New Yorker pre-WHCD party at the W Hotel  in DC.  
And just last month, she was being honored  at The Hollywood Reporter’s  35 Most Powerful People In Media Celebration at The Four Seasons Restaurant on April 16, 2014 in New York City.
Sharing the spotlight today was the news that former host Katie Couric has been rumored to possibly sit in Guthrie’s stead when she departs for maternity leave after giving birth to her first child with new husband of a few months Michael Feldman. 
Among other big names floated around to sub include another alum Meredith Vieria, the former panelist host on The View who took over after Couric left TODAY the first time in 2006.
Interesting…. Who do you think they should select?

photos: Getty

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Jessica Simpson’s bikini clad baby causes stir among child welfare group

When new first-time mom Jessica Simpson appeared on Katie Couric‘s new show Katie this  Monday, September 10, she shared a photo of her gorgeous 4-month old daughter Maxwell in a sunny yellow knit bikini. The seemingly harmless move sparked outrage from a British child welfare charity Kidscape.

Its executive director Claude Knight called the outfit “totally inappropriate” telling the British tabloid the Daily Mail “It is very disturbing to see a young baby presented to the world wearing a bikini” and adding

 “celebrity choices carry great influence, as can be seen by the manner in which their accessories and manners are copied widely. We should not be compromising the sanctity of our children’s early years.”


She scolded, “it is hoped that parents will understand that ‘baby bikinis’ are totally inappropriate and that they contribute to the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood.”

What are  your thoughts? Is it much ado about nothing or hypersensitivity? Did the group have a point and it inappropriate for Jessica to outfit a baby in that way?

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Jessica Simpson talks baby weight loss on Kartie Couric’s new daytime talk show (VIDEO)

I love Katie Couric! Her new daytime talk show, Katie, debuted yesterday and during it, Jessica Simpson revealed her post-baby body. She sat down with Couric to talk about her multimillion dollar post-pregnancy weight loss deal with Weight Watchers.

Before the show, however, Simpson had appeared on the cover of OK magazine which touts that Simpson has already lost 20 pounds. Not bad and seems sensible, slow, and steady. Certainly, she has not shed the weight as lightening fast as other celeb women in the past like, most recently, Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio. The Victoria Secret model snapped back superfast after delivering her son. Meanwhile, celeb moms like Twilight star Bryce Dallas-Howard had been ridiculed for not dropping the weight fast enough.

During the interview, Couric pointed out that in the newest Weight Watchers advertisement being shown now, there is only a close up of Simpson’s head without her body revealed. 


“I really didn’t want it to be about my weight because I know that everybody has their weight and has their own issues,” Simpson responded. “I wanted to talk directly to people so I didn’t want the big body reveal moment. It’s not really who I am and Weight Watchers was on board with that thankfully.”

Jessica gave birth to daughter Maxwell Drew on May 1 and announced several days later that she had signed a weight loss deal with Weight Watchers.

“And you’ve lost like about 40 pounds right?” asked Couric.

“More!” said Simpson.

“Can you tell me?” pressed Couric.

“No!” said Simpson. “But it’s really not about the numbers … I’ve lost enough weight to where I can pat myself on the back… it’s a small child!”

“I’ve put on more baby weight than I was planning on putting any so I think that I really have to separate myself from the world’s expectations and really just look inside of myself and have a relationship with myself and be healthy with myself,” Simpson said.

In a sneak peek of the next WW video to be released, Simpson is heard saying, “I’m not a super model, I’m just Jessica. Trying to eat real food in the real world.”

Simpson also revealed that she had unrealistic aspiration of losing the weight fast. 

“I thought my doctors were telling me that it was just a lot of water and whenever my water broke… my whole entire stomach would go down, but that did not happen! So yeah all the weight did not come out with the baby and I’ve had to really stay focused and focus on my diet and just really concentrate on what I’m putting in my body because obviously I want to be as healthy as I can because I’m a Mom now.”

She said she’s avoided the media because she is aware that so many people are talking about her pregnancy weight gain and her efforts to peel it off.

“I definitely don’t Google my name … I try to avoid it completely, but I still subconsciously know that the talk is going on so I think that every day that is a struggle for me.”

Well…I don’t want to say that you put it out there when signing a deal and making it such an issue but…it’s unfortunate that celebrity women are held to such high standards for weight loss but it comes with the territory, sadly. They make their living being within the industry standard. Male celebrities don’t have the same pressure even if they gain sympathy weight when their partners and spouses are pregnant. 

When they don’t measure up the mags photoshop their bodies to fit within the standards for audiences, fueling a false reality.

It was done with Kourtney Kardashian when she had her first child a couple years ago, leading Kourtney to speak out. 

Photoshoppers slimmed down Kourtney Kardashian & added a sweater to Mason

And Simpson even looks suspiciously photoshopped to appear slimmer in the People magazine cover photo where Simpson revealed her daughter Max for the first time, as Huffington Post has pointed out.

Check out more from Couric’s interview with Simpson here: 


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Beyonce Full 20/20 Interview

During her Friday night-aired interview with Katie Couric on 20/20, Beyonce spoke to the fake bump rumors:
Regarding the fake pregnancy rumors: 

“You know, there are certain things that are so far, it doesn’t even effect me,” she told Couric. “I’m cool. It doesn’t bother me…

 “My mom is like, ‘Nobody’s talking about my grandbaby! My grandbaby’s not ever here yet!” I was like, ‘Calm down, mom! It’s okay!’ My mom and sister are so protective.”

Awww. Family would be most protected. 
Check out the entire 20/20 interview HERE. 
Before the Bey-Couric segment which starts about halfway through, there is a chilling and disturbing investigative piece about Foster homes over-medicating young children. There is a government crack down on it now, according to the show, but how horrific that so many children were undergoing unnecessary overmedication. 

Beyonce 20/20 interview preview (VIDEO)

You can catch snippets of Beyonce‘s interview with Katie Couric on 20/20 in the video below and read the transcipt here.  Check out the full interview tonight 10pm ET/9CT. Check your local ABC listings for channel.


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Bump Watch: Beyonce out and about

EDITED: Beyonce and about on November 29 going into an office building.  An interview on 20/20 with Katie Couric will air tomorrow evening. During the interview, she shot down rumors about her various cravings. Check your local listings or watch your Twitter feed for the trending topics which inevitably will be about the interview while people are watching it.  I’m digging the bag and pants. The hair and jacket not so much.

Shout out to “Sarah” for pointing out the error in details. Thanks Sarah. I see you are a real Bey “stan” – um I mean Fan! Appreciate you, girl!
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