But Bellyitch has always been about bump watch fashion so we’re gonna keep on doing us.
And we love the wife to actor director George Clooney‘s exploratory play with color in her wardrobe.
While delivering remarks during an event titled “The Fight against Impunity for Atrocities: Bringing Da’esh to Justice” at the United Nations headquarters, March 9, 2017 in New York City, she opted for sunny yellow. It was International Women’s Day at the time.
This past, Wednesday, March 29, the svelte Arab American was pictured arriving at Chatham House in London to give a speech on war crimes in Syria and Iraq in a crimson dress under a camel coat.
And earlier in the month while visiting The Secretary-General Of The United Nations Antonio Guterres, she wore a navy blue knot dress on March 10.
We did notice that for a woman carrying twins reportedly in her third trimester or end of second, she is awfully tiny and carrying small.
The bellies of most moms pregnant with twins are three times the size of Amal’s.
All women’s pregnancies are different, after all.
A bunch of serious news publications like Time, Huffington Post, the U.K.’s Daily Mirror, and the like got dragged in social media this week for their reporting on International Human Rights lawyer Amal Clooney’s International Women’s Day speech at the United Nations.
On Wednesday, Clooney, also famously known for her actor-director husband George Clooney, accompanied one of her clients, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Yazidi genocide survivor, Nadia Murad to an important meeting in New York City.
During the meeting, titled “The Fight Against Impunity for Atrocities: Bringing Da’esh to Justice“, Amal gave a speech asking more be done to stop Da’esh, better known to Americans as ISIS, to prevent another Rwanda.
Rather than cover the very serious and substantive content of the first time mom-to-be of twins’ speech, those publications had articles that focused more on her baby bump and outfits.
As we’ve blogged a plenty before, the rules have changed in the digital and post-bump watch era and a lot of previously strict news sites have seamlessly encroached on salacious news and gossip territory.
The Atlantic cracked the code, in the case of Time magazine, anyway, and figured out Time is just keeping up with the new generation of readers. The outlet noted a few years ago:
Over the last two years, TIME’s digital audience has expanded dramatically, and close to half our readers are millennials. They are drawn not only to TIME’s coverage of the world but increasingly to TIME’s content on how to live a richer, smarter, more meaningful life—how to negotiate a raise, how to manage your inbox, how to actually unplug on vacation. It was, we discovered, millennial women who were most passionate and most engaged with that content, and they were looking for more.
So we’ve created Motto, a new platform from the editors of TIME dedicated to empowering the next generation. It’s about offering the advice and support to blaze new trails and redefine success in the fundamental aspects of our lives: how we work, play, and live (and you’ll see that we’ve organized the site around these three sections).
The Atlantic gets it, writing,
“We are living, at this point, in a new regime. A reality TV star is president. Teen Vogue is politics and policy. The Atlantic is covering the Kardashians. It is difficult—indeed, it is pretty much impossible—to find the line that divides politics from culture. Again: Convergence. Which isn’t a bad thing, necessarily—life is complicated and messy, and to divide its happenings into neat, newspapery columns was never fully true to that disarray—but it means that news organizations will need to be much more intentional about the way they present their stories to the public. It’s one thing for Entertainment Tonight to effuse about Amal Clooney’s baby bump. When Time does it, though—Time, which has spent years branding itself as a fairly straight-ahead summarizer of human events—the effusion will read as an insult, to Amal Clooney and to readers.
Yes, this may be The Atlantic covering itself here for getting into gossip news because clicks equal revenue and celebrity news sell.
All of digital media has to compete for the same eyeballs and cannot afford to leave any on the table…well er on the screen.
So we say lay off, though it would be in our best interest to not have to compete with established news organizations. (Ha!)
Kristen Bell rocked a colorful print jumpsuit while attending the screening of the movie The Judge during the Toronto International Film Festival this week. Bell and Parenthood actor Das Shepard are expecting their second child. (HuffPo)
Zoe Saldana looked super cute in a print collared dress while on the red carpet to the premiere of Cantiflas on August 27th. She’s reportedly carrying twins yet is managing to steer clear of the usual maternity wear
Meanwhile, Gwen Stefani told talk show host Seth Meyers during an appearance this week that her son Kingston prayed for her to get pregnant again after she had already told him tha tthe family is “complete”.
“I brought out a cake after we found out it was really going to happen and it said, ‘We’re having a baby!’ I made him read it … and he goes, ‘Ahh! I prayed for that!’” (People)
Mom-to-be Kelly Rowland looked stunning at the media launch of her new watch, the Signature Kelly Rowland Canteen Bracelet Watch by TW Steel in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday (September 4). (Celebrity Baby Scoop)
Former Pussycat Dolls member and current Got to Dance judge Kimberly Wyatt went with a mini maternity dress under a black leather motorcycle dress while spotted outside the ITV studios in London, England on August 29. She totally aced the rocker preggers chic look. (entertainment.ie)
Rapper Iggy Azalea has recently been reported to be 6-months pregnant with her rapper boyfriend Playboi Carti.
However, since then, the “Fancy” recording artist has attempted to indirectly debunk the rumors by posting videos and pics from rehearsals for her upcoming performances.
In video, she is seen looking fit and trim with a tiny tummy ant resembling nothing close to 6 months pregnant.
Although, as we’ve blogged before, it is quite possible to not look traditionally pregnant at 6 months because all women carry differently and many carry small. [See all the posts from this blog about Iggy’s fellow Australians doing just that here and here and here and here)
Nonetheless, Azalea showed up to the International Music Awards in Berlin on November 22 lightly subconsciously tapping her belly, yet in a performance in Brazil last night, you wouldn’t think she was pregnant in those outfits either.
But on the flip side, Cardi B did the same thing when news of her first pregnancy with daughter Kulture leaked.
She posted a video with her belly looking flat’ish to squelch rumors but was clearly pregnant at the time as we later learned she was three months along in that video.
Time will tell….
Singer Natalie Imbruglia, most famous for her 2000s hit “Torn“, announced recently that she is expecting her first child at age 44, thanks to modern science and use of a sperm donor and IVF.
The star shared the news on her Instagram page and then shared it via Twitter.
“As you can see from the pic . . . there is another announcement . . . (no I haven’t swallowed a watermelon),” she wrote of the first photo in the Instagram gallery. “I’m expecting my first child this Autumn. For those of you that know me, this has been something I have wanted for a very long time and I’m blessed that this is possible with the help of IVF and a sperm donor – I won’t be saying anything more on that publicly. I’m so excited about this next adventure . . . a new album and I’m going to be a mum!”
She also used the occasion to announce she is newly signed with BMG music group and is working on a new project.
While many celebrity women like Sandra Bullock, Kristin Davis, and Charlize Theron, Sharon Stone and Denise Richards, who were not in a committed relationship have adopted children, few have gone the route (publicly) of getting artificially inseminated by a donor.
Model Monica Cruz, who is also the sister of actress Penelope Cruz, did so in 2013 and welcomed daughter Antonella Cruz shortly after.
Monica too stayed away from prying questions.
Monica said she stayed away from the limelight and “isolated” herself to avoid answering tough questions about the circumstances of her pregnancy.
“I wanted to avoid, above all, that they spoke about possible fathers, or the possible candidates to be it,” she told a Spanish magazine El Pais in January. She decided later to not perpetuate an already taboo subject and to come out in public with the news. “So I have decided to tell all. To become pregnant, I turned to artificial insemination… I want to tell also so I can have the opportunity to show my thanks to all those anonymous men that give many women like me, the dream of their lives.”
A mom of one, a mom of twins and a mom of triplets met in London.
All three previously covered “Bellyitch Bumpwatch” alumsMeghan Markle, Beyonce Knowles Carter, and Pharelle Williams‘ wife Helen Lasichanh (who gave birth to the couple’s triplets in 2017) gathered at the European premiere of the live action remake of the 1994 Disney animated film The Lion King on Sunday.
The event took place at London’s Odeon Leicester Square where the celebs walked the “yellow carpet” which also featured black lion paw prints during its star-studded arrivals.
Beyonce, who voices Nala greeted the former Meghan Markle for the first time since Duchess of Sussex presented her and her hubby Jay Z with the 2018 Brit Awards for Best International Group.
The power couple accepted via video acceptance while standing in front of a portrait of the Duchess wearing a crown, back in December before the Duchess gave birth to her first child, son Archie, with husband Prince Harry.
The two celeb moms greeted each other warmly, with Markle in a black A line tea length Jason Wu Collection Mesh Panel Fit and Flare Dress with sheer sleeves and bodice and Beyonce, dressed in a thigh high slit draped yellow gown.
“Hello my Princess” Beyonce can be seen mouthing before a very warm hug, followed by a friendly hug from Jay Z.
“The baby, so beautiful,” Beyonce then remarked, according to Royal reporter Rebecca English had the scoop on the conversation . “We love you guys.”
At that point, Markle then turned to introduce her husband, who was decked out in a tux. The Prince greeted Beyonce with a kiss on each cheek and Jay-Z with a handshake.
“You’ve been rather busy,” Harry told Beyoncé.
The 444 rapper responded with, “Congratulations on the birth of your baby,” while nodding towards Meghan.
“And how are the twins?” the Prince asked, referencing the superstars’ twins, daughter Rumi and son Sir, born in 2017.
‘”They are not here. They don’t come on every trip,” Bey replied. “We left them at home. They would loved to have been here.”
The Royal couple then greeted Sir Elton John, his husband David Furnish and the Disney president before being introduced to Pharrell Williams who worked on the music in the film.
His wife Helen stayed in the back row but was acknowledged.
“It’s just incredible, you’re in for a great night,” John added.
Harry was humored by Pharrell William’s signature shots tuxedo and his curtsy he did as a joke, I hope.
“I love the look,” Harry said with smile. “It’s phenomenal, seriously. It is just amazing,.”
Also in the line up were actors Billy Eichner, Seth Rogan, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Florence Kasumba.
As part of the film’s rollout, Disney Studios is supporting Protect the Pride, a campaign focused on protecting and revitalizing the lion population.
I’ve seen a series of bad articles about cookbook chef, celebrity mom, NBA great Steph Curry’s wife and our Bellyitch bumpwatch alum Ayesha Curry.
They started when she made some controversial comments on Jada Pickett Smith and Willow Smith’s Facebook TV show The Red Table Talk about feeling inadequate about never getting solicitation from other men compared to her husband who has women throwing themselves at him all the time and other topics.
I’ve had friends of mine proclaim that the kitchenware brand owner needs to simply “stop talking” so she would stop garnering backlash.
I decided to actually read the recent article in Working Mother which featured the mom of three’s interview and when I see the latest “explosive” comments in context, I think the opposite of her.
Curry needs to actually keep talking.
AT 37-years old, Ayesha is an restaurateur and co-owner of the “International Smoke” chain of restaurants, an influencer (boy does she get people talking), and the host and executive producer of a new forthcoming ABC TV show called Family Food Fight.
[*Good job generating buzz, girl*]
I think she needs to continue speaking up and raising awareness on things like the effects of postpartum depression on new mothers, gender expectations and the limitations men place on women and wives, the challenges of being multi-racial, colorism and the self-esteem issues surrounding being accepted and feeling welcome in one’s community.
We are such a judgmental society and we make decisions about people based on headlines, out-of-context snippets, and images that are attached to articles that float across our social media feed.
On The Botched Boob Job
Postpartum depression led to a rash decision to alter her breast size.
“I didn’t realize at the time, but after having Ryan, I was battling a bit of postpartum that lingered for a while. It came in the form of me being depressed about my body,” the CoverGirl and the Honest Company brand ambassador shared. “So I made a rash decision. The intention was just to have them lifted, but I came out with these bigger boobs I didn’t want. I got the most botched boob job on the face of the planet. They’re worse now than they were before. I would never do anything like that again, but I’m an advocate of if something makes you happy, who cares about the judgment?
On Using a Dismissive Comment for Empowerment
“I think a lot of people do not take me seriously,” confesses Ayesha, who turned 30 in March. Despite her ever-expanding empire, people chalk up her success to her pro-athlete spouse. “They think this is something I’ve obtained because of my husband’s income. That’s not true. He hasn’t invested a dime in my restaurant business.”
“When my career was starting to take off, this male reporter bashed me on live television, saying I should be more like the other [basketball] players’ wives. He literally said, ‘They sit there, they don’t cause any problems, and they look pretty.’”
Curry said a comment from a member of the media made her want to be more than just a quiet and silent wife.
“Why am I not allowed to have a passion and a dream and a voice?” she marvels. “That started a fire in me. I could not be stopped, and I wanted to prove myself.”
Since then, perceptions of her has changed.
“Now the conversation has shifted,” she added. “Stephen doesn’t get any negative [questions] about me. Especially in the Bay Area, people say to him, ‘I like her food a lot,’ and that’s been special for me.”
On being Black or white enough
Curry said as a product of multiracial heritage, she felt that in America, compared to her native Canada, she felt compelled to fit squarely into one box.
Her mother is Jamaican and Chinese, and her dad is Polish and African American.
“Everyone was from a place other than Canada and that’s how you identified yourself, not black or white,” Curry shared in that article.
“I identified as Jamaican because that’s where my mom came from,” she says of her childhood in Toronto, where her neighbors were mostly Asian and Indian. “In the states I’m simply ‘black.'”
And she has had to explain these complicated concepts to her kids so they grow up more centered and balanced and do not buy into Colorism:
“They’re fair in complexion, and they’ve said: ‘I’m not black; look at my skin.’ And I said: ‘No, no, no. You’re a black woman. You have melanin. It’s part of who you are. Our descendants are from Africa. This is what that means.’ It’s been a journey teaching them that, and that black comes in many different shades.”
In sum, it looks like she is very much misunderstood, but perhaps it is purposeful.
Folks would rather not read in context or look to nuances or give her the benefit of the doubt.
That takes more work and in today’s digital era, everyone isn’t granted time.
One trend we noticed among this latest crop of first time moms: either they’ve concealed their babies from the spotlight, and laid low since becoming a mom or they’ve been all in, giving their babies their own Instagram or making them the star of the parents social media feed. No in between. All In or Nothing. Whatever floats their boat, we’re sure each had a great time yesterday celebrating Mom’s Day for the first time since their babies were born. Here is a run down:
International human rights attorney Amal Clooney and husband George Clooney are very private people, yet the arrival of their first set of children, twins —a boy named Alexander and girl named Ella— was big news yet, the Clooneys have yet to talk about them in the public other than George revealing their first words were “Mamma!”
Khloe Kardashian was one of three of the Kardashian-Jenner women who welcomed a baby this year. Her sister Kylie Jenner had her first baby while Kim Kardashian welcomed her third child via surrogate. She had managed to stay out of spotlight since giving birth to True (with her estranged boyfriend NBA Cleveland Cavaliers star Tristan Thompson) in April 2017.
The youngest of the Jenner-Kardashian clan, Kylie Jenner welcomed her daughter Stormi with boyfriend Travis Scott on February 1 and she did an excellent job keeping the entire pregnancy under wraps.
Bring It On star Kirsten Dunst also did a great job covering up the majority of her pregnancy and only revealed it when she was well into her third trimester while posing for an ad campaign. She welcomed a baby boy this month with fiancé Jesse Plemons and they too have yet to even discuss baby since he arrived.
On May 2, Jordin Sparks and her husband, model Dana Isaiah Thomas welcomed their first child together, son Dana Isaiah Thomas Jr. and the American Idol alum stunned everyone when she was spotted walking the red carpet just three days later. Wow!
Julia Stiles and her husband Preston J. Cook welcomed their son Strummer Newcomb Cook on Oct. 20, 2017. The Silver Linings Playbook star was recently “mommy shamed” for the say she carried her baby in a carrier but clapped back like a champ.
The Southern Charm star Cameran Eubanks had her daughter Palmer on Nov. 11, 2017. After celebrating with a hilarious shower, Eubanks has since shared lots about mommyhood on her Insta!
The Hills Babyboom
Lauren Conrad led the little baby boom of alums of the MTV show The Hills when she welcomed her first child, son Liam, on July 5 with her hubbie William Tell. Since becoming a mom, she too has laid low but pops up once in a while to show off her mom power!
Heidi Pratt who was Conrad’s nemesis on the show and her husband Spencer Pratt also welcomed a baby boy named Guinner on October 12017 but unlike the others, they’re pretty out and open about sharing photos of him in social media.
Finally, Whitney Port had her first child Sonny with husband Tim Rosenman in July 2017 and was very transparent about the trials of pregnancy on her YouTube channel but looks to believe it was all worth it.
This week, one of our fave morning shows, “The Fam in the Morning” had a debate about whether one would hire an attractive babysitter, nanny or au pair. The female host, Danni Starr, said a pretty girl DM’d her in response to an Instagram post Starr shared asking for a nanny. Starr, whose ex-husband cheated on her with a stripper and had a baby with one of their sitters, said she did not reply to the DM because she was not interested in exposing her new boyfriend to the attractive girl. Things went left when the two male show hosts, DJ Quicksilva and DJ 5-9 invited the rejected DM girl on the show and the girl proceeded to call Starr insecure. The debate turned into an all out fight live on air and it ended with Starr storming out and later tweeting that she was looking for a new job.
It sadly happened today, on International Women’s Day. Anyway, the fight trended on Twitter in DC and eventually went international when several news outlets including the UK Daily Mail covered the ambush and subsequent spat and on air melee.
It reminded me of an article several years ago by now-defunct parenting blog Momlogic where they explored the idea of hiring a hot nanny and queried women’s response to the suggestion.
Most recently, our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Mel B was embroiled in a battle with ex over an affair he had with their nanny.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ben Affleck, the late Robin Williams, Rob Lowe, Jude Law and other famous men have been caught having affairs with the nanny or babysitter. There are quite a few men who actually left their wives for the nanny. Certainly, there are examples among regular families too.
The site gathered responses from readers and below are the gems:
One of our Moms says her occasional sitter is gorgeous. “I’m less concerned about a sitter’s appearance than her personality. If I felt like she ‘connected’ with my husband in other ways—I’d have to let her go.”
Another Mom’s answer was short and sweet. “No.”She eventually added, “It’s like when you’re on a diet and you don’t want chocolate cake in the house. I trust my husband. But I really don’t want to expose him to temptation if I can help it!”
One Mom said “I don’t want some hot nanny in my house, picking up toys with her young, tight, little ass. Nope. I don’t want it.”
Another Mom said she’s always had nannies who looked like supermodels. “The funny thing is, my husband always hired them.” Okay. Hmmm.
Would you hire an attractive nanny, au pair or baby sitter? This mom and blogger did. Read about her experience and agony over the decision here!