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Olivia Wilde Breastfeeding in Glamour

Actress Olivia Wilde is featured on the cover of the September issue  of Glamour magazine and inside is photographed breastfeeding her infant son, Otis, who she gave birth to this April. 
It’s all in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week. 

With this image, Wilde joins a bevy of celebrity  women who have been photographed for magazines or who have shared images of themselves Breastfeeding including: Gwen Stefani, Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova, Gisele Bundchen, Angelina Jolie, P!nk, Lucy Lawless, Alanis Morisette, SalmaHayek and others. 

Breastfeeding mom’s social media photo evokes controversy…again *sigh*

By now, you may have seen the story in TODAY or any number of media outlets about California State University Long Beach graduate Karlesha Thurman who was captured a couple weeks ago breastfeeding her 3-month old daughter Aaliyah during the graduation ceremony while still in her cap and gown.  
After getting her diploma, her baby became too fussy so she had a friend bring her down to nurse her and she did so with no fuss or complaint from other graduates. A friend took a photo of Thurman nursing because she thought it was cute. 
Later, Thurman posted the photo on the (now-deleted) Facebook page Black Women Do Breastfeed, a page set up to normalize breastfeeding among a community that usually doesn’t support breastfeeding and are least likely to nurse their babies and to do it long because of the shame and stigma. Black women are least likely to breastfeed and when they do stop earlier than other women, Centers for Disease Control reports note. 
Thurman’s photo had the dual purpose of showing that despite getting pregnant in her final year of college and not being married to her child’s father, she persevered, overcame the odds and graduated
“I honestly thought that as a society, people were more understanding to breast-feeding and understood the importance of breast-feeding,” Thurman, 25, told the site. “It’s not disgusting, it’s not a bad thing, it’s not a negative thing,” Thurman added. “It’s the best thing for my daughter. More people should do it.” 
“I posted it to show it’s natural, it’s normal, there’s nothing wrong with it,” Thurman said. “I didn’t even know there was a big controversy about breast-feeding in public until all of this happened.”
Only the image went viral somehow and has sparked vigorous debate, once again, over whether the act, in that setting and whether posting the image of it in social media was appropriate. 
Some have slut shamed her over her nipples being exposed and others said it was just inappropriate setting to be nursing, that she should have planned earlier and pumped so her baby could have been nourished using a bottle; and/or  that she should have at least covered her boobs or done it in private. Some said she should show modesty, and been more discreet.

Bellyitch has posted on similar controversies over the past four years.  We covered breastfeeding in social media shaming in 2012 with Eric Benet, Gisele Bundchen  in 2013 and model Ashley Nicole in March 2014.

Sadly, it seems that when black women do it, there’s the most uproar.

Today, I replied with a meme I created and shared on my Tumblr page:

…And a Buzzfeed post I wrote after a friend told me that the nipple exposure is what really made it different than an average cleavage photo. 

I had to point out the 8 Times Celebrity Women who are not Karlesha Thurman showed their nipples in images that circulated in social media but  didn’t shut down the Internet in dialogue over breasts.

Melody Thornton of the Pussycat Dolls, Actress Sharon Stone, Pop singer Ciara, The Fantastic Four actress Jessica Alba and Rihanna and Rihanna and Rihanna and Rihanna all bared the nips but to less uproar as we’ve seen in two days over a recent college graduate breastfeeding her baby out of necessity and shared on her private Facebook page.
 Aaaah society and our sexual double standards and low tolerance for breastfeeding our young.
Personally, I’m tired of talking about this. Let’s #NormalizeBreastfeeding already so we don’t have to keep having this debate over and over again. 

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Chanel Iman, the Latest Expecting Victoria Secret Model’s Celeb Style

Mom-to-be Chanel Iman looked radiant while presenting at the  2018 Fragrance Foundation Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 12, 2018 in New York City.

The Victoria Secret model went with her signature  red carpet look: a floor-length sleek dress with a deep split.  That day, it was a one shoulder dress in crimson color.

It was reminiscent to the black dress she worked to the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum a couple weeks earlier on June 4, 2018 in New York City.

The 27-year old joins the long list of Vicky Secret models we’ve “bump watched” on the blog including Jourdan DunnGisele  Bündchen, Irina Shayk, Shannon Click, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo, Miranda Kerr, and Bar Refaeli.

Iman and her husband, New York Giant’s Sterling Shepard, are both expecting their first child together

National Donut Day: Where You Can Still Get A Free One Today


Today is National Donut Day!

It’s not too late get a free donut if you haven’t already copped one yet.


Rita Ora And Chrissy Teigen

Also, to ease your guilt check out all these other Celeb women we’ve featured on the blog eating donuts!



If they can do it  you can too!


Alicia Keys and Jimmy Fallon

Krispy Kreme

The deal: Participating locations nationwide will give you one free donut of your choice — any flavor on the menu — and there’s no requirement to buy anything. Yep, it’s that easy.

When: All day.

Dunkin’ Donuts

The deal: One free classic donut of your choice with the purchase of any beverage at participating locations in the US, while supplies last.

When: All day.

Tim Hortons

The deal: Score a free classic donut when you buy a hot or iced coffee at participating locations. You’ll also have to mention that it’s National Donut Day.

When: All day.

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

LaMar’s Donuts

The deal: Bring this Golden Ticket to your local LaMar’s and they’ll treat you to one free donut; specifically, “any donut with a hole” (no specialty donuts). Whatever, a free donut is a free donut.

When: All day.

Honey Dew Donuts

The deal: This New England chain will give you one of its new Coco Loco Donuts for free, when you buy any medium size or larger beverage.

When: All day.

Duck Donuts

The deal: Get any donut for free when you buy something. You’ll also get a special receipt for a buy-one-get-one free 1/2 dozen donuts deal redeemable Monday-Wednesday through August 31.

When: All day.

Fractured Prune Doughnuts

The deal: Participating locations are handing out one free OC Sand Donut per customer.

When: All day.

Stan’s Donuts

The deal: Grab a free donut with any purchase.

When: All day.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08:  Singer Beyonce gets donuts for her birthday on the Good Morning America show in Times Square on September 8, 2006 in New York City.  (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 08: Singer Beyonce gets donuts for her birthday on the Good Morning America show in Times Square on September 8, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

Doughnut Plant

The deal: This New York City mini chain is offering a free Carnival Sprinkles mini cake donut with any purchase.

When: All day.

Kwik Trip

The deal: Sign up for this Wisconsin-based convenience store chain’s text message club and you can get one free Kwikery Bake Shop Cake Donut, Dunker, or Glazer.

When: All day.


The deal: Wawa Rewards members can get a free donut with the purchase of a coffee, according to multiple tips from readers.

When: All day.


The deal: Instead of handing out free donuts for one day, Entenmann’s is holding a sweepstakes in which you can win free donuts for a whole year, along with other prizes.



photos: Getty/Srarcast/Screengrab


Where Was Bryce Dallas Howard Hiding her Vivacious Curves All these Years?

Actress Bryce Dallas Howard speaks onstage during American Film Institute’s 44th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute show to John Williams at Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

Actress Bryce Dallas Howard speaks onstage during American Film Institute’s 44th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute show to John Williams at Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

So…. I spent the morning stalking Bryce Dallas Howard, a Bellytich Bumpwatch alum, who currently stars in the soon-to-be released Disney movie Pete‘s Dragon. 

Pardon my stream of consciousness revelations:

What caught my eye was the vivacious leopard print wrap dress she wore to Hollywood premiere of Pete’s Dragon outside El Capitan Theatre on Monday, as reported by the Daily Mail.

howard pete's dragon premiere

And I thought, wowza! She looks gorge and absolutely hawt! Mama Mia! What a marvelous voluptuous shape!

Then, I thought but where was she hiding those curves all these years?

I admit, I never saw many of her early movies or plays. Howard didn’t rest on her laurels as being the daughter to vet actor, producer and director Ron Howard.  She learned and honed her craft so she could have the chops to land top roles. She  graduated from performing arts camp at Stagedoor Manor, New York, she then proceeded to Tisch School of the Arts New York University and graduated with B.FA honours (2003) She has also studied at School at Steppenwolf Chicago and New York City-based The Actors Center.

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Honoree Director Ron Howard accepts award from presenter Bryce Dallas Howard onstage at the DGA Honors 2015 Gala on October 15, 2015 in New York City.

Nonetheless, I did catch all the hits she is best known for and I swear I thought she was more svelter in Jurassic World.  (I finally caught it on cable during a movie night at home with the hubby and kids.)

Then I figured it out!  She was wearing neutral jungle theme toned down colors and I just never noticed them. Hmmm… Come to think of it, when she played Victoria in the Twilight Saga, Hilly Holbrook in The Help or Gwen Stacy in Spiderman 3, I never noticed how curvaceous she was when she played those roles either.

Aaaah, blame it on creative costuming! Thanks, Hollywood. ha.

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Howard as Victoria in the Twilight Series, Hilly in The Help and Claire in Jurassic World

Well, well…then I thought to myself, if she looked amazing in that wrap dress, what other looks have I missed? That’s when I discovered all these fab outfits she wore at various Hollywood events and movie premiere.

bryce dallas howard

Nice! We’ve really got to do a better job and showcasing and highlighting these influential actors that do not fit in the size 2 mold and kill it on the screen and the red carpet.

I’ve always admired Bryce for being open and authentic about the reality of pregnancy and motherhood. I found her post-partum looks to be more realistic for women who have just given birth, uncommon to the unrealistic ideal that is pushed onto women.

Shortly, after she gave birth to her son Theo in 2007 with fellow actor husband Seth Gabel, the former stage play actress was ridiculed in gossip media for her post-partum size, then she opened up about suffering through post-partum depression and her struggles with breastfeeding which, in 2010, she said was harder than natural childbirth and led her to cry in the shower.

She welcomed a daughter Beatrice in January 2012.

No Shame in Breastfeeding: Ashley Nicole and other Actresses & Models who Social Media shared photos of themselves Nursing

So a couple years ago, R&B singer Eric Benet shared a photo of his wife Manuela Testolini via Instagram, breastfeeding his newborn daughter. He shot the pic because the baby was incidentally holding up her fingers in what looked like a peace sign. Benet didn’t consider the fact that his wife’s breast was exposed at the time.

Well, he got the backlash of his life from people who, apparently, believe breasts should only be shown in social media when squeezed inside teenie tiny bikinis or bursting out the side of an A-lister’s red carpet dress. When shown nourishing a baby it elicits all sorts of queasiness and uneasiness among audiences. 
For too many people,  breasts are sexual and should only be shown or used as sexual objects. The idea of a baby nursing makes them uncomfortable and they simply cannot handle it. 
Take II.
Two years later, it’s 2014 and Miami Dolphins linebacker Philip Wheeler‘s girlfriend model Ashley Nicole decided to take to her Instagram page to share a photo of herself breastfeeding her baby on the run.
“Was on the way out the door but then mommy duty called,” she captioned the above photo “…Everything stops for him! #breastisbest #natureisbeaufitul”
Not so fast, you nursing advocates.
In no time, the image went viral and all sorts of folks who apparently grew up learning to be ashamed of something as natural as nursing went to town, cursing out the mom, calling her all sorts of names on her own Instagram page which many of them had never ever before frequented.  Yeah, going all out of their way to leave whatever website they were trolling or stalking to go to this woman’s page and berate her. 
I could blame  sites like TMZ  and  Bossip which posted about the story asking “Is it inappropriate” and certainly siccing their legions of followers on the poor woman.
I hate people sometimes. 
Some said the photo and words were not shared to advocate for breastfeeding but to draw attention to mom who is a Ford model and was well-dressed and in shades. Why stop to get a third person to take a photo for Instagram, if it was just natural and incidental, they ask? Only, she was dressed to go out at the time as she mentioned in the photo and she probably figured while stopping to breastfeed, she might as well share the moment with her followers and promote breastfeeding at the same time. Kill two birds with one stone.
The bullying was so intense Wheeler told TMZ Sport that people should back off .

“”I wish everybody would just leave it alone,” Wheeler said. “She’s a model. She takes pictures for a living.”a

Nicole eventually deleted her Instagram account altogether!

Good grief!
According to the Center for Disease Control, 26% of babies are never breastfed.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics research, human milk-feeding decreases the incidence and/or severity of a wide range of infectious diseases including bacterial meningitis, bacteremia, diarrhea, respiratory tract infection, necrotizing  enterocolitis, otitis media, urinary tract infection, and late-onset sepsis in preterm infants.
In addition, post-neonatal infant mortality rates in the United States are reduced by 21% in breastfed infants.
It should come as no surprise that much of the “hate” came from the black and African American community which seemingly has a less than supporting appreciation for breastfeeding and especially for breastfeeding in public. The CDC also reports that African Americans are less likely to breastfeed their children. 

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies reports that Blacks stop breastfeeding sooner than other races, setting up their children for higher incidences of illnesses and diseases that non-breastfed children succumb to at a higher rate than those who were nursed.

The report also links higher rates of infant mortality and low birth weight to lack of breastfeeding.

There is a taboo about it among the black community, perhaps, and those who nurse for too long are not encouraged  or supported and are sometimes egged on to stop breastfeeding after a few weeks or months. Although to be fair, shorter breastfeeding times are also linked to low income mothers who have to report to work earlier and have shorter maternity leave and/or work in settings where they do not have a private place to pump and store their milk for their babies.
Kim Durdin-James, national president of the African-American Breastfeeding Alliance (AABA), summed it up well in saying, “In the best of times, breastfeeding is the optimal feeding choice for young children because it provides babies with all vital nutrients for growth and development, but in times of disaster, breastfeeding can mean the difference between life and death.”

Then there are those who bashed Nicole specifically because she was not wed to her baby’s father. Some said that Gisele Bunchen didn’t get the same amount of backlash because she was married when she shared  a similar photo last November.

But Bundchen wasn’t the first.

Xena the Warrior Princess actress and model Lucy Lawless who was photographed (above) for World Breastfeeding Week in 2002.

Singer P!nk  shared a photo of herself breastfeeding via her Instagram account, although she has since deleted the image.

Australian Model Miranda Kerr tweeted a photo of herself in 2011 breastfeeding her daughter in between costume changes during a photo shoot on her personal blog, which is currently taking a hiatus.

It shouldn’t matter if she’s married or not, a model or an actress, sharing a natural  act shouldn’t be shamed or shunned. Whether it is considered oversharing or too private for Instagram or not is up for debate and up to the individual person sharing.

We say kudos to them if destigmatizing it will eventually make it less unpopular among some groups.

Keep on brave women.

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