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International Women’s Day: 15 Quotes from Women Worldwide Historically

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is Today, Sunday, March 8

In honor of this day celebrating and honoring women, worldwide, we are re posting our feature from last year which is a compilation of  15 inspirational quotes from women along history and across the globe:

1. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. 

– Eleanor Roosevelt, former US First Lady

2. There are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there. 

 Indira Ghandi, Former Prime Minister of India

3. Age is getting to know all the ways the world turns so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won’t get run over – Miriam Makeba, South African musician and singer

4.  It doesn’t matter who you are, (or) where you came from, the ability to triumph begins with you. ALWAYS. – Oprah Winfrey, American Media Conglomerate head, Philanthropist

5.  You got to try and reach for the stars or try and achieve the unreachable. – Cathy FreemanAboriginal Australian Olympian 

6.  Tremendous amounts of talent are being lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.    – Shirley Chisholm, Unbought and Unbossed, First Caribbean American and First Black woman elected to the US Congress

7.  There is an old and very wise Native American saying: Every time you point a finger in scorn—there are three remaining fingers pointing right back at you. ― Alyson Noel, Native American author 

8.  If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing– Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom

9.  Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. – Mother Theresa, humanitarian, Indian

10.   I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions. – Lillian Hellman, American author and playwright

11. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough. – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,  Africa’s First Woman President (Liberia)

12. A woman obsessed with her body is also obsessed with the limitations of her emotional life.  – Kim Chernin, The Obsession, American author

13. The grim possibility is that she who “hides her brains” will, more than likely, end up with a mate who is only equal to a woman with “hidden brains” or none at all.  – Lorraine Hansberry, “In Defense of the Equality of Men” in The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, Playwright and Author

14. I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you. ― Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter

15.  I am not afraid… I was born to do this. – Joan of Arc, Revolutionary and Martyr from France

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2105 Grammy Award Red Carpet Fashion (PHOTOS)

Tonight was the 57th Annual Grammy Awards held at STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.

And as usual, we spotted many of the celebrity mothers we’ve written about on Bellyitch in the past on the red carpet.

Congratulations to Beyonce (Best R&B Performance & Song)  Erica Campbell (Best Gospel), Carrie Underwood (Best Country), Christina Aguilera  (Best Pop Duo/Group) and Toni Braxton (Best R&B album) who all won awards tonight.

Here is what they wore (will update with more specifics later):

Congratulations to Beyonce in a laced with jewel overlay Proenza Schouler dress for winning the award for the best R&B Performance and Best R&B  Song for “Drunk in Love” tonight, and being the most nominated woman in Grammy history.

Kim Kardashian looked stunning in Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2015 robe dress and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.  I loved her new haircut. Her makeup was flawless. The shape was a bit odd, but I think she pulled it off. Love. Love!
I thought Gwen Stefani in this black Spring 2015 Atelier Versace cropped jumpsuit looked hip and youthful. I was blown away to see her stray away from her signature red lip for once. Wow! .
Jennifer Hudson worked it in a white Tom Ford pencil length strapless dress. I like the trendy purple lip and that she is still rocking that pageboy hair cut. 
Nicole Kidman in pre-fall 2015 Thierry Mugler and Prabal Gurung heels. This look is perfect and she looked healthy and amazing. That blunt bob cut is very current. Nice!

Ciara was going for the wow factor here in this gorgeous couture Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2014 gown with black “Mea Culpa” Christian Louboutin pumps

Toni Braxton looked like a goddess in Marc Bouwer Fall 2015. 

Congrats to Erica Campbell who won the Best Gospel Gospel album for her solo project, “Hero”. She was regal in a royal purple dress by LUM, toting a petite glack Onna Ehrlich clutch with Casadei Offiical pumps. 

This is such a different but very gorgeous look for Giuliana Rancic in Steven Khalil with Gianvito Rossi shoes and Jack Vartanian earrings.

And another stunner Giuliana Rancic later in a Bouchra Jarrar jumpsuit.

Not a mom  but my fave for the night was Rihanna in Giambattista Valli.  Yeah, she was meme-ified a bunch tonight, but I think she owned the moment, stood out and glowed. Her make up was flawless, the strapless halter bodice portion fit perfectly and the billowy layers made me smile. 

Photos: Getty

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10 Must-See Viral Father-Daughter Dance-Off videos

Here is some light-hearted fun for your Sunday evening.

Who doesn’t love seeing choreographed routines but how about cute choreographed father-daughter routines…especially when they involve little girls and their dads?

We rounded up about 10 such videos after seeing a slight surge in them going viral lately.

First up is Kenny Link and his 7-year old dauhter Liliana who he spotted dancing “Dubstep” dance and when he asked her where she learned it, she said from “watching you”. So  cute. They taped a video which went viral

Next, check out this video mom took of dad and his daughter having a battle in the middle of Saturday morning house cleanup.

Dad and 4-year old daughter dance to Taylor Swift‘s “Shake it Off”

Another recent viral video features single dad, rapper Bryan and his 7-year old daughter Kimani doing the  “Baby Bop Slide”

A bit old, but Comedian Mike Hanley and his daughter Jessica at her birthday party and how smart are they for disabling comments to shield from all the negatively that seems to flow in viral videos.

London Johnson dances to Ariana Grande‘s “Problem” using moves choreographed by his 8-year old daughter.

This one is shorter but still cute:

And now a way bit older, but still worth sharing is Singer Liane V and her dad who release a series of cute Vines/IG videos weekly:

A video posted by LianeV.com (@lovelianev) on Dec 12, 2014 at 5:34pm PST

A video posted by @dnimnwoym on Dec 12, 2014 at 6:17am PST

A video posted by @dnimnwoym on Dec 12, 2014 at 6:16am PST

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Caught by Paparrazi: Bellyitch Alum Moms out and about

We usually don’t share pics taken by paparazzi per a new policy. However, while going through the pics of our favorite Pheeder Sellebrity Rick, we couldn’t help but to pick out a few of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch Babes looking fab while out and about, including Kim Kardashian back in May signing autographs after getting off a flight and landing at LAX, looking cute in all black.
And Hillary Duff looking tres buff after one of her intensive daily work outs.
And a surprised Nicole Richie shopping and still wearing her purple hair, we see.
And a rare shot of Jessica Alba emerging from a courthouse after someone got hitched!
And Saved by The Bell‘s Elizabeth Berkley giving her son comfort as he takes a pony ride.

And Rachel Zoe in June tending to her eldest son during an outing in an open air market.
And looking hawt is that Mrs Gwen Stefani baby wearing her son while shopping and stopping by for ice cream.
Lilit Avagyan, the new Mrs. Reggie Bush heading back to her car after a nail salon trip
And Hillary Duff again because she looks so svelte and saucy and is so cute! Love her!

40 Celebrities who gave birth after 40

When Actress Laura Linney gave birth to her first child this January 15,  she became the oldest celebrity woman to give birth “naturally” at age 49.  She outseated actress Kelly Preston who gave birth to her son Benjamin when she was 48.  It was the first child for the The Truman Show  star and her husband since 2009, Marc Schauer. 

Linney was among a long list of celebrities who managed to stay under the radar for the majority of their pregnancy including: Tamar Braxton AdeleNicole Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson and Beyonce who all announced at the 5th month mark that they were “with child.”  She was more successful than Lost  actress Evangeline Lily, who  never told anyone she was pregnant and was eventually busted by paparazzi at 8 months pregnant while she was living in Hawaii. Linney also bested Jennifer Hudson who looked to be about 8 months pregnant when a wayward photographer caught her and her boyfriend out and about, trying to be inconspicuous. 
And at 49, Linney also joins the over 40 baby club which includes:
  1. NICOLE KIDMAN gave birth to her first child, Sunday Rose, at the age of 40 with her husband, Keith Urban. 
  2. SUSAN SARANDON  gave birth to her son, Jack at age 42. Three years later, she welcomed another son, Miles, at age 45.
  3. BROOKE SHIELDS underwent seven rounds of in vitro fertilization treatments. After these treatments, she gave birth to her first child, Rowan, at age 37. At the age of 40, she traditionally conceived her daughter, Grier, with husband Chris Henchy.
  4. EMMA THOMPSON spent several years trying to have a baby. She opted for in vitro fertilization treatments and eventually welcomed daughter, Gaia, in her 40s.
  5. HELEN HUNT gave birth to her first kid, Makenalei Gordon in May 2004, with boyfriend, Matthew Carnahan when she was 43.
  6. JERRY HALL, Ex-wife of singer Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones’ lead singer, gave birth to the last of her four children, Gabriel, at 41.
  7. JULIANNE MOORE gave birth to her similarly redheaded second child, Liv Helen, at age 41.
  8. MARCIA CROSS, star of Desperate Wives, gave birth to fraternal twins, Eden and Savannah, at age 44, with husband, Tom Mahoney, in February 2007
  9. JANE SEYMOUR was already a mother of four at the age of 45 when she underwent fertility treatments in her mid-40s after her divorce with former husband. She and her current husband, director James Keach, welcomed twins, Johnny and Kristopher in 1995.
  10. SALMA HAYEK  gave birth to her first child, Valentina Paloma, at age 41, in September 2007 with her then-fiance, French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault. They later married in April 2009 before eventually divorcing.
  11. MOMICA BELLUCCI, Italian actress, gave birth to her second child at age 45
  12. KELLY PRESTON had her son Benjamin Travolta at age 48
  13. ANNETTE BENING has four kids with Warren Beatty and gave birth to her youngest at age 42.
  14. HALLE BERRY had her daughter Nahla at age 41, and her son Maceo at age 46.
  15. NIA LONG  gave birth to her second son when she was 41.
  16. MARIAH CAREY was 42 when she welcomed her twin, Morrocan and Monroe.
  17. TINA FEY gave birth to her first child, daughter Penelope at 41, and a second daughter Alice two years later at age 43..
  18. CELINE DION was 42 when she gave birth to her twin boys.
  19. GWEN STEFANI  was 44 when she welcomed her 3rd son, Apollo.
  20. ANA ORTIZ  had just turned 40 when she gave birth to her 2nd child.
  21. THANDI NEWTON had just turned 41 when she gave birth to her 3rd child, a son, Booker Jombe Parker.
  22. RACHEL ZOE  was 42 when she welcomed her 2nd son, Kaius.
  23. UMA THURMAN was 42 when she gave birth to her first kid with beau Arpad Busson.
  24. KIM FIELDS  was 44 when she and her hubby welcomed their second son Quincy.
  25. MIRA SORVINO was 44 when she welcomed her daughter Lucia and was 41 when she welcomed her son. She has 4 kids total.
  26. MAYA RUDOLPH was 41 when she gave birth to her 4th child.
  27. LISA LOEB quietly welcomed her 4th child at age 45, a son named Emet.
  28. JENNIFER CONNELLY  was 43 when her 3rd kid, daughter Agnes, was born
  29. MIMI ROGERS was 45 when she gave birth to her last child, a son.
  30. JANE KRACOWSKI  surprised everyone when at 45 she had her first child, a son.
  31. MERYL STREEP was 41 in 1991 when she welcomed her last of 4 kids.
  32. MARCIA GAY HARDEN was 44 when she gave birth to her twins
  33. MOLLY RINGWALD was also in her 40s, age 46, when she welcomed her twins.
  34. MADONNA was 41 when she gave birth to her son Rocco.
  35. MARISKA HARGITAY was 42 when she gave birth to her first child, a son and later went on to adopt more kids
  36. JUDY REYES was 41 when she welcomed daughter Leila in 2009.
  37. VANNA WHITE gave birth to her daughter the same year she turned 40.
  38. BEVERLY D’ANGELO  welcomed her twins at age 46.
  39. CHERYL TIEGS  had her first child, a son, at age 44.
  40. LAURA LINNEY  welcomed her first child at age 49.

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Celebrity ‘Selfie’ Showdown: In the Gym and Make-Up less (Bumpwatch Class of 2011)

Today, we’re taking a trip down memory lane and are checking out what the ladies who we “bumpwatched” in 2011 have been up to. What better way to do this than a Selfie showdown.

Enjoy these photos of self-portraits these celebrity moms who were expecting and/or gave birth in 2011. Which is your favorite?
Alessandra Ambrosio is our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum who is most repinned on our Pinterest account.

Alyssa Milano is again preggers and promoting the new season of her ABC show Mistresses.

Mary Mary‘s Erica Campbell took time to pray with a fan then pose in a selfie with her.

Fantasia Barino gets her post gym selfie on


Ivanka Trump before heading out to a formal event


Jessica Alba is also getting her work-out on


Jessica Simpson posed up with a 2013 alum CaCee Cobb.


Country singer Jewel in a jewel-tone emerald shirt.


Kim Zolciak Biermann and her daughter Brielle look like twins.


Laila Ali was showing her super fit former pro-Boxer bod while working out

Singer Lily Allen is sticking with  the bangs and pony look on tour.


Melanie Brown looks great sans make up while being photobombed by her daughters.


Nia Long was posing with her son during a trip to DC


P!nk too selfie posed with her child. 


Meanwhile, Rachel Zoe was posing with a pal.


Reese Witherspoon is going natural as well while on set for her new movie. 

Sofia Vergara was giving us the windswept look.


Tia Mowry Hardrict also gave us the natural glow of her gorgeous face

Tori Spelling supporting her Beverly Hills 90120 pal Jennie Garth upon the release of Garth’s latest book.

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2014 Met Ball Red Carpet Trends as worn by celebrity moms

Among the A-List celebs strutting their looks on the red carpet to this year’s Met Ball were several of our Bellyitch alum moms last night, May 5.
There was a departure from the traditional avante garde fair this year given the theme “Charles James: Beyond Fashion”, named after the newest exhibit at the museum. It allowed the ladies to do old Hollywood glam, which is safer and more feminine for the annual gala put on by the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and produced by Vogue editor-in-chief Ana Wintour.

The actual exhibit featured vintage old and recent Hollywood red carpet and other formal evening dresses worn by major US and international stars. 
We saw some trends starting with the traditional trains, as spotted on Beyonce in a Givenchy dress and shoes adorned with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry; and on Charlize Theron in a black and white Dior dress worn with Fred Leighton jewels.

Actress Lake Bell held it down for the pregnant ladies in Tomy Hillfiger while Ivanka Trump did an earthy pattern in Oscar de la Renta.

Event co-chair Sarah Jessica Parker also wore Oscar de la Renta in a black and white ball gown while Victoria Beckham went as herself, in a sleek strapless Victoria Beckham evening dress.

Dark colors were seen on Marion Cotilliard in Christian Dior and Kim Kardashian in a sateen teal Lanvin evening dress with Lorraine Schwartz jewels.
Metallic and Silver were worn by singer Lily Allen in Chanel Couture, model Lily Aldridge in Michael Kors and Nicole Richie in Donna Karan Atalier

Going with bold color was Katie Holmes in a full sunny gown by  Marchesa and Reese Witherspoon looking polished and pretty in Stella McCartney.

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PHOTO History of Ethnic Barbie Dolls Through the Years

This year Sports Illustrated marked the 50th issue of its widely popular Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition by devoting an entire spread to the iconic Barbie doll. And of course, the decision did not come without controversy and the usual back and forth debate and banter about Barbie, what she means to little girls and  their self esteem, and to beauty ideals.
Instead of jumping on that bandwagon, I thought I’d re share a quite popular spread we did a few years back during the 50th birthday of the doll and used the occasion to pay homage to how ethnic Barbies had developed through the years since Barbie first came on the scene. 
Enjoy this trip down blog memory lane:

Barbie, full name Barbara Millicent Rogers, was first introduced on the market on March 9, 1959. Her boyfriend, Ken, debuted in 1961.
She has always been controversial for activist-type moms who fear that the doll represents an unattainable and idiolized form of beauty that they don’t want their daughters striving to achieve.

Many moms “of color” have opposed Barbie because they say she represents a beauty ideal that their daughters can never attain (and look natural trying): blue eyes and blond hair.

However, a few year’s after her introduction, Mattel introduced a doll with darker complexion.

Francie doll introduced in 1967
In 1967, Mattel released a “colored” Francie doll that was made in the same mold as Barbie but just still had European facial features and body shape. 
Francie was featured on the Cover of Vogue Italia’s Black Barbie issue in 2009
Only in 2009, did Mattel release a “black Barbie” for commercial (non-collection) sale that had African features. 

First Black Barbie doll, introduced in 2009, that had African features

Asian parents wanted in too and wondered when Barbie would come in a version that resembled their little girls.  In 2010, Mattel released its first ever Asian doll, a Ken version, which many Asians complained should’ve been dressed like a modern Asian man in a t-shirt and jeans and not a Kabuki-looking, domo outfit.

A few years ago, when Mattel tried to modernize and release chic and updated dolls, mainly for adult collectors,  I noticed the Barbie Basic  dolls which featured dolls of various ethnic faces, hair styles and texture. 

In fact, it was the first time I saw a dark complexioned doll with a mini Afro. I took a photo of it but in the caption, I noted how the black dolls were dressed extra provocatively and one had on a J-Lo style navel cut dress.  Upon research, I discovered that several African American parents were up in arms over the dolls. But honestly, since they were collector items for adults, I really didn’t see much harm in them, unless they are complaining about Black women being portrayed as hypersexual in the media too much, then okay.

Over the years, Mattel has released various ethnic dolls, though for collectors and not commercial sale.

In, 2009, Italian designer Eliana Lorena outfitted over 500 Barbies in multicultural clothing for a charity auction to benefit Save the Children at Sotheby’s in Florence, Italy, to celebrate the then 50th anniversary of Barbie. Among those in the collection:
These dolls had ethnic features.
And then periodically, there are those celebrity replicas such as those our sister site Poshthesocialite featured last year:
Nicki Minaj Barbie
Halle Berry – “Die Another Day” James Bond Barbie
Janet Jackson Barbie
Diana Ross Barbie
Kimora Lee Simmons
Beyond Ethnic Barbie, other controversial ones cylced in too…

There was that pregnant Midge , Barbie’s cousin, who scared parents into thinking Barbie was going to convince their baby girls they should get knocked up. She didn’t last on the shelves too long.
People went bonkers when a blogger spoke out against the idea of a Bald Barbie for children undergoing chemotherapy while suffering with cancer and Leukemia. 
And folks got mad when they thought Mexican Barbie came with her passport to prove she was a citizen.
Despite it all, Barbie has weathered the storm and stays on the scene. She is a ride or die chick. Outlasting it all.
What do you think about Barbie’s legacy and changes through the years?

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