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The 2019 Golden Globes Awards Red Carpet Trends

I was cheering on a lot of the celeb moms I’ve featured on this blog during tonight’s airing of the Golden Globes Awards!

Congrats to Regina King for her win for her supporting actress role in the film If Beale Street Could TalkThe 227, Boyz In the Hood and American Crime alum used her time giving her acceptance speech to advocate for the Time’s Up x2 movement and challenged herself to make her projects fully gender equal in the future.

“In the next two years, and it’s going to be hard, I’m making a vow that every thing I produce…[will be] 50% women,” King said. “And I challenge everyone out there who is in a position of power, in all industries, I challenge you to challenge yourself and stand with us in solidarity and do the same.”

Bravo! I love this woman! <3

 Also, in keeping with my red carpet coverage tradition, I must add that I noticed a few Red Carpet trends worn on some of the celeb moms and others …

There was black, purple florals and big skirts on Heidi Klum in

 Monique Lhuillier, Molly Sims in Marchesa and Penelope Cruz in Ralph & Russo.

Silver and Shimmer on Mary Poppins ReturnsEmily Blunt in 

Alexander McQueen,  Keri Russell in Monique Lhuillier , Felicity Huffman in Laura Basci and Kristin Cavallari.

Sleek, sultry body hugging sheen and glimmer on Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein, Thandie Newton in a custom silver mirror-embroidered cutout gown from Michael Kors Collection. and King in Alberta Ferretti.

Big bright ball gowns on Lady Gaga in Valentino and Catherine Zeta Jones in Elie Saab

.Wine draping on Halle Berry in Zuhair Murad Couture and Alyssa Milano in Cristina Ottaviano.

Layers and draping on Anne Hathaway in Elie Saab , Lucy Liu in 

Galia Lahav and Julia Roberts in Stella McCartney which was my fave look all night!

photos: Getty

Marvel Stars Reflect On Founder and Creator Stan Lee’s Passing

Every parent to a fan of superhero comics, television series and movies should know a child’s favorite character and probably have a few of their own from childhood and today, the comic universe lost a pioneer and father figure in Marvel creator Stan Lee who died today at the age of 95.

Today, several of the celebrity women whose pregnancies we’ve covered in this blog left words of salute to the great Stan Lee who is recently famous for making obscure cameos in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and films.

I caught the latest when he played a fellow gambler in The Black Panther release. Here is a quick rundown, excerpted from E! News roundup, of what our Bellytich Bumpwatch alums had to say about Lee’s passing and what he meant to them as actors.

Halle Berry– “RIP, Stan Lee. Thank you for sharing your incredible vision with us. We are eternally grateful to you and would not be the same without it,” tweeted Berry, who played Storm in three X-Men movies. “I am so honored to have played a part in your world and will forever look back on the opportunity

Scarlett Johansson

“The galaxy just gained another Dog Star,” the actress, who plays Black Widow in multiple films, told E! News in a statement. “Thankful everyday to be a small part of Stan’s universe. He was a legendary visionary and a true artist.”

Zoe Saldana

“Today we lost one of the greats. Stan Lee, you were an inspiration and superhero to us all,” the actress, who played Gamora in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for contributing so much- and giving us all something to aspire to!”

Evangeline Lily

Stan…more than a master of stories, you always seemed like a master of living,” the star of Ant-Man and the Wasp wrote on Instagram. “I will look to you for inspiration for the rest of my life. You live on. xoxo Your Wasp.”

Jessica Alba

Taking a moment to thank the great Stan Lee for his kindness,” the actress wrote on Instagram. “It was a huge honor to be part of your universe. The experience I had on The Fantastic Four playing Sue Storm/Invisible Woman was so meaningful as a young actress and made a huge impact on me. We will miss you, Stan Lee.”

Trend: Manuela Testolini’s Baby Bump Message From Years Ago Is Thing

 

Back in 2012, R&B singer Eric Benet (Halle Berry‘s ex-husband) shared a photo (which has since been deleted) of his wife Manuela Testloni on Instagram while nursing their daughter Lucia while she was unknowingly holding up the universal sign for peace.

He shared the photo and it went viral but for the best reason in that it became a de facto advocate for breastfeeding.

There was a lot of debate about the appearance of breaspt in social media and it sparked a bunch of controversy, online discussion and some public shaming of public breast exposure during breastfeeding.

The Benet family including his daughter India and Luciana, with his then-newest daughter born in 2015.

Around that same time, he also shared a super cool photo of Testolini with a sweet message written on her belly (see above)

It has taken off and since then, I have noticed that quite a few women have followed her lease and written phrases, sayings and scriptures on their bellies and incorporated the image in their maternity portraits.

Here are a few from our Pinterest page which you can check out for image source and credit info:

Independence Day: Rock Stars and Stripes like These Celebs

Feeling patriotic?

Wearing the America Flag’s Stars and Stripes have been a trending item in past seasons and doing so is popular each year around the 4th of July.

Actually, according to the US Constitution, the flag should not be worn in the form of clothing. Doing so is a sign of disrespect. However, it is so common nowadays in modern secular society that no one bats an eye if someone wears Old Glory on their bottom.

To be safe, we’d suggest going with a plain t shirt with the flag on it as Gisele Bundchen and Kendall Jenner have been seen wearing in the past. An entire dress, like the ones Halle Berry and Meryl Streep have donned, might be over -the-top but they can work too. You can mix it up by separating the stars from the strips like with a jacket Ciara was spotted wearing is a great not so conspicuous way to show your American pride.

Celebs are famous for flaunting their figures in stripes short shorts. You can get Beyonce’s shorts from Forever 21 for $21.99.

estelle stars and stripes

Or pick up a red and white stars and stripes top like the one R&B singer Estelle wore once in the past from Zulily for $26.00.
They can be nabbed at big box stores like Walmart and Target around this time of year and usually get discounted on July 5th but that doesn’t mean you are limited to wearing patriot gear on these days only. Have it your way!

Model Brigitte Nelson, At Age 54 is Expecting A Baby

Model and TV personality Brigitte Nielsen just bested Janet Jackson who had a baby at age 50 when she announced she is expecting another child at age 54. The former Playboy bunny who is married to married to her 39-year-old husband Mattia Dessi revealed her baby news on her Instagram this week.

“Family getting larger,” she captioned one post cradling her baby bump and wrote in another “happy time positive vibes.”

The Surreal Life alum is already mom to four adult children 34-year old Julian, 28-year old Killian, 25-year old Douglas, 25 and 23-year old Raoul, 23, from previous marriages including one to actor Sylvester Stallone.

This will be Dessi’s first child.

What a time to be an older mom.

Currently, 48-year old actress Rachel Weisz is expecting with hubby Daniel Craig Another very advanced age celeb moms include actresses Geena Davis welcomed her twins Kian and Kaiss at 48,  Halle Berry delivered her son Maceo at age 47  and Kelly Preston had son Benjamin at 48. Sophie B. Hawkins also had a second child at age 50. 

SAG Awards Red Carpet, Winners

We are still in the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp when it comes to outing sexual harassment, assault and disparity in Hollywood and it too center stage again at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Kristen Bell was the first host (of any gender) of the annual show.

Also, women made all the presentations of awards during the event.

Unlike during the Golden Globes, we saw a lot of color on the red carpet. Attendees showed their solidarity to the movements with lapel pins and speeches.

Along with Bell, other celeb moms featured on the blog attended including Kate Hudson, Halle Berry, Maya Rudolph, Giuliana Rancic, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Reese Witherspoon and Allison Janney. The latter four were nominated for awards with Janney and Kidman walking away with the top honors for their respective categories.

New Study Blames Older Celeb Moms For Fueling Misconceptions About Fertility Later in Life

We’ve discussed this before, how celebrity women over 40 who have babies but do not disclose their fertility journey contribute to a common misconception among older average women. A lot who want to start a family but have been putting it off because of their career, not yet ready or not in a committed monogamous relationship or marriage see these older celebs popping out kids and assume it will be easy for them too.

A new piece in the Sun laments on how celebs that have children later in life to get pregnant are fueling misconceptions about the chances of becoming pregnant later in life.

The piece points out recent work by researchers at New York University  who found that more than half of celebrity pregnancies and births mentioned in the likes of Cosmopolitan, People Magazine and US Weekly were over the age of 35.

The findings were presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) congress in Texas.

ASRM president Dr Richard Paulson said: “A reluctance to show challenges is misinformation and can affect decisions.”

While Mariah Carey, Nicole Kidman and others have been quite open, some like Janet Jackson and Halle Berry who had pregnancies in their very late 40s have not.

A February Time.com article addressed how older women should be more open about their fertility.

“The likelihood of a healthy live birth without fertility treatments at age 50 is less than one in a million,” Eve Feinberg writes. “There are limits, however, to what technology can accomplish. IVF cannot completely overcome age related infertility. To date, the oldest woman to be successful with IVF using her own current eggs is 46 years old. Women who conceive with IVF beyond age 46 are either using their own eggs that were frozen at a younger age or, more likely, donor eggs.

Donor eggs are a game changer: the success is tied to the age of the age of the woman donating the egg, not the age of the woman who receives the egg. The average woman donating eggs is under 30 and national success rates are upwards of 50 percent per attempt.”

The research blames the media that reports on pregnancies of older celeb moms for not balancing their coverage with information about fertility.

Present company excluded, of course, right? (smile)

We have a running tally of over 40 celebs who gave birth over 40, but this blog frequently posts articles, news pieces and opinion features warning about the dangers of relying on celebrities to guide your family planning decisions and choices and about the challenges of getting pregnant starting in the 30s.

Our Fave Stylish Casual Celeb Weekend Looks

Celebs dress up for red carpets, premieres, and Tv appearances and on weekends, while running errands and traveling, they  get to dress down.

But because they’re always being photographed, they don’t have the luxury of looking bad even on their days off.

Case in point: Chrissy Teigen, Gisele Bundchen and Halle Berry always look fab.

This week is no different.

Teigen was chic in denim, wearing an Alexander Wang jacket and distressed cuffed Re/done jeans with a cute yellow Gucci t-shirt and matching monogram belt. The model accented her look with a cute pair of Saint Laurent shades, a Hermes purse, suede Balenciaga booties and Gold XIVKARATS hoops.

Gisele Bundchen rocked it in a rugged grey sweat shirt paired with cropped green Rosa Chá, Chanel shades, a Givenchy travel bag and a funky pair of black high tops by Golden Goose 

Berry looked fashionable in a long black and white leopard print Dolce and Gabbana over distressed grey denim jeans, black leather booties and a black blouse.

Working mamas!!

Rep: ‘Halle Berry Is Not Pregnant’

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Halle Berry is not pregnant.

In response to reports (including by this publication and others) suggesting that the almost 51-year old actress was expecting her third child, a rep for the star told Page Six on Monday that the rumor “is completely untrue. She is not pregnant.”

Dang! WTG to all of us for reading too much into that hand on the belly protective thing that most pregnant women do.

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Also, over the years, in the age of social media, it has become commonplace for celebrities to skip the traditional publicist for relaying baby  news and to announce it by rubbing one’s belly during a red carpet event.

As we have blogged before, the hand on the bump has become a universal non-verbal way of announcing  a pregnancy.

About three years ago in her late 40s, the Oscar winner welcomed a son, Maceo, with then French husband Olivier Martinez. She has an 8-year old daughter Nahla with ex beau Canadian model Gabriel Aubry.

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Ok. Our bad! Carry on.  Nothing to see here.

At 50, Halle Berry is Pregnant Again and Twitter’s Reaction Was Hilarious

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Halle Berry is going to one up Janet Jackson who gave birth to her first child, son Essia, at age 50 this year.

Photos of the almost 51-year old with a brand new baby bump at this weekend’s 16th annual Butterfly Ball seem to suggest she is pregnant with her third child.

The Oscar-winning star cupped her very large baby bump under a silver sequined dress and coat at the yearly event that  supports the education initiatives of the Chicago Academy of Sciences  and held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. 

Naturally, the Internet is hilariously wondering who the dad is given that the Monster’s Ball star had managed to keep her relationship status private since divorcing her third husband, Olivier Martinez, who is dad to her son Maceo.

Here are our fave tweets:

https://twitter.com/scandalous49/status/871522183700500480

https://twitter.com/bothsides_now/status/871515697666326528

https://twitter.com/rihweready/status/871508113333026818

Berry was previously married to baseball star David Justice and Eric Benet. She also has a 9-year old daughter Nahla with ex-beau Canadian model Gabriel Aubry

Congrats! Can’t wait to learn more!