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Monica Brown is Our 2018 Posh Style Mom Icon!

It’s been a minute since we proclaimed a celebrity mom as a fashion style icon. After stalking Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum singer Monica Brown’s Instagram page and various presses sightings of the fabulous singer, the editors at Bellyitch have determined that the mom to stylish three is deserving to be our 2018 honoree!

For those unfamiliar, this recognition is given to a celebrity mom, usually one who has more than one child, who also has displayed effortless style, not necessarily created by a stylist, who inspires others and Monica is it!

We love the R&B recording artist’s  Instagram posts which are reminiscent of what you’d  see on any “it” Fashion Grammer or Style Blogger’s feed.

Monica’s fashion aesthetic consists of lots of bold colors, thigh high boots and chic dusters. She isn’t afraid to switch up her hair color from crimson, to pitch black to platinum. The mom of three, including 4-year old daughter Laiyah, 9-year old son Romelo and 12-year son Rocko,  has worn down her hair bone straight, in a croute pixie cut or intertwined in waist-length faux locs.

Her page is bright and totally themed out, similar to other influencers out there! See it HERE!

Ms. Brown can do no wrong in our book. The Atlanta-based philanthropist is married to NBA player Shannon Brown since 2010 when the two wed in a secret ceremony. Monica is also step mom to Shannon’s son Shannon Brown, Jr. from a previous relationship. Laiyah is the couple’s only child together as Rocko and Romelo’s dad is Monica’s ex, actor and rapper Rodney Hill, Jr also known as Rocko

The last time we named someone this honor was 2017 and it was given to philanthropist and end ex model Helen Lasichanh, Pharrell’s wife. Before her, the honor was given to Kourtney Kardashian in 2015. Before her, in 2014, Jennifer Hudson, who was the fourth mom to a single child to get the award. Before her, P!nk got it in 2012. And former First Lady Michelle Obama was dubbed an icon in 2011. Other designees include, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly RipaVictoria BeckhamTichina Arnold and  Christina Milian.

Here is a quick rundown of some of ourm fave looks Monica has rocked over the years as shared in her super fly Insta!

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The Garden…..

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Every step you take I’m taking with you ……

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Monica Denise Brown➕

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I still go up for you every night 🖤

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Wherever you go , make sure your happy follows 🖤

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❤️M.B.❤️

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Let Love lead you ❤️

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Street Symphony 🖤

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Still Standing …..

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Today was a good day ……

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We Can’t Believe How Big These Kids of Celebs Have Gotten!

You know you’re getting older when you see some your kids’ friends on Facebook and social media celebrating a birthday and you think, “my where has the time gone?” or “boy have those kids gotten big!

I think the same can be said of a few of the celeb parents we’ve followed when they first had children compared to now.

There’s Chris Tucker and his son Destin is 19 and is a spitting image of his famous comedian dad.

Demi Moore and her three daughters are are now 23 (Tallulah), 25 (Scout) and 28 (Rumer)! wow!

Kobi Bryant’s daughters are 14 (Natalia), 11, (Gianna) and 8 months (baby Bianka), seen with mom Vanessa.

Madonna‘s son David is and daughter Mercy are both now 11-years old.

Mel B stepped out with her daughters 10-year old Angel and 5-year old Madison earlier in the Spring and I didn’t realize they had grown so much.

Russell Simmons‘ daughters, almost 15-year old Aoki and 17-year old Ming stepped out at a charity event looking so adult as they did with their mom and half brothers 8-year old Kenzo (with Djimon Honsou) and 2-year old Wolfe Lee (with hubby Tim Leissner)

Kelly Ripa has a 19-year old!! Her son Michaeal and also a 15-year-old daughter Lola, and 13-year-old son Joaquin with hubby Mark Consuelos.

Nia Long  took her 16-year old son  Massai Zhivago Dorsey II on a humanitarian trip to Africa. Look how much taller he is than she is!

Reese Witherspoon’s kids with Ryan Phillipe , Ava are 14 and 17 -year old, respectively.

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s son Trey (with Will’s ex Sheree Zampani) is 24!

Down to the younger ones who have grown up is Tia Mowry whose son Cree is now 6.

Finally, Jennifer Hudson’s son David Otunga, Jr. is almost 8-years old. His birthday is today! Happy Birthday, David Jr!

 

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Pharrell’s Wife Helen Lasichanh is Our 10th Posh Mom Style Icon

We first declared Pharrell Williams and wife Helen Lasichanh the stylish celebrity couple back in March 2014 because of their fab eclectic and fashionable uniqueness. They show up on Red Carpet with all sorts of fabulousity in unexpected mix of patterns, lengths, materials and fabrics. Somehow, it all seemed to work and create delightful and intriguing wonderfulness.

Now that Lasichanh has welcomed her triplets earlier this year, she is now a mom of four, including her and Williams’ 8-year old son Rocket. So…this means she officially qualifies for one of our elusive Fashion Posh Mom Icon Awards.

We were one of the very first, if not the first, online outlet to create an award recognizing stylish moms. Since launching it in 2009, other more established media and global fashion entities have launched and given out their own Style Icon awards, albeit with a lot more fanfare and celebrities…oh and an actual award event. ha!

Our honor is not given out often neither liberally. We usually like to bestow it upon a mom who has more than one child because to be stylish while balancing being mom to a small brood takes skill! And we like to give it to a mother who has a personal style that is effortless and looks like she, and not her stylist team, put her looks together.

 That means, the paparazzi would not catch her out there looking busted.

Also, Lasichanh, who has Laotian and Ethiopian heritage, used to be a model and currently designs clothes so we’re going to go on a limb and presume that she outfits herself also, most stylist wouldn’t be so bold to combine some of the pieces that Lasichanh puts together because they are bold to the extreme. They usually stick with safe.

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 The last time we named someone this honor was 2015 and it was given to Kourtney Kardashian. Before her, in 2014, Jennifer Hudson, who was the fourth mom to a single child to get the award. Before her, P!nk got it in 2012. And former First Lady Michelle Obama was dubbed an icon in 2011. Other designees include, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly RipaVictoria BeckhamTichina Arnold and  Christina Milian.
We also have never given it to a woman who is more famous for being a spouse of a very well-known celebrity than a celebrity in her own right but Lasichanh’s fashion IQ is so up there that she deserves it! I mean Beyonce, Gwen Stefani and Kim Kardashian haven’t won one yet! (smile)

Lasichanh married her husband in 2013 in Miami, Florida in an intimate star-studded event attended by Jay Z, Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake and featured Usher and Buster Rhymes as musical performers.

Helen Lasichanh is our 2017 Posh Mom Style Icon! Congrats girl!!

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ICYMI: Watch Jennifer Hudson Take Us to Church in Hairspray Live!

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In case you missed it, our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Jennifer Hudson brought the house down (and some say saved) the NBC’s live musical Hairspray Live that aired this week, on Wednesday, December 7.

The actress played Motormouth Maybelle and did justice to one of the most powerful numbers, I Know Where I’ve Been which required pipes! Of course the Academy Award-winning actress could pull it off. After all, she won her Oscar in a role in a Dreamgirls remake that featured the mom to one taking audiences to church.

The musical takes place in 1960s Baltimore and focuses on the Civil Rights Movement, and in context, the song  Hudson belted out gave some extra significance to the lyrics.

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Inside Ciara and Russell Wilson’s Lavish Liverpool Wedding

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R&B singer and model Ciara got hitched to Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson Wednesday at a the Peckforton Castle in Liverpool, outside London, in the U.K.  at a lavish ceremony at in front of family and friends. The collage above features photos of the venue from its official website to give you a sense of the accommodations and space.

The couple hosted a rehearsal dinner for about 100 guests Tuesday night at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool, and thanks them all for attending, E! News reported.

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The bride wore a stunning custom Roberto Cavalli gown created by the luxury brand’s creative director Peter Dundas, TMZ reports. Guests reportedly were told to not bring their smartphones and mobile devices to the wedding or reception. The happy couple wanted to be the first to reveal that what many thought was a dress rehearsal was actually a surprise wedding. The couple managed to keep everything under wraps until Wilson and Ciara posted the first pics on their respective Instagram pages. “We are The Wilsons! the “Like a Boy” singer captioned her version of the photo, and Russell did too.
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Ciara has a son Future Zahir with her ex fiance hip hop recording artist Future. The two are engaged in legal custody battle, subliminal social media shading and a $15 million defamation lawsuit. Several of our bumpwatch alums attended including Kelly Rowland, and Jennifer Hudson; who were among many other celebs like LaLa Anthony. Kelly and LaLa were among the bridesmaids, reportedly, and wore individual, non-matching,  black gowns designed by Christian Siriano.  

 

Sketches of Ciara’s Bridesmaids’ custom Michael Costello gowns. #TheWilsons #Ciara

 

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Hudson wore a peach Christian Siriano dress with a mini cape at the trim with her hair in finger waves. She was accompanied by her fiance David Otunga and their son David Jr.

 

Oh look at here , I lucked out with two dates today ! Lucky girl ! @davidotunga

 

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Congrats to them and peach and blessings for a long marrieage.

Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson Slay during 2016 BET Awards Performances



The BET Awards went down tonight at the Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016  and it opened with Queen Bey performing her hit song with rapper Kendrick LamarFreedom”  off of her latest album “Lemonade”.  The receipts are in and the verdict is….Beyonce slayed up and down the wet and drenched stage.

 

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Watch in case you missed it, watch it HERE! Later, among several tributes that night, another one of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums, Jennifer Hudson took the stage outfitted in a white hooded mini-dress tribute to Prince‘s 2005 American Music Awards look. She followed up Tori Kelly and Stevie Wonder’s wonderful tribute  of “Take me With You” with her own amazing rendition of his soulful “Purple Rain.”



Watch that performance here!

Another blog fave Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the night’s celebration with her co-host from her ABC broadcast network hit show Black’ish, Anthony Anderson. 

Later, mama Knowles appeared to accept her daughter’s Video of the Year Award.

Great work, everyone!

Eva Mendes Adds ‘Sexy Mom’ Flavor to Her NY&CO Collection

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Eva Mendes has been designing clothes for her New York & Company line for several seasons now, but one recent major life event has since shifted her perspective on what women want to wear: becoming a mother.

E! News caught up with proud new mama to baby Esmeralda and chatted with Mendes about much her new September collection means to her.

“I think that being a mom now myself, I love dressing…not so much like a mom but there is a sexiness in kind of giving into the mom thing and that I’m dressing as an example for a little girl. Like, I’m someone’s example!”

The brunette beauty added, “That’s exciting for me and I make clothes that I think are really beautiful for moms, for all women, but certainly for moms.”

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Surrounding by her fall collection at a TODAY show promo – Instagram

And when asked how she feels about seeing more diversity on the runways at fashion weeks across the globe, Mendes dished, “I don’t think it’s one or the other. I think as long as there is diversity and everyone is represented, that’s pretty rad.”

During her recent interview with Glam Belleza Latina‘s 2015 Fall issue, Mendes shared that she loves getting feedback from her customers and women on social media about her New York & Company collection and her CIRCA Beauty line.

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In fact, many have wondered if it’s really her taking the time out to respond to the many comments on her Instagram, to which she answered, “That is 100 percent me. It actually breaks my heart when I can’t respond. I love connecting with women; it’s fun for me.”

That Mendes is a real girls’ girl!

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Eva Mendes’ collection works with pregnant women too – Instagram/EvaMendes

 

And even Jennifer Hudson wears it!

 

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10 NEW 2014 Songs and VIDEOS from Bellyitch Alums

My latest jam is Gwen Stefani‘s new single “Baby Don’t Lie” and so are some of these brand new and relatively new songs and videos our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums have dropped this year. These are some of the hardest ladies moms in the industry. Check em out!

Alicia Keys‘ inspirational song “We are Here” was released last month complete with a hashtag campaign.

Fergie‘s new song “L.A. Love “ is hot and catchy though there is no video for it yet.

Tamar Braxton Herbert recently collaborated with hip hop crooner Future on her latest “Let me Know” and released the audio for it on her YouTube account earlier this month.





Hillary Scott and Lady Antebellum‘s latest “I Did With You”

It’s a bit old now, but 5 months ago, 2nd time mom to be Shakira released the video for her World Cup Soccer song, “La La La”

Mom-to-be Carrie Underwood just released her latest single “Something in the Water”. No video yet, but take a listen to the audio.

This Summer, Jennifer Hudson dropped the popping song, “Walk it out” and released its video

This Spring, Lily Allen shared the video for her song “Sheezus”









Erica Campbell of Mary Mary‘s video for her single “Help” came out this winter in February, but I’m squeezing it in here anyway to represent pop gospel!! ha!

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Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson headline Concert for Valor [LIVE! VIDEO STREAM LINK!]

Going on NOW! Tune in to HBO to peep two of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch moms Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood perform during the first of its kind Concert for Valor to honor US Veterans for Veterans Day today going down at the National Mall.

Other performers include Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, Metallica , the Zac Brown Brand, The Black Keys and more.

Or if you don’t have HBO you can Watch it LIVE on the event’s website HERE: 

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Jennifer Hudson and Kim Kardashian Fashion Showdown

It’s quite easy for stars to wear the same dresses given that designers make available to stylists the same spectrum of options. Our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Hudson have been captured often in the same outfit within days of one another over the years.

Per the above photo: in April 2011, in an Alexander McQueen epaulet top; last October 2013, in a Donna Karan Draped Plunging-Neck Dress; in March 2013, in a Donna Karan Metallic Foldover Stretch Pencil Skirt;and again in 2011 again, in Herve Leger by Max Azria.

Each outfit would set someone back over $1,000 each, but we’ve hand picked low budget options that cost under $50 each for the same look! Check it out:

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