The Independent explores the shift in celebrity pregnancy coverage being more authentic and real about the trials of pregnancy, labor, delivery and early motherhood and credits social media for it
Years ago, a pregnant starlet might drop out of the spotlight for a while – only to reemerge in a magazine looking well-rested and snuggling with an angelic infant.
See various People magazine covers: Jennifer Lopez in 2008, resplendent in a floor-length gown with an infant nestled in each arm, above the headline “TWIN BLISS!”; Angelina Jolie in 2006, gazing adoringly at Brad Pitt, as baby Shiloh snoozes away; Julia Roberts, looking dewy and fresh-faced in 2005 as she cradles her twins.
Now fans are starting to see a different side of postpartum celebrities: Model Chrissy Teigen shares an Instagram story that features her stretch marks and confesses that she’s “super insecure” about her body; actress Olivia Wilde posts an Instagram photo of her messy bun with the caption, “I call this hairstyle, ‘keep the kid alive’ “; tennis legend Serena Williams tweets about balancing work and her daughter: “She took her first steps . . . I was training and missed it. I cried.”
The common denominator in all those examples, naturally, is social media. The advent of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat made stars realize that they could connect with the public on a deeper level about personal subjects – and that fans appreciated honesty about the less-than-glamorous aspects of their #blessed lives.
“Social media has been such a game changer. . . . Celebrities are speaking directly to the fan base. Once they started doing that, things just got a lot more real,” said Kate Coyne, executive editor of People magazine. “One evolution of that concept has been celebrities sharing the realities of pregnancy, infertility, child-rearing, infancy, toddlerhood. It goes hand in hand with what social media is all about.”
Lately, celebrities have also been spilling details about serious medical issues surrounding childbirth. In January, Williams told Vogue that she had a potentially fatal complication during labor, including blood clots in her lungs.
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Congrats to our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Cynthia Nixon on winning her second Tony award tonight for the Best Featured Actress in a Play her role in “The Little Foxes.”
The Sex and The City alum stunned earlier in the evening on the red carpet at the event held at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall in a custom pink Rosie Assoulin dress, Fred Leighton jewels, Paul Andrews heels and Fiona Akotur clutch.
We love Chrissy Teigen‘s white with gold trim Pamella Rowland dress.
Olivia Wilde and Scarlett Johansson rocked in Michael Kors while Anna Kendrick looked amazing in MiuMiu and Uma Thurman presented in a black collared shirt and full skirt with Leighton cross necklace and jewels.
Congratulations to actors Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis on the birth of their second child together, daughter Daisy Josephine, on a day dedicated to celebrating the empowerment and education of girls worldwide.
“There goes the neighborhood. Daisy Josephine Sudeikis,” Wilde announced alongside the adorable first photo of her baby girl. “Born, like a boss, on #internationaldayofthegirl.”
Josephine is also welcomed by his big brother 2-year old Otis who Wilde posted a photo of herself with two weeks ago on a boat in a throwback Thursday post.
Olivia Wilde is not really feeling all of the paparazzi that stalk her daily life these days, especially now that she is heavily pregnant with her second baby with fiance, actor Jason Sudeikis.
She posted a photo this weekend of herself sitting on a part bench while out and about.
“Death stare sent this weirdo photog with a giant nat geo lens (ya know, the kind you use to snap wild animals who would kill you if you got too close) scurrying backwards into the park bush he was literally, and I do mean literally, stalking me from,” she captioned a photo of herself posted on Instagram. “Wtffffffff. When you see pics of people looking angry it’s because they’re reacting normally to an extremely abnormal situation. I’m posting this so people understand that this ? face is how it feels to be followed by strange men (sorry but it’s almost never a woman) who climb trees to snap pics of pregnant ladies. Not cool.#mamawolfwillcutyou #robocop
Death stare sent this weirdo photog with a giant nat geo lens (ya know, the kind you use to snap wild animals who would kill you if you got too close) scurrying backwards into the park bush he was literally, and I do mean literally, stalking me from. Wtffffffff. When you see pics of people looking angry it’s because they’re reacting normally to an extremely abnormal situation. I’m posting this so people understand that this ? face is how it feels to be followed by strange men (sorry but it’s almost never a woman) who climb trees to snap pics of pregnant ladies. Not cool. #mamawolfwillcutyou #robocop
Get the look!
Weekends are for casual wear and if you are a expecting celebrity, you can expect the papps to be there to capture every moment. And so it was for these four actresses who were featured in the media recently:
Olivia Wilde was looking super cute in overalls accessorized with a choker and cute leather tote bag in Hollywood. (In Style)
Teresa Palmer went with an off the shoulder Bohemian dress and sandals. (Daily Mail)
Natalie Portman opted for a floral top over comfy denim deans and sandals (In Style )
Katherine Heigl did a grey v-neck tea with cropped yoga pants (In Style)
Here is another celebrity embracing the make-up free trend: 2nd time mom-to-be Olivia Wilde. The star glowed in a photo she posted on her Instagram this weekend.
“What to do when you look like Homer Simpson ate Little Miss Sunshine? Chill the f out. They’re both heroes.” the Cowboys & Aliens star captioned the photo of herself in a pretty feminine vintage yellow dress with an empire bodice.
She also plugged the venue where she scored her unique Victorian dress. “[G]o to the @bkflea and score a dress from 1974, when apparently someone stretched out the middle part juuuuust the way you need it. #oldisthenewnew #vintage”
Tonight, we’ve reached a tipping point in America as several Dallas police officers were killed during a rally to protest recent police shootings. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of those men and women who put their lives at risk daily to protect and serve.
Here is a rundown of what sparked the rally followed by solidarity messages from celeb women we’ve featured on the blog:
Within 48 hours, two black men in “concealed weapon license to carry” states exercising their rights to have guns in their pockets were nonetheless shot and killed by police officers. Both killings, one execution style and the other in front of a 4-year old child during a routine traffic stop, has sparked outrage.
Alton Sterling was selling CDs outside of a grocery store in a high crime neighborhood and exercising his Second Amendment rights as an American, carried a weapon to protect himself. Someone reported to the police that Sterling had it out waving at people and after scuffle with the officers who arrived at the scene and eventually took Sterling down, another took out his revolver and emptied a couple of rounds into Sterling’s body before falling off the man’s chest and shooting a few more shots. The store owner and another eyewitness filmed the shootings on their smartphones and circulated it on social media. The outrage has been swift.
That same night, another man, Philando Castile, was driving with his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her 4-year old daughter in the backseat when he was pulled over for a busted tail light. Diamond turned on her Facebook Live and shared the incident as it happened with her followers on the social media site. The world was witness to the moments immediately after one officer shot him as he reached into his pocket to pull out his driver’s license as asked to do so by the officer, per Reynold’s account. The officer can be overheard on the video saying “ignorance”.
As with other past police killings of unarmed black men and boys, many parents have been shaken by the incident especially parents of young black boys. In social media, many have expressed fear that when their children grow up, they will be seen as menacing threats simply for being in the skin they were born in and could be the next hashtag.
I know personally, I’ve talked to my kids again as my husband and I do periodically throughout their lives to make sure they are aware what they need to do to escape a possible police encounter alive. My father in law is a retired veteran police detective and my husband’s uncle was a police officer. We fear for the lives of blue and believe Blue Lives Matter as well, but at the same time, we are frightened by the pattern of brutality among some officers.
We checked in on several of the celeb moms we’ve profiled on the blog before and noticed that some of them spoke out about the shootings in social media.
Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Kristen Bell, Olivia Wilde, Kelly Clarkson, Kelly Rowland, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tia Mowry, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Tamar Braxton, Ellen Pompeo, busy Philipps,Eva Marcille, Phaedra Parks, Rasheeda, Yandy Smith,Toni Braxton, FAntasia, Brandy all shared posts and Kim Kardashian West and Vanessa Simmons rt’d others.
Here is a roundup of their shares, excluding Monica Brown’s who posted an excerpt of Reynold’s graphic video:
Click the link in my bio to go to Beyonce.com. Turn our anger into action. A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on
Praying for a more peaceful world for our children and our children’s children. ?? A photo posted by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on
We are all equal in the fact that we are all different. We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same. We are united by the reality that all colours and all cultures are distinct & individual. We are harmonious in the reality that we are all held to this earth by the same gravity. – C. JoyBell C. We must fix this… Racial injustice is not ok. #altonsterling #philandoCastile A photo posted by tameramowrytwo (@tameramowrytwo) on
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A photo posted by kellyrowland (@kellyrowland) on
ENOUGH already!!!! When does this nightmare end? #philandocastile #BlackLivesMatter #PoliceBrutality A photo posted by PHAEDRA (@phaedraparks) on
— Jaime King (@Jaime_King) July 7, 2016
A photo posted by Fantasia? (@tasiasword) on
You are probably going to see this picture a lot today. I hope you do. Baton Rouge cops killed 37 year old #AltonSterling, father of 5, in front of a store where he was selling CDs. The owner of the store told @nydailynews that he openly allowed #altonsterling to sell his CDs in front of his store. #AltonSterling was the 154th black person killed by police this year(to date) Hands behind his back. Shot 5 times. There is a video. I don’t know what can be done but something needs to be. We are better than this. #altonsterling
A photo posted by Busy Philipps (@busyphilipps) on
This. Is. Cray….. At some point we gotta STAND together? A photo posted by Taytay❤️ (@tamarbraxton) on
It is truly tragic when a vicious few turn a peaceful protest into a bloodbath. Horrific and sad. #nomoreviolence
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) July 8, 2016
Accountability is key. This is way past ridiculous. This is scary, & real, & it’s murder either way you look at it. https://t.co/TYTQnffr8q
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) July 7, 2016
“Even with videotaped evidence of police destroying black people, many freedom-living Americans unconvinced of a systematic problem” #RIPAltonSterling #RIPPhilandoCastile I am Truly heartbroken ? As a mother of 2 young growing black men, I am devastated! This has to stop!
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A photo posted by Eva Marcille (@evamarcille) on
#philandocastile A photo posted by Rasheeda (@rasheedadabosschick) on
And this is our reality…… A photo posted by Rasheeda (@rasheedadabosschick) on
So I was advise to take my last two post down and edit my comment to protect my family that is behind the cement walls. I will not take my post down but I will edit my comment. Let’s stick together people. Rise above together. ✊? #Repost @tamikadmallory with @repostapp ・・・ #Repost @angelo_pinto_ ・・・ “I just want to thank them for being here, for teaching me to focus on comprehension over career, and that they made sure I learned what the schools were AFRAID to teach us.” – Jessie Williams (2016 BET Awards Humanitarian Award Speech) #woke #independenceday #altonsterling #blacklivesmatter #policebrutality #spilledink #axwell #meditation #skrillex #afrojack #tiesto #davidguetta #asap #blvck #beentrill #muse #ootd #jamaica #PerformanceArt #hypebeast #rastafari #unity #rasta #wutang #philly #afropunk #philadelphia
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This is the week of baby number 2 announcements! This time, the House and SNL alums are also expecting their second child.
Wilde posted a photo of herself with her ridiculously gorgeous son, Otis Alexander in bed exposing their bellies.
“Matching baby bumps,”she captioned the photo.
Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds also announcer they too are expecting their respective second kid.
Add Megan Fox and Brian Austin Greene‘s surprise baby #3 news and it’s a big beautiful celebrity pregnancy announcement week indeed!
We are rounding off the end to a National Dog Day but we wanted to make sure we highlight some of our fave Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums and other celeb features from the past, pictured with their fuzzy four-legged pawed friends.
They include above, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Hayden Panettiere, Kim Kardahsian, Jessica Simpson, Mariah Carey and Victoria Beckham with their doggy pals.
Dog Owners Dennis Richards, Halle Berry, Bethenny Frankel with Cookie and Nicole Richie.
Dog Fans Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Penelope Cruz, Jessica Biel, Hoda and Kathie Lee Gifford.