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Lauren Conrad Shares Son’s First Photos In People

A few years back, celebrities made a lot of money off of their babies’ first photos and magazines would pay millions for the exclusive rights. Gone are those days as more reveal first photos themselves on their social media feed without much fan fare.

I think the drop in demand has to do with decline in the magazine sales industry, in general, and also the explosive growth of digital and online media where getting free copies of “exclusive” things is really really easy to do. It no longer is a lucrative way for stars to earn money from their offspring.

But alas, though I am not sure if they were paid or not, but Lauren Conrad and her husband William Tell released their son William James‘ first photo to PEOPLE magazine.

They are featured on this week’s cover. Inside the magazine, the former star of MTV‘s The Hills  and lifestyle brand talks how she’s evolved on the idea of becoming a mom.

“In my early 20s I was open to having them or not having them. But after meeting William, I changed my mind,” she told the mag. “I knew I wanted to have a family with him. But I didn’t want to do it right away.”

She adds that her new little one has definitely changed her perspective on things though she was never really baby crazy.

“I’m crazy about Liam, but I never really got baby fever,” she adds. “We wanted to enjoy being married and to really be in the right space. We took our time, so it was something to look forward to.”

The couple welcomed their son last month.

Lauren Conrad is Babymooning and Bared Her Bump for the First Time

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not Lauren Conrad’s feet

Even though Lauren Conrad was first famously known for being a cast member of the MTV docu-series Laguna Beach and The Hills, she has since branched off to become a very popular lifestyle brand and personality on her own right, complete with her own self-named label that sells clothing, shoes, bedding and accessories.

Her Instagram page reflects a dreamy, feminine, soft and dainty aesthetic and it’s concluded that she has her own filter. So it comes as no surprise that I should be scrolling through my feed and would cast my eyes upon her perfect babymoon photo. Complete with the quintessential beach “hot dog” legs shot, but with her also revealing her bare bump for the first time.

“Babymooning and pretending my blended lemonade is a margarita,” she captioned a photo posted this week.

Conrad has remained low-key and elected not to bombard her followers and fans with a lot of pregnancy progression photos. She announced this past January 2017 that she and husband William Tell, were expecting their first child. That month, she penned a piece on her blog giving advice on things people shouldn’t say to pregnant women.

Conrad co-founded Paper Crown and has a Kohl’s line, LC by Lauren Conrad.

Check out the bump:

Babymooning and pretending my blended lemonade is a margarita ?????

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This Reality TV show alum turned Lifestyle Mogul is the Latest Expecting Laguna Beach Alum

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Lauren Conrad is the latest of alums from the MTV reality TV shows Laguna Beach and The Hills to have announce a pregnancy.

The author, blogger and lifestyle maven shared the news on Instagram that she and her husband William Tell are expecting their first child together.

“Happy New Year! I have a feeling 2017 is going to be the best year yet…” she captioned a photo of her sonogram and of course, it was quite dreamy and perfect and quite on brand with her Instagram page with 5.5M followers.

 

Happy New Year! I have a feeling 2017 is going to be the best year yet…

A photo posted by Lauren Conrad (@laurenconrad) on

Audrina Patridge welcomed her first child, daughter, Kirra Max, early in 2016 and Kristin Cavallari is well ahead of all of them, having given birth to her third child, daughter Saylor James in 2015.  She gave birth to her first child, son Camden, in August 2012 and second, Jaxon in May 2014;

Laguna Beach alum Alex Murrel gave birth to a son last July with her spouse and a month later another alum of that show about “the Real Orange County”,  named after the hit show The OC ‘s fictionalized portrayal of the posh coastal region, gave birth. Casey Reindhardt and her husband welcomed their first child, a daughter they named Kensington. Christina Schuller (nee Sinclair) welcomed her first child, son Christian Sutton, in 2014. This past September 2016,  Morgan Smith (nee Olson) welcomed her second child with her husband,  daughter, after giving birth to son Theo in 2014.

One interesting thing I noted of all these births is that they all (minus Cavallari’s first) were with their husbands, not fiances or boyfriends. Says something about how they stick to tradition.

I’ve always admired Conrad for being one of the few people to successfully parlay a reality TV show beginning into a mini empire.

She  has written a successful series of young-adult novels and oversees her successful fashion line she co-founded Paper Crown and her popular Kohl’s line, LC by Lauren Conrad.

Our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums who have done the same include Kim Kardashian West, the ultimate media and lifestyle mogul. Tamar Braxton Herbert and Evelyn Lozada have successfully leveraged their fame from reality TV to lucrative subsequent gigs, careers and other ventures. They’re not limited to marketing their online social media presence via sponsored posts or by selling digital products either, a lot of reality TV alums are doing well selling products and partnering with brick and mortar realtors! Good stuff!