I’m sure you’ve seen the story by now. Bugaboo strollers posted this pic of a bikini clad model mom pushing one of their strollers. Comments have ranged from her poor parenting skills due to a lack of child supplies to scorn over her attire to arguing it sets an unrealistic standard for mothers. I am honestly surprised at the level of controversy this is image has spawned. So here is my opinion.
1. Let’s not judge. For all we know her baby goods are in the basket underneath and we just can’t see them or she’s not planning on being out long. If I have just changed and fed my children and I’m not planning on being out long, I might keep my load light as well.
2. Mothers come in all shapes and sizes. Yes, most mothers get rolls and stretch marks that are permanent fixtures on our bodies. Most of us don’t have the time nor energy to squeeze in a workout. That doesn’t give us the right to judge or criticize those who do. Quite some time ago a mom with a loose belly and stretch marks was ridiculed for wearing a bikini. Skinny shaming is just as bad as fat shaming.
3. As long as she isn’t offending anyone, she can wear what she wants. Recently there has been tons of drama over a blurb in O mag saying that only women with flat stomachs should wear crop tops. There was so much outrage from the plus community about being told what was “appropriate to wear.” If we don’t want that done to us, why are we doing to others. I have to admit it is a little odd that she is running with her kid wearing a bikini. I think the average woman, even in excellent shape, would likely choose more appropriate attire. I am going to go out on a limb here and say she has a thigh gap because the chaffing alone would nix this look for me. However, she is a model. Just like Stephanie Seymour and her controversy, they lead different lives and I’m sure she is just as comfortable trouncing around in her bikini as she is in sweats.
What do you think?