ELLE Magazine Features Breastfeeding Cover Model

#Normalizebreastfeeding once and for all

ELLE Magazine Features Breastfeeding Cover Model


Breastfeeding in public is no biggie, yet time and again we hear stories of moms being shamed out of stores and restaurants, and of moms having their photos deleted from social media. Their crime? Feeding their babes. Yet in its June issue, Elle Australia is credited with "normalizing' breastfeeding" by featuring a cover model doing just that.

Call it a happy accident. When supermodel Nicole Trunfio was being photographed for the cover, her five-month-old son needed nursing. So she went behind the camera and did what came naturally. But rather than waiting it out, she was urged back in the limelight, and the cameras kept clicking.

“This wasn’t a contrived situation: Zion needed a feed, Nicole gave it to him, and when we saw how beautiful they looked we simply moved her onto the set,” said Elle Australia’s editor-in-chief.

For her part, like Gisele before her, Trunfio claims the cover wasn't borne out of a desire to be "controversial." She was simply a mom doing what moms do. Notwithstanding that she is wearing designer clothing, the result is a proud and beautiful moment between Trunfio and Zion.

“I’m so proud of this cover and what it stands for," said Trunfio. "I obviously don’t look like this or wear this while I am breastfeeding but this stands for all women out there, whether you breastfeed or not, we gave birth, we are women, we are mothers.”

She applauds Elle for taking the bold step in a positive direction. Unfortunately the cover is only available to subscribers, and won't be the one most of the paying public will see. The issue available on newsstands also features Zion, asleep, while mommy poses in a Prada dress.

Of course a much bolder step would have been to use the breastfeeding image as the main cover... But baby steps, people, baby steps. 

If images of women breastfeeding are all over mainstream media, then over time the act will hopefully lose its shock appeal.

As this Twitter user put it:  "#normalizebreastfeeding because if you can't handle seeing an exposed breast you should probably go back to third grade" ~ @brotherxnature

Why Does the Internet Dislike Breastfeeding?  Instagram Shuts Account Down Due to Breastfeeding Image


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What Happens When Couples Pick Each Other's Outfits

What not to wear, his and hers style

What Happens When Couples Pick Each Other's Outfits


As parents we get the glory that comes with picking out clothes for our little ones. But how many of us secretly long to lay out the day's outfit for our significant other?

If you ever 'tsked or inwardly cringed at what your partner was wearing - thinking you'd do so much better if only you could dress him (her) - this one's for you.

Couples in this set-up by Cosmo were given the chance to choose each other's outfit for the day. And the results, predictably, are Internet gold. 

Of course we all have our own ideas about what looks good on a man (woman), but the reality is, our selections would probably be fodder for What Not To Wear.

"I feel like scuba-Barbie-goes-to-the-strip-club," says one woman in the experiment. "Is this what you want for me?"

I have to admit I'm lucky. My man dresses pretty well, albeit he's gone a bit conservative over the years. Really nice jeans, and thankfully no backwards ball caps or low-slung pants. 

But I know he wouldn't say the same for me. I'll be the first to admit an intervention is needed. Yet I shudder to think of the sartorial pains he would inflict, given half the chance. 

In a heartbeat, it would be goodbye yoga pants, ciao baggy tops.

There would be heels. Reader, there would be skirts far shorter than my comfort zone would permit. There would probably even be - gasp-  florals and bright prints.

In short, it would be all-out war. But heaven forbid he ever put me in an outfit like the woman in this clip, who looks like a cross between "a Brat doll or a Kendall Jenner wannabe."

Still, I'd like to think I respect my husband far too much to ever put him in leather pants... 

Watch: 100 Years of Fashion in 100 Seconds



Actor Maggie Gyllenhaal "Too Old" for Love Interest at 37

A New Reason to Hate on Hollywood

Actor Maggie Gyllenhaal "Too Old" for Love Interest at 37


Not only is Maggie Gyllenhaal an Oscar nominee, but now she can also add 'Hollywood hag' to her resume... Grrr.

Hear that? That's the sound of my blood vessels popping after reading that Gyllenhaal was passed over for a role recently by a producer because, at 37, she was deemed too old to play the love interest of a 55 year-old lead man. 

“It was astonishing to me. It made me feel bad, and then it made feel angry, and then it made me laugh,” Gyllenhaal said in an interview with The Wrap. 

What's incredible is that this offence could - and did - happen to someone who just won a Golden Globe.

Heaven forbid, if the tables were turned and, say, Gyllenhaal's brother Jake was acting opposite a much older female lead, audiences would be the first to sneer with shouts of "Cougar!" Yet this romantic age gap remains the mainstay of Hollywood. (And Gyllenhaal is no stranger to that gap, from her "Crazy Heart" days.)

This outrageous double standard shouldn't come as a surprise hot on the heels (sorry) of Cannes, where women were reportedly turned away from the red carpet for wearing flats. So ridiculous, it hurts worse than a fresh blister. 
Indeed, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has requested a federal investigation into the “rampant discrimination” in the movie industry.

While things appear to be improving for women in other industries, Hollywood remains locked in the dark ages. Ageist, sexist...

Want to know just how bad it is? Of the 100 highest-grossing domestic movies last year, only 12 per cent featured female leads, according to a study from The San Diego State University’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. That's a three per cent drop from the same study the year before, and four per cent from that in 2002. 

And yet Gyllenhaal remains positive about the future. No thanks to you, Mr. Crowe.

“A lot of actresses are doing incredible work right now, playing real women, complicated women,” said the actress. “I don’t feel despairing at all. And I’m more looking with hope for something fascinating.”
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