Around the time I started announcing my pregnancy, Ashley Graham and Jenna Dewan also revealed they were expecting. Meanwhile, Shay Mitchell and blogger Rocky Barnes were sharing glamorous bump shot after bump shot. As someone who’s the first in their friend group to have a child, it was reassuring to see these pregnant women straight up crushing it. But these glamamom (glamazon plus mom) pics aren’t always great on the ol’ ego when your clothes stop fitting and everything hurts.
Glamamomism is a growing trend with celebrities and Instagram influencers alike. Sure, there are so many women sharing the very raw and real sides of motherhood, but for each one of them, there’s another mother sharing a snap that makes balancing career, motherhood and life in general look so easy. For reference, scope these pics of Rachel McAdams and Gisele Bundchen breastfeeding. They’re incredible both in that they depict a very real aspect of motherhood but also in that they’re exceptionally unattainable to normal women like myself. The chances of me breastfeeding in full hair and makeup while looking like a goddess are slim to none. That’s why when Graham shared a brand-new portrait of herself breastfeeding her newborn son, Isaac, it felt different.