Olivia Wilde’s Glamourous Breast-feeding Photo Shoot
By now, you’ve probably seen the very glamorous and much publicized picture of Olivia Wilde with her 3-month-old baby son, Otis, in a diner. Except this is no ordinary picture. It is a staged photo for Glamour magazine and photographed by Patrick Demarchelier. Olivia is wearing a Roberto Cavalli dress (my guess is that the dress doesn’t have a detachable strap for easy feedings), Yossi Harari earrings, Prada shoes and scarf (probably not for post-feed spit-ups), and a massive Lanvin ring. Her hair is perfectly coiffed in elegant finger waves and her makeup is flawless. She looks stunning. And, oh yeah, Otis is at her very exposed right breast and feeding away au naturel — meaning — he’s not wearing a diaper. (Are diapers out for the fall season?) Olivia is the picture of a new mother, looking admirably at her baby feeding below. She is not, however, a picture of what I looked like a mere seven months ago while I was holding my then-3-month-old.
Just what is Glamour trying to sell here? Fall fashion, no doubt, but what’s the bigger picture? A totally ordinary act of motherhood in an ordinary diner juxtaposed by a very unordinary ensemble? A celebrities-are-just-like-us moment (but not really?)? Even Olivia doesn’t completely buy it: “Being shot with Otis is so perfect because any portrait of me right now isn’t complete without my identity as a mother being a part of that. Breast-feeding is the most natural thing. I don’t know, now it feels like Otis should always be on my breast. It felt like we were capturing that multifaceted woman we’ve been discussing — that we know we can be. You can be someone who is at once maternal and professional and sexy and self-possessed. [But] I mean, I certainly don’t really look like that when I’m [typically] breast-feeding. And there’s usually a diaper involved.” Now there’s a celebrities-are-just-like-us moment I can stand by.
This Glamour feature story on Olivia Wilde not-so-coincidentally hits stands during World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-7). Want to weigh in your thoughts about this photo shoot? Comment below or join the discussion on our Facebook page.
Lauren Isaacs, mom of one and digital media specialist for Carolina Parent and CarolinaParent.com, writes about everything that’s popular in modern motherhood. She also writes the Carolina Parent “Your Style” column.