An Australian supermodel, breastfeeding her son, was placed on the cover of the French worldwide lifestyle magazine Elle, and the move is causing a bit of a debate – some call it unpretentiously sexy, while others think it’s unbefitting and in bad form.
Writes People.com: “Australian model Nicole Trunfio is no stranger to high-fashion magazine covers. But she’s sharing the spotlight on her latest one for Elle Australia with an industry newbie — her four-month-old son, Zion Clark. The June issue celebrates the 29-year-old’s foray into motherhood with gorgeous shots of the pair, including a subscriber cover picturing Trunfio breastfeeding, which (not surprisingly) is causing a stir on the Internet.”
Trunfio wrote on her Instagram page:
“There is nothing more powerful and beautiful than motherhood. The last thing I want to do is be controversial, so please take this for what it is, let us #normalizebreastfeeding there is nothing worse than a mother that is judged for feeding her hungry child in public. #weareonlyhuman I’m so proud of this cover and for what it’s stands for. I obviously don’t look like 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. Thank you to ELLE for being so bold and making such an encouraging, positive and healthy statement. #womenunite”
Not all see it as Trunfio does however.
Writes commenters on a related article:
As a woman, I don’t find this attractive or necessary. I do not need to see any woman’s breasts hanging out with some kid sucking on it. I don’t need it in a restaurant or a mall, on a plane or a park bench. And most certainly would not pay to take it home on the cover of a magazine. If I wanted to see some woman with a kid I can buy a parenting magazine and not a fashion one. There truly is NOTHING fashionable about this.
It’s really about pushing the limits and not about beauty. You could have put this photo on an art, or family, or ‘mommies’ magazine but not a fashion magazine. Millions of women breastfeed, but they don’t ‘need’ to have their breastfeeding photos posted for everyone to see. If I want to look at babies, then I will buy a baby magazine. Not impressed with this move at all, nor do I like it being shoved down my throat.
Elle’s editor-in-chief Justine Cullen said the shoot was simply a spontaneous moment of natural beauty.
“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,” Cullen says. “It was a completely natural moment that resulted in a powerful picture.”
According to Cullen, the diaperless little Zion also answered “nature’s call on the selection of international and local designer” clothes – relieving himself on the set’s enormously expensive dresses.
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