This editorial makes us vaguely uncomfortable.
Olivia Wilde covers the September 2014 issue of Glamour magazine in Lanvin photographed by Patrick Demarchelier.
On why it feels natural to be photographed while breast-feeding Otis: “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. Breastfeeding 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] breastfeeding. And there’s usually a diaper involved.”
On whether she worried it would be hard to be a working mother: “No, because of the example of my mom. My mom is such a badass working mother. That inspired me when I was pregnant. I wasn’t going to sacrifice myself because I was becoming a mother.”
But then again, we always feel a little weird about celebrities using their newborn children in their careers, whether it’s selling their first pictures to People magazine or posing alongside them for ad campaigns. It’s one thing to be a mom and talk about how that affects you and your work. It’s another thing to, for instance, pose for a fashion magazine in thousands and thousands of dollars of high end fashion with your own newborn baby as co-star (or worse: prop).
HAVING SAID THAT,
The breastfeeding picture is poignant and beautiful. The juxtaposition of couture (and the inattention to its presentation) with the intimacy of the moment and the nakedness of the baby is lovely and even striking. Our only complaint about the picture is that they plopped them both down in that very tired editorial cliche setting: the run down diner. They should’ve done that shot on the subway.
[Photo Credit: Patrick Demarchelier for Glamour Magazine]