a response to The Knotty Bride re: Kate Middleton’s boobs

Roald Dahl quote

Well, it would appear that replying to other bloggers via my own blog is becoming something of a habit of mine…

Most (if not all) of you probably know the blog The Knotty Bride and are familiar with not only the gorgeous wedding inspiration on that site, but also Alison,  (and her adorable sidekick Bambino). Now, I usually read her writing with a grin on my face and a chuckle on my lips because it’s always quite good, but today she wrote something that made me cringe.

You should read the whole thing here, but to summarize, she says that while it is awful that these pictures of Kate Middleton are out and about, she is glad that they are, because they make her feel better about her own natural endowments and the message she wants to pass down to future generations to celebrate their own natural beauty.

This miffed me.

Here’s why:

“Hey Alison,

I read your blog and enjoy your writing and lovely wedding inspiration, but I have to say I cringed that you said that you were glad that Kate’s pictures were out in the public because they made you feel better about yourself. I agree with your message – that us ladies should celebrate what we’ve got, but whether to or not to show them to the world is a personal choice we should each be allowed to make, Kate Middleton included. She didn’t want her boobs shown to the world, and I am sure the violation she’s feeling right now is extreme, otherwise she and her family wouldn’t be going to such lengths to get the images removed.

I guess it just came as a surprise to me that someone like you who reaches so many female viewers/readers and is waving the natural beauty banner would be glad that something like that happened to someone else because it made you feel better about the way you look. When something like this happens to another woman who didn’t want it, I don’t want my someday future daughter to think ‘yay! my boobs look like hers!’ – I want her to be one of the ones who is confident enough in herself already to not have to google and gawk at pictures of a girl who didn’t want or ask for this.”

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  1. Very well said love.

  2. I agree with you. I have not sought out the pictures, and nor do I buy any gossipy celeb magazines. I don’t think it’s different because she’s royalty – I think none of these people are treated fairly by the media (or, really, by the general public who are buying the media’s products). This hit me a few years ago, when I read that Robbie Williams had been ‘Spotted!’ buying a coffee. And I suddenly thought, you know what? The guy can sing, but really, him buying a coffee is not news. And it made me realise I would HATE it if my every move were tracked like that.

    So I don’t support any publication publishing pictures like these of any famous people.*

    *Quick caveat: if someone is caught doing something that shows them compromising their position, that’s different. So if the chancellor is caught fiddling his taxes, it’s a public interest story. If a page 3 girls claims her boobs are natural, but they are fake, then that’s a genuine story. Coleen Rooney or the Duchess of Cornwall sunbathing? Not a story.

  3. (Fyi she’s the Dutchess of Cambridge – Cornwall is Camilla!)
    I agree too Sara. I think its been particularly upsetting for us in the UK. I know it sounds crazy and kinda weird but we love Kate… she’s done so much to raise the popularity of the royals, and the young royals in particular. Its made many people angry that press in other countries would, in a way, violate her privacy like that. She’s not a ‘celebrity’ & she didnt ask to be in the public eye, she just fell in love with the future king of England.

  4. Thanks for the back up ladies – I felt pretty confident that I wasn’t the only one feeling this way! xx

  5. How did I just come across this post now, but well said Sara for speaking out about what you felt was right. It’s sad that we live in a world where paparazzi goes to great lengths to get photos of very popular individuals and when Kate’s vacation photos leaked I felt for her and at the end of the day we shouldn’t be comparing ourselves to anyone else (as much as that’s hard to do sometimes), but look to loving ourselves first.