What’s a mom supposed to look like? That’s what Kelly Oxford, author and screenwriter (who just so happens to also have a host of celebrity friends), wants to know after she was shamed for sharing a sexy pic on Instagram.
“I haven’t had a professional photo shoot in awhile,” the 40-year-old mother of three captioned a few photos of herself in a one-piece bathing suit and some unzipped jeans. “But today @ercandedeoglu told me ‘be a boy’ and then my edibles kicked in.” Although Oxford was trying to celebrate the moment, she later added an addendum to address some of the spiteful comments.
I haven’t had a professional photo shoot in awhile but today @ercandedeoglu told me “be a boy” and then my edibles kicked in. Addendum: I get so annoyed when people say, “You don’t look like a mom.” What’s a mom supposed to look like? This is a Mom.
A post shared by kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) on Mar 29, 2018 at 2:40pm PDT
“I get so annoyed when people say, ‘You don’t look like a mom.’ What’s a mom supposed to look like? This is a mom,” Oxford said in her postscript. And fellow moms couldn’t agree more.
“Apparently you’re not supposed to be attractive, cool, or interesting when you’re a mom,” one person commented. “That’s only reserved for dads.” While another became supersatirical about all of a mother’s duties. “You just happened to look gorgeous and sultry whilst worrying about the state of the world, work/life balance, the existential crisis that is raising tiny people while feeling like you are still growing yourself…and what you packed for balanced lunches,” adding “#momlife.”
It wasn’t the first time that Oxford has received negative comments having to do with the photos that she posts. Just a few days before, she shared pictures of herself in two different bikinis on the beach, giving photo credits to her children.
A post shared by kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) on Mar 26, 2018 at 8:57am PDT
This is stupid in the grand scheme of things, but when I was given this bathing suit I tried it on and got upset over my body issues. I gave it to my 16 year old. Today I stole it back and she told me how to pose like a thot and I didn’t alter what I hated.
A post shared by kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) on Mar 27, 2018 at 12:31pm PDT
Luckily, Oxford also has a ton of supporters to keep sharing the reality of her life as a recently single mother to her children. After announcing her divorce from her husband of nearly 18 years just over a year ago, Oxford hasn’t shied away from sharing the ups and downs that come from her more solitary life.
Just after posting her photo shoot pictures, Oxford took to Instagram again to share a complicated moment with followers that stems from her first solo vacation with her three children.
Oh hey, it’s me again. This is my first vacation with the kids and no dad and there have been waves of total depression and waves of total gratitude. Right now I’m feeling shitty; I’m sharing because I know a lot of you are single parents and get it and don’t want to feel alone either. Anyhow, I just woke up, came to the beach and had a coffee alone (alone, not so shockingly, is hard after having a partner for 17 years) and wanted a cigarette, after nearly 4 months of quitting, but didn’t smoke.
A post shared by kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) on Mar 30, 2018 at 7:04am PDT
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