Model Nicole Trunfio is causing a sensation with her cover of ELLE Australia, where she is seen breastfeeding her 4-month-old son, Zion. Editor-in-Chief Justine Cullen told US Weekly that the shot was not planned, but it happened when Zion needed to eat, and they loved the shot, so they went with it. She says:
“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. It was a completely natural moment that resulted in a powerful picture.”
Trunfio posted the photo to her Facebook page and had this to say about the powerful moment:
“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 what it’s stands for. I obviously don’t look like this or wear 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”
I personally am a big fan of #normalizebreastfeeding myself, so I think this is kind of cool! However, I don’t know that a glamour shot of breastfeeding where it does look kind of sexy is going to help normalize it – it might have the OPPOSITE effect. Because after all, breastfeeding is NOT sexual.
I am glad that Trunfio makes it a point to say “I obviously don’t [usually] look like this while I am breastfeeding…” – you know, just so if you’re not wearing full makeup and designer clothes every time you nurse your baby, you won’t feel bad. Also, you CAN keep your shirt on if you want, too. 🙂
All in all, I think this is a pretty cool thing for breastfeeding moms and babies who need to get fed when they’re hungry – what do you think?