Bethenny Frankel Poses in 4-Year-Old Daughter's PJs (and the Internet Reacts Big Time)

07/14/2014 at 11:28 AM ET

Matching mother-and-daughter outfits happen a lot in Hollywood. Kim and Kris. Beyoncé and Blue. But Bethenny Frankel, 43, has gone one step further. The star showed off some eyebrow-raising sleepwear on Instagram Sunday, wearing her 4-year-old daughter Bryn’s Hello Kitty pajamas.

Bethenny Frankel poses in daughter's clothesCourtesy Bethenny Frankel

“This is my daughter’s nightgown and PJ shorts. Think we’re ready to start sharing clothes yet?” she captioned the shot, which highlights her slim physique in an itty-bitty T-shirt, boy shorts and fuzzy slippers.

Many commenters definitely did not seem to advocate Frankel’s wardrobe-sharing proposition, and slammed the Skinny Girl mogul and former talk show host for suggesting she’d swap clothes with a preschooler.

“Wow, way to go, you just destroyed the last 50 years of women who are struggling with body issues, get help!” declared one poster.

“This is sickening. You’re an attention seeker and you’re doing it at your daughters expense,” wrote another.

Yet the former Real Housewives reality star, who recently settled a custody dispute with estranged husband Jason Hoppy, is taking the criticism in stride, posting a response to the rage on Twitter.

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“BREAKING NEWS! World Scandal: Former reality star, failed talk show host & cocktail maven jokes by wearing her kids’ pjs! ‪#itcantbetrue,” she wrote Monday morning.

“When ur 4 year old peanut says ‘mommy please put my dress on’ & giggles uncontrollably, u do what ur told,” Frankel added in response to a fan who Tweeted a message of support.

Will Frozen princess ensembles be next? Time will tell. What do you think of Frankel’s controversial photo? Does it send a bad message or is it completely harmless?

–Kathy Ehrich Dowd

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Jess on

And did your daughter tell you to blast it on social media? No? didn’t think so, egomaniac!!!

dancer92136 on

Harmless? A 42 year old woman should not be able to fit in a 4T…period. It isn’t something to be proud of. It is actually kind of sick. Anorexia is a problem for many, and glamorizing this is not going to help.

Robyn on

Oh my goodness, stop with the hate!! She is strong and fit.. Just being silly!

Heather A. on

Maybe, just maybe she was trying to be silly and have some fun with her daughter. She probably shared it with everyone to show that she has a fun side since everyone critiques every move she makes. I honestly like her and wish I had a little bit of her tell it like it is attitude. It’s better than letting people walk all over you and it seems to work well for her, look at her success. She’s living better than most of us

ellys on

Just leave her alone..its not a big thing you all overreacted…im not her fan but tats her body..everybody just need to mind own business and take care own body

Jen DC on

Oh, you’ve never put on a silly face or costume to please your kids? Have a whole row of seats.

As far as body image: Um, well, she has (had?) a company called “Skinny Girl.” Guess what?! SHE’S SKINNY! It’s what she’s always promoted. Don’t like it? Don’t look.

Deeda on

She was CLEARLY being comical. Maybe she should have kept this a private joke, but she is a public figure who sometimes does silly things and shares them with her followers. Why criticize when you elected to follow her every publicized move. Get a grip or simply unfollow her. Peace!

DeDe on

This is hilarious!
So Bethany is 5”7, 43 years old and I would guess weighs maybe around 115-120 lbs.
Average height and weight of a 4 yr girl is around 40 lbs and just over 3 ft tall.
We know Bethany has self/body image issues, struggles with anorexia/dieting (both well publicized)
I truly feel bad for her, that she felt the need to post a picture of herself wearing children’s clothing. I don’t care that her daughter suggested her to put on her clothes (really?) but I am pretty sure her daughter had not wanted her to post a pic for the public to see her wearing her pajamas) on Instagram.
Of course, this also supports her Skinny Girl mantra and company. It wasn’t like she called it Fit & healthy Girl but rather chose using the word ‘skinny’.
For those young girls, young ladies and women out there who idolize her, this pic was perfect and perhaps is also brought about some added revenue.

Kesha on

It’s not that serious people or so dramatic lol!!

Robyn on

Well, with the size of kids these days and the manufacturers catering to childhood obesity a 4T is actually a woman’s size 4.. I have normal sized children and it is ridiculous how big clothes are!

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