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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Malou on

Who cares…get over it people….

heather on

I think people just wait for her to do something that leaves the door open for criticism and then they attack like there’s no tomorrow. I love how everyone thinks they have the right to judge someone else. I can’t judge Bethany. I’m pretty sure she was just joking around though.

guest2 on

Come on. She’s only joking around. Why the outrage?

lucy on

sounds like we have a world full of fat people who are jealous! Get to the gym if you are offended, instead of exercising your mouth and fingers where you can’t be seen.

SavannahJen on

I’m not a Bethenny fan, but I am the mother of two year daughter who likes to wear my shoes and clothes. I’m sure that it’s all in fun and I wish I had the diligence to maintain my weight like she has. Soooo many other important things to discuss like where is the missing Malaysian airplane and the two hundred plus young girls kidnapped in Nigeria?

sandy on

um…weird, and I thought I liked her, but this is just weird.

pg on


just me on


Jean Darcy on

By wearing her child’s clothes Bethany is confusing taking her daughter’s ability to assume her own identity through clothes choices and emphasizing that mommy’s cute body is the all important image this little girl needs to see as her own. Really harmful stuff.

pg on

…and she fits into her daughter’s clothes and slippers? That must be one big 4-year old!

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