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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Heather on

Wow judgmental much peeps? I thought this was funny especially since I recently put on my 7 yr old daughter’s two piece tank and swim skirt/shorts bc it had stretched out soooo much from all her time in the pool to where it fit me – I just did it to be funny! Lighten up!!

Julie on

Love all the haters! You have never done anything silly and posted it on social media. This is so innocent, and like everything else people must blow it up. I love also how everyone talks about body issues, I am in way her size at all, but since she is skinny its a bad thing and she should feel bad. Everyone needs to get over themselves and more on more important things in life.

kayylabee on

First of all, that isn’t a child’s t-shirt she’s wearing…it’s a night gown that happens to fit her like a t-shirt because, surprise surprise, it’s too small for her. That top is the only part of this outfit that even looks like it’s actually child-size…the shorts clearly don’t.
But big deal, I’m an average-sized woman and I could fit into a four or five year old kid’s nightgown top if I wanted. she isn’t being scandalous or trying to make women feel bad about themselves.

jm on

Seriously? It’s one thing to dress up for your daughter – but if you don’t want public response – don’t to post it on instagram! Come on – you know darn well you were showing off – look at me – look at how small I am. I can wear my four year old daughter’s pj’s. Bethenny – such an attention seeker.


I don’t understand the outrage. Is she not allowed to joke around? If women are supposed to be proud of their bodies, why can’t she be proud of hers? Can you only be proud when you’re not in shape? Are there rules to follow about having a healthy body image? I’ve noticed that when people have decided they don’t like a celebrity, there is nothing that celebrity can do right.

Heather on

Wow judgmental much, peeps??? I thought this was funny especially since I recently tried on my 7 yr old daughter’s swim tank and swim skirt/shorts After they had stretched out soooo much from all her time in the pool to where her once size 7/8 suit was almost my size. I did it to be funny – the funniest part was I toon a pic of myself and my children were like “what??” Lighten up!!!

Lynn on

Completely harmless. Lighten up, America! Sheese! Put your outrage where it should be like the illegal immigration fiasco and those poor children, the killing, abuse and neglect of babies or our outrageous taxes, not some women being silly with her child.

SP on

No-one’s paying any attention to her as she’s no longer on tv so, she’s succeeded in getting everyone’s attention, which was probably her plan from the get go. She’s an idiot.

caroline on

Love yourself embrace who you are as a person.
Poor rich girl life is really not about about that

Lauren on

Just because you can fit into something doesn’t mean you should wear it. AND just because your daughter asks you to “put her dress on” doesn’t mean you have to take a photo and post it to social media.

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