Model Breastfeeds Son On Elle Cover, Doesn’t Care If You Are Offended
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Australian model Nicole Trunfio has been photographed breastfeeding her four-month-old son Zion for Elle Australia’s June issue, and many people have actually been offended by the image of a beautiful young mom feeding her little boy.
Trunfio decided to defend the cover, as well as the naked shot of herself and Zion inside the magazine.
Here’s what the gorgeous mom wrote on her Facebook profile:
“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 for what it’s stands for. I obviously don’t look like this 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.”
Elle editor-in-chief Justine Cullen says the photo was unplanned, and firmly stands by her decision to put the breastfeeding pic on the cover. To quote her:
“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 completely natural moment that resulted in a powerful picture. It’s a pitiful truth that women are still regularly shamed or made to feel awkward for performing the fundamental act of feeding their babies wherever and whenever they need to (of course, they’re also still shamed for not being able or choosing not to breastfeed, which I equally maddening. Exposure to breastfeeding in the media is one of the things we can do to counter this, so I love this cover on many levels.”