By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.
Yesterday, Kris Jenner teased the audience at the inaugural taping of her new talk show with a faux-North West. The proud grandma knows we're eager to see pics of Kim and Kanye's new baby, and it looks like the wait will continue for awhile. An interesting (and kind of sad, to be honest) survey in yesterday's Daily Mail revealed that almost a fifth of new parents secretly believe their babies are ugly. Surely this isn't the reason North hasn't yet made her public debut.
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It mostly likely isn't, because the poll also found that even if parents are disappointed with their new baby's looks, "the vast majority suffer their disappointment in silence, choosing to put on the brave face society expects." We're still talking about newborn infants here, right? The ones that are the result of a sperm and egg uniting to form an entirely new human being, which is mind-blowing when you think about it. Are parents who successfully create one of these amazing new lives and bring it into the world, healthy and whole, actually taking the time to assess their looks? The quotes in this article sadly seem to suggest that they are.
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"My daughter is three now and she is gorgeous, but when she arrived she was the most disgusting little thing I'd ever seen," one father, who asked to remain anonymous, told the paper. "It doesn't mean you love them any less of course. In fact it brings out some very intense feelings of protection. You really feel you have to root for them in life because they aren't as good looking."
Thankfully, the poll also found that 99 percent of parents fell in love with their new babies the moment they saw them, and that love goes beyond looks and how "beautiful" a parent thinks a new baby is. There's a lot of societal pressure to say an infant is cute or beautiful - often because it's hard to find a lot to say about a newborn. But it seems we've internalized these remarks to the point where they're no longer just "what you say" when you see a baby. Now, parents are actually judging infants' physical appearances, even though they're going to change as the baby gets older.
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So when those pictures of North West do finally emerge, instead of remarking on her attractiveness, let's instead focus on this brand-new person who was born prematurely and nursed to full health by doctors and her parents. Her looks may be judged in the future, but that doesn't mean her family will love her any less.
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