Is Heidi Klum’s Post Of Daughter Leni Appropriate? Moms On The Internet Debate

Jill O'Rourke
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Heidi Klum’s daughter Leni recently celebrated her 16th birthday. To mark the occasion, Heidi posted a throwback photo of Leni when she was a little girl. This sparked some controversy in the comments.


The photo shows Heidi holding a jeweled bra up to Leni’s bare chest. Some people thought this was an inappropriate photo to share with Heidi’s 7 million followers.

Is Heidi Klum’s Photo Of Her Daughter Inappropriate?

“Happy sweet 16, Leni,” Heidi wrote in the caption of her post, along with several emojis. “My kind, loving, smart, funny, beautiful Leni. I am proud to be your Mom.”

While some fans simply commented wishing Leni a happy birthday, there were others who shared a more negative view of the photo. “This is the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen,” reads one comment, which received 280 likes. Another comment claims Heidi is “objectifying a child.”


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While some argued that it was just a photo of a child playing dress-up, another commenter wrote, “Dressing up at home and having fun is one thing. Placing photos of it online is another. The trade in children’s photos is booming in Internet.”

“How can a mother post this kind of pic of any lil kid?” wrote another commenter. Someone else wrote that Heidi should have chosen another photo, saying “you never know which sick person is [watching] it in the internet.”


Heidi Has Been Mommy-Shamed Online Before

It’s not the first time Heidi has dealt with mommy-shaming. A few years ago, she spoke out against people who criticized her for letting her young daughters wear heels. “Big deal!” she said sarcastically about the complaints.

“If we go to a restaurant, they like to get dressed up,” she explained. “It’s fun for them. So what if they hobble on their little heels for 20 steps from the car to the restaurant? As long as they’re good kids and they get good grades, they can wear what they want to wear.”

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Heidi also isn’t the only celebrity to face backlash for a photo of their kids. Last year, Chrissy Teigen received criticism after she posted a photo of herself in the bath with her kids. Singer Jessie James Decker too was recently dragged by internet moms for lounging in her underwear with her young son around.

What do you think about Heidi Klum’s birthday tribute to daughter Leni? Should she have chosen a different photo, or is it just a harmless picture of a mom and daughter having fun?

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