Supermodel Gisele stirs trouble with daughter's pierced ears
Published Wednesday, July 31, 2013 8:58AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 31, 2013 11:55AM EDT
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has courted her fair share of controversy since becoming a mother, and now it seems she may have done it again.
The gorgeous supermodel irked more than a few mums when she boasted, after the birth of her son in 2010, that her drug-free labour “didn’t hurt in the slightest.” She angered a few more during a magazine interview when she said there should be a law that required all mothers to breastfeed for six months.
Now, she’s become the subject of scorn for piercing her infant daughter’s ears.
Bundchen, who has two children with her quarterback husband Tom Brady, posted an Instagram photo on Sunday that shows her holding their seven-month-old daughter Vivian while on holiday in Costa Rica.
While many commenters thought the shot was lovely, others posted on Facebook that little Vivian seemed far too young to be wearing gold studs in her tiny earlobes.
Still others have pointed out that Bundchen is Brazilian-born and that in the culture of Latin America, it’s perfectly normal to have a baby girl’s ears pierced. In fact, it’s expected.
In many South American countries, as well as in India, Egypt and other places, the ears of baby girls can be pierced at the hospital soon after birth, much the way many infant boys are routinely circumcised in hospital in other places.
Most medical experts agree that the procedure itself is relatively safe and no more painful than a vaccination needle. There is a risk that the piercing may become infected, they say, but the infection is usually easily treated.
Defenders of the practice say a baby with pierced ears is simply a cultural tradition. But others find it abhorrent.
One mother named Jessica wrote on the U.S.-based BabyCenter blog: “In my mind, doing something like this is similar to circumcision or getting a tattoo – not a decision I feel comfortable making for my child. And not something I am willing to allow them to do while they are still too young to really know what they want.”
Another named alexandra wrote: “I cry more than my baby during their shots. why would i want to do something to them (vanity) that i know would hurt them? It’s wrong in my opinion.(sic)”
Still another named Laura said she simply didn’t like the way pierced ears looked on a baby.
“…It just feels like it is something that is too mature for a baby, in my opinion. There are so many ways that we want kids to be kids and not grow up too fast and I think I see pierced ears as one of those things.”
Others like leapt to Bundhcen’s defence, like Instagram user sarahrosepetal: “People need to find something better to talk about. Clearly Vivian looks happy and that's the main thing.”