A Mom Faces Criticism for Painting Stretch Marks on Her Daughter’s Doll

In an age where unrealistic beauty standards and airbrushed images saturate media platforms, one mother’s bold decision has ignited a fierce debate. Instead of following what everyone else thinks, she did something empowering and accepting. She painted stretch marks on her daughter’s doll.

Kate writes books for kids.

Kate Claxton, is a talented author dedicated to inspiring children. Among her notable works is the multi-award-winning picture book, “My Mum’s a Tiger!” Crafted with love and a profound understanding of the challenges faced by many, Claxton created this heartfelt story as a cherished gift for her baby’s first birthday.

Little did she know that her creation would transcend personal boundaries and resonate with countless individuals around the globe. “My Mum’s a Tiger!” serves as a powerful reflection of the experiences of numerous real-life people who grew up being told that their scars, stripes, spots, and so-called ’flaws’ should be concealed.

She has body-inclusive dolls for her kids at home.

Claxton not only writes empowering books but also practices what she preaches in her own home. Recognizing the importance of body inclusivity and normalizing the beauty of individuality, Claxton provides her children with body-inclusive dolls. As much as she adores her acclaimed work, “My Mum’s a Tiger,” which beautifully embraces tiger stripes and other unique features, Claxton understands her daughter’s fascination with dolls and their ability to be dressed and undressed.

Consequently, she took it upon herself to modify one of these dolls, adding the very stripes that so many people cover up. Claxton believes in embracing differences and encourages others to do the same, offering a poignant line from her book: “Let’s take what makes us different and instead of trying to hide, let’s be more like animals and wear our marks with pride.”

Some people criticized her for painting the dolls.

Inevitably, not everyone embraced Kate Claxton’s initiative of painting the dolls. But Claxton takes pride in the fact that her Barbie craft session sparked conversations and stirred up reactions. However, she acknowledges that reading the comments can sometimes be disheartening, particularly when encountering individuals who completely miss the point.

Among the critical comments, one person questioned the motive behind painting the dolls, asking, “Why make young girls worry more about their bodies? I’ve got no stretch marks, so maybe it would be better to teach them about being positive rather than negative about their bodies.” Another comment echoed a similar sentiment, stating, “Why make girls worry more all the time? I had three kids and no stretch marks. Make them think positive.”

She doesn’t listen to the mean comments.

Despite encountering some less-than-supportive remarks, Claxton chooses to scroll past those comments, refusing to let them overshadow the positive impact and meaningful discussions her efforts have generated. While acknowledging these differing viewpoints, Claxton remains committed to her mission of promoting positivity and fostering a healthy body image in children.

Another mom that received a lot of attention for her unique parenting style was actress Kristen Bell. Known for her refreshing approach to raising her children, Bell brings a combination of compassion, empathy, and open-mindedness to the table. In a candid moment on her podcast, Kristen Bell openly shared a personal anecdote about her daughter’s developmental journey, revealing that her daughter wore diapers until the age of 5.

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Liam Hemsworth and his girlfriend, Gabriella Brooks, went out for a date night at the London premiere of Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.

On Friday, May 17, Liam, 34, and Gabriella, 28, posed for photos on the red carpet. Liam dressed casually in a baseball cap, black sweatshirt, and jeans, while Gabriella wore an elegant black silk dress.

Liam Hemsworth; Gabriella Brooks Neil Mockford/WireImage

Liam’s brother, Luke Hemsworth, 43, joined them on the red carpet. They were there to support their other brother, Chris Hemsworth, 40, who stars in the movie as the villain Immorten Joe, opposite Anya-Taylor Joy, who plays Furiosa. The movie premieres in theaters on May 24.

Liam’s appearance at the premiere comes while he is filming the fourth season of Netflix’s The Witcher. He is taking over the lead role of Geralt of Rivia from Henry Cavill. Netflix plans to film the fourth and fifth seasons back-to-back.

Liam and Gabriella, who have been dating since 2019, are usually private about their relationship on social media. They only post photos of each other occasionally. In March, Gabriella shared a photo of Liam in a series of pictures on Instagram of her swimming in the ocean. She captioned the post, “First swim of Spring  it was freezing :),” and included a photo of Liam smiling in a car. Before that, she posted a picture of them together in December 2023 at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

Liam Hemsworth; Gabriella Brooks Lia Toby/Getty Images

The couple was first seen together in public in December 2019, having lunch with Liam’s parents in Byron Bay, Australia. A source told Us Weekly at the time that Liam’s family likes Gabriella, which is very important to him. The insider also said that Liam feels comfortable with her.

In December 2021, Gabriella explained to Stellar magazine why she likes to keep their relationship private. She said, “My personal relationship is very, very important and very sacred to me. In an industry where so much is put out on show, there are some things you just want to keep to yourself. I understand the interest in our relationship, but at the end of the day, I like having that for me.”

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