How often do we want to believe that the cinema and television personalities look the way they look on screen in real life as well! We all know that they have make-up artistes and camera operators behind them to present them at their best. Not to forget the photographers who employ Photoshop and the latest photography techniques to make an angel out of them. But that’s the image we want to carry of theirs. So when they are caught without make-up, you are pretty much shocked at the ‘distraught’ faces they seem to be in real life.
This news anchor and the reporter from Iowa was, however, a far cry from looking distraught. She looked like a perfect mom that you or I or any mother on earth would relate to. As she gave a glimpse of her true self as a mother on Facebook, users have come to love her all the more – barring a few critics whom she came hard on.
Erin Kiernan posted a picture of herself with her six-month-old son on Facebook on April 12. The caption she wrote was, “I used to think I knew what exhausted was. Hilarious.”
The post drew some criticism as well. Some thought she looked different in her picture with her son, from what she was in the headshot as a news anchor. Referencing the post, she responded by posting two pictures adjacent to each other with a message that would nail the critics.
She wrote that the two pictures were not of the same person, but that one was of the woman who was “well rested, spent two hours on her hair and make-up, had a professional photographer take her picture (and photoshop it, I’m sure),” and that the second one was that of the woman who was glowing with the second trimester of her pregnancy, had little sleep, had been covered in a drool from her son and that she had taken that picture with no filter on it. She added, “You are an idiot if you think these are pictures of the same woman,” suffixing the post with the hashtags #truth and #reallife.
Her post received more than 13,000 reactions. Several readers complimented her on a well-delivered response.
Kiernan has on several occasions openly talked about her infertility experience on social media and had shared her updates from real life as a mother.
One Facebook user said that Kiernan looked amazing in both the pictures.
One also admired her honesty and willingness to share the fact that she is a normal person and just like the rest of us.
On April 16, Kiernan posted a touching passage from “The Velveteen Rabbit” and thanked her fanbase for all the support.