Photo via Instagram @jaime_king
Kudos Jaime King.
As you welcomed your second baby to the family this week, we were reminded just why the world calls you one of the most “normal” celebrities on social media.
For those who have been there – the image she posted on Instagram to announce the birth of their second son might be familiar.
It’s got it all – that incredible happiness, the signs of exhaustion, a glowing, but slightly disheveled mum, the relieved dad, the slightly unaware sibling and that obligatory hospital decor.
“I use my Instagram to share who I am and my experience to the best of my ability. I am not trying to start any movements with it… I am just trying to be myself and speak about things that are really important to me.”
These were Jaime’s words to us in a heartfelt interview last year, where she also talked about her infertility issues, motherhood and her modelling days.
As she basks in the beauty of her newborn this week, we are basking in her ability to level the playing field and reconfirm that after all, celebrity or not, we are all really just the same.
Here are some highlights from our original interview with The Collective’s Angie Fox, which was the cover story of Issue 15.
On social media: “I think social media is the greatest blessing and the greatest curse that has happened to our society. I feel like it has become a way for people to hide in the shadows and they can be very, very cold to each other, but at the same time I have met so many incredible people through social media and I feel like it finally allows you to speak your own voice. Some of my best collaborations have come from social media.”
On her openness about fertility, endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (she had five miscarriages and five rounds of IVF with her first son James): “I remember the first miscarriage I had and I had such severe depression over it. I was like, how can this happen, there must be something wrong with me, I must be broken. I needed to say something [on social media] so that we could start an open dialogue for people to have a safe place to speak to each other about it. I wanted people to know that they were not alone in their experience.”
On parents supporting each other: “I think it would be really beautiful for all of us to come together and to support each other and not bully each other in our ‘mummy views’ of the way you raise your child, breastfeed or not breastfeed or if you have post-partum depression or you don’t or how you get pregnant or don’t get pregnant. Breastfeeding should not be taboo and bottle-feeding should not be judged.”
On the celebrity life: “I also wanted people to know that what we do as actors, this ‘celebrity life’ is very much an illusion. There is nothing perfect about what our lives are. We are human beings.”
On her modelling days: “Modelling obviously is really all about your physicality. So your worth is based on your physical beauty. You get it in your head that your value and your power comes from the outside and not from what you bring from within. It’s how you love, it’s how you share yourself, it’s how you interact with people and that to me is the greatest gift you can ever give anyone. I am very aware of that now. I wasn’t aware of that when I was younger.”
On her own mother, a seamstress: “My mother was very brave and I think [my modelling career] was very scary for her. I owe her everything. We [siblings] were all so different from one another… and she loved and supported each one of us individually. My older sister ‘came out’ during a time when people were being murdered for it in Omaha, and my mother basically created a safe haven for young gay kids.”