Working Mom’s Drastically Different Photos Cause a Stir

posted: 04/20/16
by: TLCme
pictures of erin kiernan

Like many working moms, Erin Kiernan wears many hats -- it just so happens that her job involves wearing extensive makeup and having "perfect" hair. But she caused a bit of a stir when she posted side by side photos of her in mom mode next to her in her work mode as a TV news anchor on a Des Moines NBC affiliate network.

In one, she is wearing the aforementioned makeup and coiffed hair; in the other, she is wearing glasses, no makeup and her hair is casually swept up in a headband.

Apparently the photos drew "mean, nasty, hateful" comments, and in a Facebook post hashtagged "#truth" and "#reallife," she rails against people who stated that the two-photo montage "doesn't even look like the same person." She writes:

These ARE NOT pictures of the same person.

The woman on the left is well rested, spent two hours on her hair and makeup, had a professional photographer take her picture (and photoshop it, I'm sure), and is in the "glowing" second trimester of pregnancy.

The woman on the right got two hours of sleep (maybe), hadn't looked in the mirror, took a selfie, did not put a filter on it and is covered with spit up and drool from a teething and very crabby baby.

You are an idiot if you think these are pictures of the same woman.

These words undoubtedly ring true to working moms everywhere, who have to play one role at work and another at home, both of which require very different "uniforms" and priorities.

Erin Kiernan later wrote a post following up to the viral reaction to her two photos:

Wow, friends...what a crazy couple of days. I hope you don't think less of me after I lost my mind on social media!

I've been thinking a lot about all of your feedback (good and bad) and I appreciate it.

That post showing the two versions of me generated a lot of discussion about being "real". Coincidentally, my mom is visiting and she brought the book "The Velveteen Rabbit" for Michael Francis.

There are so many beautiful passages in the book but I really love this one, in which the Skin Horse tells the Velveteen Rabbit that REAL isn't how you are made, it is something that happens to you.

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But those things don't matter at all, because once you are Real, you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

I've said many times that I'm a work in progress - in every way possible. Thanks for understanding that sometimes the process is ugly and uncomfortable.