Little Ms Naleigh is the sweetest baby, that is for sure.
And Hatherine H is not the most popular actress in Hollywood, so this cover was always going to be controversial.
In the interview that accompanies the shoot, Heigl says: “‘It is so gut wrenching in a way that I could have never predicted,’ she says.
‘You have this empathy suddenly -– this compassion for a mother going through anything complicated or difficult with a child. It’s something that I understand now –- that unbelievable drive and instinct to protect.’
Not that she’s doing it alone: ‘I really could not have imagined a better father for [Naleigh],’ she says of her musician husband of three years.
‘She’s the luckiest little kid. We call him “Disneyland Dad” because as soon as he comes in it’s just fun and happiness — and she rides around the room on his shoulders.
‘He’s [also] fantastic with diapers, food, naptime, playtime – he’s got it all.’”
Which is of course, all adorable, but …
Heigl is supposed to be no fool. She must know that by exposing her child to any publicity means that her (and the kid’s) right to privacy will disappear.
A celebrity cannot have it both ways.
They can either choose the higher ground wrt their children and never expose them, live a low-profile life and protect them in the hope of giving them the most “normal” childhood possible, or they make a deal with the big, hungry publicity devil.
With the media and celebrity kids, it seems there is no “little bit pregnant.”
If I were to be cynical, I could draw your attention to the fact that Heigl has a movie about a women who adopts a child, to promote.
And this is such a juicy, voyeuristic issue of W -the content is all about feeding our desire to snoop, pry and know more about people who really don’t have much say as to why we are interested in them.
“The family Issue,” starring Madonna and Lourdes, Jenna Jameson’s “boys,” Jeff Koons’ “brood” – is a feast for the curious.
Paging through the pictures of these kids, bolstering their parents’ profiles and careers, (for that is really what these stories and pictures are about in the end) could leave a slightly odd taste in a reader’s mouth.
Does Lourdes help her mother reach a new generation of consumers? Does Jeff Koons’ domestic set up, offset his somewhat seamy private life? How does it feel growing up with a Mama who was once a porn star?
Will “using” Naleigh help her mother’s sometimes controversial profile, by making her appear more human and humane? The story, of a family with two generations of adopted children, is a good one. If it weren’t being presented as part of a magazine article, it would be heartwarming.
But Heigl and her family, (her mother and sister also appear in the magazine) are not normal people.
This child will have to be a part of the debate that is sure to follow in discussion threads, about whether her adoption was a publicity stunt or not.
There is of course, the fact that Heigl could just be the same as most new mothers – proud, in love and beyond happy to show of her “most beautiful baby ever,” to anyone who will agree with her, but oh dear …
Couldn’t she just have commissioned a fancy photographer to take gorgeous pictures for their family album?
I can’t help but think that Meryl Streep’s offspring, brought up in relative privacy and obscurity, probably had it better than the life of a celebrity kid who is co-opted into the family business from the start.