Guc­ci­coo! Fern’s girl is oh so chic

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - What a Week! -

Meet the adorable three-year-old who has more de­signer hand­bags and In­sta­gram fol­low­ers than her own mum.

Glam mother-of-two Fern We­ston-Ben­nett, from Don­caster, South York­shire, ad­mits she loves splurg­ing on pricey new out­fits for her daugh­ter Nancy Aleya, with the lit­tle tot get­ting her first $750 Louis Vuit­ton hand­bag at the ten­der age of one.

Nancy’s en­vi­able wardrobe and con­fi­dent sense of style have al­ready made her a pint­sized, pic­ture-per­fect star on so­cial me­dia – @nan­cya­leya has al­most 10,000 fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram – and she has also cap­tured the at­ten­tion of cloth­ing brands, which now send her free gear to wear.

The su­per-cute tod­dler, known on­line as “Fancy Nancy”, has even been scouted by a mod­el­ling agency, who im­me­di­ately signed her up.

Full-time mum Fern, 28, who lives in the small town of Tick­hill, says, “Nancy is such a mini fash­ion­ista. She adores dress­ing up and pos­ing for the cam­era. My daugh­ter def­i­nitely has more de­signer hand­bags and more fol­low­ers than me.


“Nancy has al­ways loved the lime­light and be­ing on stage, so I de­cided to sup­port that side of her by cre­at­ing an In­sta­gram pro­file for her, which just took off. I’m not say­ing it’s what ev­ery three-year-old should be do­ing, but it works for Nancy and her per­son­al­ity. I want to give her the best op­por­tu­ni­ties and en­cour­age her abil­i­ties.

“Grow­ing up, I strug­gled with self-con­fi­dence. It’s not some­thing I had and it’s so won­der­ful to see Nancy happy and se­cure.”

Fern sees her­self as one of a grow­ing num­ber of par­ents who pre­fer to lav­ish de­signer gear on their chil­dren, rather than splurg­ing on them­selves.

For a for­mal oc­ca­sion like a wed­ding, the young mum ad­mits she can spend around $650 on a full out­fit for Nancy, which she might ac­ces­sorise with a $550 Gucci hand­bag.

Fern – who also has a sixyear-old son named Seth with her hus­band of seven years, com­pany di­rec­tor Ryan, 30 – ex­plains, “I get more en­joy­ment spend­ing on de­signer clothes and ac­ces­sories for my kids than I do on my­self. It’s a big­ger buzz and a lot less guilt. I just love trawl­ing through the lat­est chil­dren’s col­lec­tions and when I see a gor­geous piece, I have to or­der it for Nancy!

“It feels like a grow­ing trend amongst par­ents and I com­pletely un­der­stand it. I would spend ev­ery last penny on my chil­dren and not my­self – but I don’t tell them about it. My kids have no idea what a de­signer la­bel is.

“I’ve raised my chil­dren to know that there are more im­por­tant things in life than ma­te­rial items and they should be thank­ful for ev­ery­thing they have. We’ve al­ways made sure to in­stil in them the value of a healthy life­style, good ed­u­ca­tion and be­ing kind to oth­ers.”

Fern sees Nancy’s wardrobe as an in­vest­ment, and she and her daugh­ter of­ten dress to match each other. Fern says, “I have the big­ger ver­sion of her Louis Vuit­ton hand­bag and we’ll co­or­di­nate. I think that Nancy’s hand­bag will al­ways have sen­ti­men­tal value for her and she’ll treasure it for life.

“It does make me happy and proud when we both look nice to­gether. My chil­dren are only lit­tle once and won’t let me dress them for­ever, so I’m to­tally en­joy­ing it while it lasts.”

Dot­ing mum Fern man­ages Nancy’s so­cial-me­dia pres­ence, con­stantly check­ing the num­ber of likes her In­sta­gram posts get and mak­ing sure new snaps are added reg­u­larly, which means the free clothes and ac­ces­sories keep rolling in.

She says Nancy loves be­ing in the spot­light, takes four dance classes a week and also stud­ies drama. Adding that see­ing her chil­dren thrive is im­por­tant to her, Fern ad­mits, “I’m sure peo­ple are quick to judge me, es­pe­cially as a stayat-home mum who loves to spend on her chil­dren, but I put my all into ev­ery­thing I do with my fam­ily and home life.

“Like ev­ery par­ent, I just want the best for my chil­dren

and I feel I am achiev­ing my goals. I feel suc­cess­ful in what I’m do­ing as a mother. I al­ways put my chil­dren’s needs be­fore my own and they have a busy, stim­u­lat­ing life.

“I’m a per­fec­tion­ist and I can see ev­ery­thing I put into my kids pay­ing off. You get re­sults as a mum and I feel so proud of my kids.”

Up­staged by her daugh­ter! Mum co­or­di­nates her de­signer bag with Nancy’s, but there’s no deny­ing who the real star is. Right: Stylish princess at home.

Is wee Nancy spoilt rot­ten or fab­u­lously chic? Email us at wdaynz@bauer­me­

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