MUMMY’S LITTLE MISS STYLISH!
Guccicoo! Fern’s girl is oh so chic
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.
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