Kate Mid­dle­ton:

Hounded over her looks

No. 1 Magazine - - FASHION -

When Kate stepped out of hos­pi­tal ear­lier this year, proudly cradling new­born Princess Char­lotte, the wait­ing crowds and paps were in awe about how great she looked. This pos­i­tiv­ity didn’t last long though, as shortly af­ter Wills had driven her home, the snide com­ments started about how the Duchess must’ve hired a hair­dresser to give her a bouncy blowdry and a man­i­curist to paint her nails be­fore she left the hos­pi­tal. It’s not clear why this seemed to irk peo­ple so much, maybe they were try­ing to in­sin­u­ate that she had her pri­or­i­ties wrong. How­ever, when you think of how much at­ten­tion is paid to ev­ery­thing - rang­ing from her out­fit choices, to her weight, to her hair­styles - is it re­ally a sur­prise that she wanted to look nice be­fore she faced the world’s media? When celebrity hair­dresser, Nicky Clarke, re­cently cri­tiqued her ap­pearence, say­ing, “Kate needs to get rid of her grey hair – it’s not a good look”. It was an ex­am­ple of how Kate is ex­pected to be ‘per­fect’ at all times. And, as a busy mum of two, the pres­sure to look im­mac­u­late must be ex­haust­ing.

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