The pregnancies of Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian have dominated social media, the Internet, and television for the past few days and will undoubtedly do so for months. The two women are like dueling expectant mothers: the royal bundle bearer versus the reality spin-off generator. One gets headlines, the other soon follows.
Don't believe it? Kate Middleton made headlines this week when she showed her royal baby bump in public for the first time. She went on a visit to an alcohol rehab clinic in south London Tuesday (Feb. 19). And as the Daily Beast reported, "the global press went mad."
Why? Who really knows? Maybe they have higher expectations for the royal baby than a naked Vegas romp?
On the same day, the Duchess of Windsor would battle the queen of reality television as Kim Kardashian debuted her baby bump in a bikini in Dujour magazine.
Why? Who knows? Perhaps someone thought it would be refreshingly avant garde to see a pregnant celebrity in as few clothes as possible.
But it almost seems as if the media is pushing the two celebrities into headline confrontations. The Kardashian photo spread came a week after Italy's Chi magazine published photos of Middleton on vacation in a bikini, baby bump and all.
And it all started about the same time -- the pregnancy story synchronicity thing.
This is about the time the media really started putting two-and-two together (get it?) to get more milage out of their pregnancy stories. Oddsmakers even started taking bets on whose child would be born first. Mentioning the two together or connecting them (bikini photos, though? Who would've thought?), even via such a vague link, was certain to generate interest. So don't be surprised to see Kardashian baby stories that are somehow subtly linked to Middleton stories for the rest of the year.
The royals will all be in a snit over being linked to such pedestrian goings-on. But putting on airs will get them nowhere. The world has seen both women naked.
These stories, of course, will be in addition to all the other stories that will continue to run (ad nauseum) about both women and their imminent progeny.
And the next thought going through your head? Most likely: Oh, those poor babies...