I love seeing pictures of celebrity moms and babies as much as the next person, but I was kind of annoyed when I saw this picture of Victoria Beckham and her newborn daughter, Harper Seven Beckham. The two are in New York City for NY Fashion Week and in the pic above Posh is heading into the Prada store on Fifth Avenue.
Now as much as I hate to come off as judgmental, I have to ask why the heck Posh is subjecting her infant daughter to all those cameras. Yes, I know it’s a free country and she can shop wherever she wants with her baby. But really? Fifth Avenue? It’s like asking to be followed and photographed. And it’s fine if you don’t mind the paparazzi. But the baby, too?
This is when I start to have less and less sympathy for celebrity moms who complain about the paparazzi stalking them. Maybe if you didn’t parade up and down 5th Avenue you’d have less to worry about. I’ve run into to star moms like Natalie Portman and Amy Poehler in my neighborhood and you know what? There wasn’t a single paparazzi following them.
So in case any of you celebrity moms are genuinely interested in decreasing your chances of being followed and photographed when you’re in NYC, consider these 5 hideouts.
1. The subway. No one makes eye contact down there, so the chances of being recognized are slim to none.
2. The bus. The bus is notoriously slow, which means 95% of the riders are over 65. And yeah, they haven’t seen any of your movies and don’t know anything about your clothing line.
3. Anywhere above 96th Street. Most photogs won’t venture to the northern section of Manhattan because they’re (justifiably) afraid they’ll get robbed for that fancy camera.
4. Church. Most churches, especially the ones in Harlem, don’t allow any flash photography which means those annoying paps probably won’t follow you in. Plus, while you’re in there you could earn some points with the Man upstairs and maybe He’ll hook you up on the way out with a photag-free exit.
5. Midtown. Now I know it seems counter-intuitive, but this is a no-fail… during the morning rush. That’s key. Because nothing is more annoying to a New Yorker trying to get to work on time than some annoying guy blocking the sidewalk trying to take a stupid picture. Just walk fast, blend in and let the suits do your dirty work.
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