Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Women's and Gender Studies

Committee Chair

Christopher, Karen Lyn

Author's Keywords

Motherhood; Celebrity motherhood; Celebrity; Celebrity bodies; Pregnancy; Women's bodies


Motherhood in popular culture; Women in popular culture; Celebrities in mass media; Pregnancy--Popular works; Body image in women


This research utilizes a feminist critical perspective to examine celebrity mom body (CMB) narratives in popular magazines and explore how they affect non-celebrity mother's body image based on class, race, and education. Face-to-face in-depth interviews were done with 25 non-celebrity women between the ages of 19 and 50 who have had one or more children to explore women's experiences in light of CMB Narratives. Women were asked questions about their bodies and experiences during and after pregnancy as well as shown images of pregnant and post-partum celebrity mothers from People Magazine, Us Weekly, Elle, and other popular magazines Despite the differences in levels of consumption, all women believed CMB narratives were problematic for women, as they normalized images of motherhood that were unrealistic for non-celebrity women. Further, this research found problematic differences in women's experiences based on their class, race, and education.