Kanye West and Kim Kardashian recently pierced their one-year-old daughter North West’s ears.
You might be astonished to know I do not want to talk about baby North West’s diamond earrings or the morality of her parents piercing her little lobes without her express permission (although who knows, maybe she did? Not for me to say).
To see the image of North with her ears pierced click here.
Anyhoo, like so many modern folk wanting to disengage from their actual lives, there are few discussions I find more interesting than the should-babies-have-their-ears-pierced debate (although whether or not a Thermomix is worth the money is a close second).
But, for the record, I don’t really care whether someone pierces their child’s ears or not. I used to think it was a bit nasty, you know – holes in the ears without consent etc, but that was before I had kids and realised that being a parent is bloody hard work and perhaps a bit of bling on on your kid makes the gig easier for some. For some it’s a funky name, for others it’s setting up a toddler’s own Instagram. But hey, whatever gets you though.
Sure, the multi-carat diamond studs might seem excessive to some, but this is Kanye and Kim we’re talking about. They really had no choice – to blow the equivalent of New Zealand’s GDP on their wedding then spend $75 in a pair of simple gold sleepers for North would seem a little stingy. They could have skipped the whole earring thing and bought some bath toys or a tambourine … actually no. It would be like Prince George getting a Hyundi Getz for his twenty-first. Nice idea, but never going to happen.
So, piercing and diamonds aside, what I really want to talk about is something we can all relate to – first birthday celebrations. Including but not limited to gifts, celebrations and family outings.
Because what really struck me about North’s first birthday was the outing. Kim and Kanye took North to a museum.
Yes, it was The Children’s Museum Of Manhattan which is world-famous for being a child-focussed, stimulating and engaging place, full of fascination and wonderment. The thing of it is, though: North is a baby and Kanye is a rapper, songwriter, producer, fashion designer and global icon. No wonder they both looked so bored.
Kanye’s molten eyes are saying, ‘Is this over yet?’
And Kimmy has that, ‘C’mon guys, this is a FUN FAMILY OUTING! It’s educational and stimulating and proof to the world that we can be happy doing regular family things! There’s more to us than flying to Tuscany on a fleet of private jets with party-stopovers in Paris and Amsterdam! This Museum thing is AWESOME. Please North, look enchanted for Mama (and the paparazzi)?’ look about her.