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Bethenny Frankel Poses in 4-Year-Old Daughter's PJs (and the Internet Reacts Big Time)

07/14/2014 at 11:28 AM ET

Matching mother-and-daughter outfits happen a lot in Hollywood. Kim and Kris. Beyoncé and Blue. But Bethenny Frankel, 43, has gone one step further. The star showed off some eyebrow-raising sleepwear on Instagram Sunday, wearing her 4-year-old daughter Bryn’s Hello Kitty pajamas.

Bethenny Frankel poses in daughter's clothesCourtesy Bethenny Frankel

“This is my daughter’s nightgown and PJ shorts. Think we’re ready to start sharing clothes yet?” she captioned the shot, which highlights her slim physique in an itty-bitty T-shirt, boy shorts and fuzzy slippers.

Many commenters definitely did not seem to advocate Frankel’s wardrobe-sharing proposition, and slammed the Skinny Girl mogul and former talk show host for suggesting she’d swap clothes with a preschooler.

“Wow, way to go, you just destroyed the last 50 years of women who are struggling with body issues, get help!” declared one poster.

“This is sickening. You’re an attention seeker and you’re doing it at your daughters expense,” wrote another.

Yet the former Real Housewives reality star, who recently settled a custody dispute with estranged husband Jason Hoppy, is taking the criticism in stride, posting a response to the rage on Twitter.

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“BREAKING NEWS! World Scandal: Former reality star, failed talk show host & cocktail maven jokes by wearing her kids’ pjs! ‪#itcantbetrue,” she wrote Monday morning.

“When ur 4 year old peanut says ‘mommy please put my dress on’ & giggles uncontrollably, u do what ur told,” Frankel added in response to a fan who Tweeted a message of support.

Will Frozen princess ensembles be next? Time will tell. What do you think of Frankel’s controversial photo? Does it send a bad message or is it completely harmless?

–Kathy Ehrich Dowd

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ALM on

“U do what ur told”?
Who’s the parent, who’s the child? And who tweets like she’s some sort of tweeny-bop? Bryn doesn’t have a chance, with this screwed-up twit as a mother.

Me on

Is it just me or does her face look like she went to the same make-up artist as Jack Nicholaus in Batman?

Darlene Bilyeu on

Oh please!! So your chest size is that of a 4 year old, woo hoo. Any man at tracked to a woman who looks like a tall 4 year old, has so e issues.

ryan on

Yeah its harmless but the fact she took a pic and posted it is like she was using a funny harmless thing to disguise just wanting a reason to show off her body to everyone else. She is fit and looks great, we get it. But if you are desperate for everyone to notice, just post a damn selfie. Dont dress up in a four year olds clothes as a way to show off hard work at the gym without looking vain because it doesn’t work. You end up just looking like an idiot.

Jr on

Just because she told you to put it on didn’t mean we had to see it plastered on the internet. Why are all the aged 40+ women in Hollywood feeling this need to show off their bodies to anyone wanting to look? Can you all not keep anything private???? Are you that desperate to feel good about yourselves? Or are you a glutton for punishment since you know how much negativity you are going to receive from posting?

Cat on

No. This is disgusting. It’s an eating disorder waiting to happen. I really hope she’s teaching her daughter to love her body and be healthy. Not be as skinny as possible and skinny is everything. I know what it’s like to have that mom. I suffered with eating disorders and will always. Ugh. It’s seriously sick. Yes, I HOPE I’m overreacting.

Violet on

This is simply gross. Why would you want to fit in your four year old’s clothes? What a horrible example for her daughter. She obviously wants attention for this and evidently needs help

guest on

Its one thing to put your daughters clothes on when she keeps asking and asking you to. Thats OK in fun. It’s just between the two of you. Both its another thing when you take a picture of it and show the world. Really Bethnny??? What were you thinking. It’s sickening!

Crystal Jimmo on

I’m not one to usually comment on these things, but dear God people lighten up! She was having fun with her daughter and just wanted to share their funny moment. Geeze way to take it one step further ladies. And this is why I hang with the guys, women become attack dogs if they see something that “offends” them. Grow up. Good God.

Kristin on

She should spend more time cleaning her house….pick up your pillow and dirty clothes off the floor….slob!

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