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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Danielle on

It’s a joke people. Hasn’t your kid ever asked you to put something on, and you thought it was funny enough to share? My 5 year old daughter put on her brother’s 12 mo old sweat pants and we all got a big laugh out of it. Perspective people. Who cares if you like her or not, she’s just having fun w/her kid!

Jerz on

REALLYYYYYY??? WHO’S IN CONTROL HERE? “When ur 4 year old peanut says ‘mommy please put my dress on’ & giggles uncontrollably, u do what ur told.

bettyboop on

I suspect she does have weight issues and is proud to show off her super slender shape. Fact of the matter is a majority of women have weight issues. I have been thin and I have been overweight. Always I was judged. I hope the day comes when women can except themselves, what ever their size.

Steacy on

I agree that you should totally have fun with your children and I think that the request was cute and I understand why it would be entertaining for them–
but why share that moment on social media? Why cannot you have that fun moment with your child and just keep it private? It’s no one’s place to judge her as I don’t necessarily think she was trying to send any sort of message- I believe it was in good fun. But with SO much focus on women’s bodies nowadays- she cannot be in shock that she’s receiving this sort of backlash.

sanibel on

If her daughter asked her to I can see why she did it. BUT….she did not have to share it with the world- that’s where she fails big time. So it goes from some cute interaction with her daughter to being an attention seeker- which let’s face it- that’s why she did it.

Kris on

So put the clothes on to bring a smile and laugh to your daughter’s face but what was the purpose of taking and posting the picture?

Sara on

Any woman that can fit into her 4 year old’s clothes needs help. Can you say anorexia or bulimia? Doesn’t look good at all.

AnnS on

I don’t get the reason she posted it online for everyone to see. The only reasons I can think are either negative in nature or naive at best.

joy on

Simmer down people, it’s really not that serious. Enjoy your time with your daughter Bethany.

trudy on

People put everything on the internet…nothing is private anymore. So what is the big deal??

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