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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CF on

After reading several of these responses, I can say that we are a nation of women that need therapy! On the grand scale of things, WHO CARES! Be nice to oneanother women…

Faith on

I know she was joking around. But seriously, eat a sandwich!

maryhelenc on

I’m on the fence. On the one hand, I’ve posted photos on IG of myself & my teenage daughter wearing the same top (in different colours) & hilarious “glam hairstyles” my younger daughters (4 & 7) have done in my hair because I thought it was cute. But if I fit in my four year old’s clothes, I’d be grabbing a donut. I don’t think she meant any harm. She probably wanted to share a cute mother/daughter moment. But I hope she evaluates her weight a little.

Sue d on

Yawn…..wasn’t her 15 minutes up years ago?

Me on

If a celebrity putting on her 4 yr old’s pjs gives you body issues than body issues aren’t your only problem.

ssj455 on

Are you happy that as a grown woman you have the body of a 4 year old? Eat a cheeseburger!!!!

SharonB on

Sick. From the title of her Brand to her big ego. Her poor child will have image problems all her life because of her emaciated mother. Feel sorry for the little girl.

Anonymous on

Oh please, I’m not buying what she’s selling. She didn’t put some ridiculously small baby doll dress with makeup. She did this to feel good about herself. Shallow much?

Really on

She looks 20 years older than she is. And I can’t STAND her, totally obnoxious and so into herself. Makes her uglier than she already is. Eat a burger already – YUCK

Kara on

Way to class it up, butter face. I feel so sorry for her little girl.

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