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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gmc3mom on

I can agree with her mentality of her kid asking and she wouldn’t dare not oblige. But, that doesn’t mean you take a photo of it and post it on the internet. Attention seeking, trying to stay in the limelight.

iantoad on

Calm down people, geez!

Amy on

She obviously has an eating disorder and should be in therapy.

DebLG on

Big deal – it’s not like it looks good on her anyway!

Tina on

I’m not sure what’s worse…that a 40-something year old woman feels the need to grab attention like this or the fact that outlets like People will give it to her.

Lynnette on

This broad is a train wreck! What you say is “your clothes are too small for mommy”, you put them on. It’s no wonder she’s divorced. That’s right BF, keep promoting women wearing toddler wear. She’s such an idiot and talk about clueless.

Stephanie on

She’s ridiculous and an embarrassment to women around the world. I wish the media would stop covering people like her!

KathyC on

People need to chill….she’s just kidding around.

Kait B on

Why does everything have to be posted online? She could have done this in a funny moment with her daughter. She allowed everyone’s comment by posting it online.

yell erin on

I’d much rather see a grown woman in kids clothes, than all these little girls that dress like women

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