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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Meia on

If I was a 4 year old I would be terrified of that!

JQP on

Who is Bethenny Frankel?

LC on

I like Bethenny and I think she’s right in that you do what you’re told to help your child. However, she did not have to post it for millions to see. That’s where I disagree with her.

Liz on

Now we know you have a body of a 4 year old. I can’t imagine how she must look in person. Not attractive at all!

Marie Mullin on

Insecure woman, says I need attention, poor daughter .

ola on

I could personally do without her posting the pic. If she did it for her daughter cool, but to bring attention to herself is shameful.

MC on

She needs to stop playing around in her daughters p.j’s and start cleaning that house. That room is a mess…

RevLizz on

There is nothing wrong with what she did. Really? There are more serious issues. Wow.

Jill on

Why do people care? She was playing around.

m on

I really liked Bethanny and rooting for her well being. I too am a parent of a 4 year old that request that I dress up w/ her. The difference is that I don’t send a picture out to the world to see and I don’t do everything my child will ask of me. What message am I sending to my own daughter if her size 4 outfit also fits me. Either something is not ok with my body OR even worse, something is not ok with my 4 year old’s body! Not cool Bethanny. Even for this supporter of yours!!! Do the right thing, don’t defend your decision, instead take responsibility and educate!!!

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