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Bonnie Asks: Is Bristol Palin Glamorizing Teen Pregnancy With Her Fancy Fashion Photo Shoots?

Wed, May 26, 2010 7:41pm EDT by 11 Comments

Bristol Palin gets all glammed up in the June issue of Harper’s Bazaar — the SECOND time she’s done a FANTASY photo shoot for a magazine, making teen motherhood look like a dream.

Is Bristol Palin really setting a good example to other sexually active teen girls who might be misled into thinking that having a baby is the road to reality TV shows and magazine covers?

The now-19-year-old and mom to 15-month old Tripp models designer dresses at a cupcake-catered fashion shoot by photographer Danielle Levitt on location in Anchorage, Alaska. There’s a dreamy video of the day on the Harper’s Bazaar‘s website.

Less than a year ago in June 2008, Bristol modeled with baby son Tripp for the cover of People in an equally glammed-up fashion. She’s also landed the job as ambassador for the Candie’s Foundation, which combats teen pregnancy.

The problem is that while she has said that being a teen mom “kind of sucks” and that “I thought I would be somewhere warm at college with my friends, but that was definitely not possible with having Tripp,” she also coos over her baby.

“He’s like a Gerber Baby,” she tells the mag. “The cutest baby in the whole world.” She also calls him “a blessing.”

Of course that’s sweet. Every mom SHOULD feel their child is a blessing. But if you are trying to discourage teen pregnancy, Bristol, should you be making it seem like having a baby at 17 was the best gift ever?

You really shouldn’t be wanting to create that impression since the U.S. has the unfortunate distinction of having the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the industrialized world. Three girls in 10 in the U.S. get pregnant by age 20 and there are more than 400,000 births to teen moms each year! Most like yourself, end up splitting from their baby daddys- in your case, from Levi Johnson.

You’re also photographed for the magazine in stunning Caroline Herrera, Lanvin and Isaac Mizrahi gowns. They range in price from $4,385 to $14,800. And the earrings you wear are almost $14,000 — hardly a real-life wardrobe for the average teen mom!

The photos like the pics in last year’s People — which didn’t show an article of clothing out of place in your spic and span home — sure make teenage single motherhood look like a fab thing to do!

Bristol, is that really the message you want to be sending? I don’t think it should be.

Do you agree or not, BFFs?

Plus, click here for more pics from Bristol’s photoshoot!

— Bonnie Fuller

For more on Bristol Palin:

  1. Bristol says she never got the ‘sex talk’
  2. Levi Johnston trying to upstage Sarah Palin
  3. Bristol on Secret Life of the American Teenager
  4. Bristol Palin on Oprah: “I’m not having sex again unless I’m married!”