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The pregnancy of “Skinny Moms” for Sale!: Representations of Celebrity Moms’ Pregnancies in Korean Online Media
Unformatted Document Text:  “Skinny Moms” - 2 ABSTRACT: This paper explores the representations of celebrity mothers’ pregnancies in Korean online media. An analysis of articles dealing with ten Korean female celebrities’ pregnancies revealed that the celebrities’ thinness during and just after pregnancy are highly emphasized by the media and those celebrities are called “skinny moms.” In skinny mom discourses, celebrity moms are portrayed as a woman who has both ideal beauty and motherhood. These representations imply that women should be thin and beautiful even during their pregnancies. Also, what the celebrities consume to maintain the skinny body is the center of attention. As a result, the celebrities’ bodies are commodified and objectified by the media representations, which is for women who aspire to have a thin and beautiful pregnancy as they do.

Authors: Chae, Jiyoung.
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“Skinny Moms” - 2   
ABSTRACT: This paper explores the representations of celebrity mothers’ pregnancies in Korean 
online  media.  An  analysis  of  articles  dealing  with  ten  Korean  female  celebrities’  pregnancies 
revealed  that  the  celebrities’  thinness  during  and  just  after  pregnancy  are  highly  emphasized  by 
the  media  and  those  celebrities  are  called  “skinny  moms.”  In  skinny  mom  discourses,  celebrity 
moms  are  portrayed  as  a  woman  who  has  both  ideal  beauty  and  motherhood.  These 
representations imply that women should be thin and beautiful even during their pregnancies. Also, 
what the celebrities consume to maintain the skinny body is the center of attention. As a result, the 
celebrities’  bodies  are  commodified  and  objectified  by  the  media  representations,  which  is  for 
women who aspire to have a thin and beautiful pregnancy as they do. 

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