Every time the Duchess of Cambridge leaves her home there is at least one annoying headline that describes a part of her rather than the woman herself.
When she visited with Olympic athletes and played a little volleyball, there was a lot of chatter about her flat stomach and how great she looked just months after giving birth.
Maybe reporting on that is fair. She did look pretty good, after all.
On Thursday, she and husband Prince William were out to support poppy sellers and along with the usual fashion reports, headlines focused on her hair.
Some were excited Kate had a new hair style – when really all she did was part her hair in the middle today and use a curling iron (she did not get a “mom cut” which, while still not news, would be amusing), while others pointed out the new mom has a few gray hairs.
Kate is getting out again to do public appearances, which I think is great. She has much to offer and attending events brings attention to important causes. Before she gave birth to Prince George, I called her out to do more because she holds a lot of sway and needs to be seen as more than a pretty face that produces an heir.
But her good deeds are being overshadowed by her hair.
Is what she’s doing so incredibly boring we have to focus on the couple of gray hairs that have sprouted up? Are we so obsessed with the duchess the first thing we notice about her is her “new” hair style?
I’d like to say we’ll eventually move past this, but we won’t. Stories about the Queen regularly describe what she’s wearing. Until her death, media reports about Diana also often centered on her looks before her good deeds. Kate’s looks will be scrutinized by the media for the rest of her life.
There is something sad about that.
I won’t end this post with talk about her hair, red coat or flat tummy. Instead, I’ll end it with what she was doing today.
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William were out to support the sales of poppies ahead of Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday in November).