Comment: I applaud Dee Devlin for going au naturel while introducing Conor McGregor Jr to the world
Unaffected, natural, joyous and real: this image of new mum Dee Devlin holding her scrumptious newborn Conor Jr in a warm embrace from her hospital bed in Dublin’s Coombe Hospital is so very refreshing.
No trace of make-up, no blow-dry, no designer pyjamas or perfect manicure, Dee is not putting on a show for the cameras.
As an MMA superstar and one of the most famous athletes in the world, McGregor and his long-term love are clearly not short on supporters - in fact, the excited new father shared the first picture of his partner and their brand new baby to his 12.5 million followers on Instagram (she has 662,000 at last count), but they will surely have earned even more with this honest image.
While Kate Middlteon famously had her trademark bouncy blowdry while introducing both of her children on the steps of the Lindo Wing at London's St Mary's Hospital and celebrities are "unexpectedly" snapped by paparazzi back in their bikinis weeks after welcoming babies, it's refreshing to see these new parents focus on what is really important.
In an age of social media 'perfection', where celebrities are tripping over each other to show off their svelte post-birth figures or their shiny hair and 'on fleek' makeup look, a moment like this is rare.
And oh so lovely.
You can’t but be thrilled for the new parents, overjoyed with their new arrival, all eight pounds 14 ounces of dreamy squidginess.
Yes. There’s something about Dee alright. She’s the real deal - there’s a confidence here that ignores media expectations. She fully accepts herself, or at least, that’s the message that’s coming across.
There’s no need to embellish or contrive this snapshot of new life. It is wonderful just as it is, no need to rearrange the water containers and put a vase of flowers in the backdrop to capture the light just right and there's need to turn her face away from the camera because she’s no makeup on.
This is a moment of pure, undiluted happiness, a new mother holding the little person she’s been carrying inside her for nine months. There’s relief there too. He’s arrived. Safe. We all know the horror stories. This is not a moment to be taken for granted.
We’ve seen Dee dolled up too, looking ultra glamorous beside her super stylin’ partner, striding down the red carpet with verve in Versace or zipping around Las Vegas in a Lamborghini; but even there, she seems to take it all in her stride and she gives off the distinct feeling of, "I am more than this outfit."
If only more of us felt this way about ourselves.
As much as I admire Dee’s natural charms, there’s not a chance I would have let Nic take a photo of me, post birth, without at least a bit of concealer and some lip gloss. Like most of us, it was a case of, 'Let me run a brush through my hair and throw on a decent top. And clear the side table and bring over the best bouquet and make sure you use a flash'.
I’ve been conditioned. This is why I appreciate and applaud Dee and Conor for not succumbing, for not even thinking about these silly things that rob us of our spontaneity and can make women feel that even, post-birth, even after the heroics of labour or surgery, their appearance is being judged.
Dee you’ve done us all a big favour with this one. Congratulations. And, for what it’s worth, you look beautiful.