Kylie Jenner and Cardi B seem to be running a clinic on how to spoil your kids in a pandemic.
Last week, Jenner posted a picture of her daughter Stormi, 2, toting a $1,180 Louis Vuitton bag. Earlier in the month, Cardi B’s rapper husband Offset shared a video of their 2-year-old daughter Kulture opening an Hermès Birkin bag, which fetches a whopping five figures.
While some people cooed over the cute kids handling bags that could help Sally Struthers feed millions of children for decades, the backlash on social media was immediate.
“At that age, a kid would be more excited about the box than the bag itself,” Karen Salmansohn, a Manhattan mother of one and author, told The Post.
Cardi B responded to her haters, saying, “If I was looking like a bad bitch, expensive bitch, and I had my kid looking like a bum bum, then y’all would talk s - - t. So I’m not mad that daddy bought baby a Birkin. She going to match mommy.”
But she missed the point. No one was playing fashion police for tots. Rather, amidst national strife, unemployment and a mounting death toll from the coronavirus, the pricey gift felt like a “let them eat cake — the toddler chronicles” moment to many.
“Five months ago, we would have rolled our eyes at these gifts,” Salmansohn said. “But now there’s steam coming out of our ears. Our country is in a surreal state of chaos. This is really tone deaf.”
Besides, she added, “It’s definitely a waste of money. Are they going to put their crayons in it?”
The criticism only seemed to fuel Jenner, 22, who continued to troll the poors with more luxury goods for her offspring. This week, she posted pictures of a row of small, colorful Prada bags, which retail for $775 each, captioned with: “had to get her all the baby Prada’s to match mommy.”
“It’s a personal decision on how to spend your money,” Robin Gorman Newman, a Long Islander who runs the site MotherhoodLater.com, told The Post. “But when a child is that young, who is the gift really for? It becomes a status symbol for the mother. They’re doing it for the likes but it only breeds contempt,” the mom of one said.
The pandemic and protests have swiftly shifted society’s priorities, making conspicuous consumption seem downright vulgar and insensitive instead of aspirational. Austerity, activism and altruism are much savvier themes to share on social media.
“These hard times teach us what matters most. The most fabulous thing they could do right now would be to donate money to a worthy organization in their daughters’ names,” said Salmansohn, who writes books on happiness, including “Happy Habits.”
And it’s healthier for the kids’ mental states, she added: “Studies show that acts of altruism bring more happiness than objects.”
Long Island psychologist Dr. Adrian Tubero cautioned against shaming or judging other mothers but notes such gifts, especially in these troubled times, can skew a child’s sense of reality and privilege.
“A toddler has no need for such an extravagant handbag and indulging them by buying them such unnecessary luxuries can only lead to raising a very entitled child with little real value and appreciation for money,” said Tubero.
But try telling that to the Jenner family, whose value system is synonymous with extravagance.
“Their lives revolve around bling and status and flaunting,” said Gorman Newman. “And the public comments roll off their wealthy backs.”
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