'Keeping it real': Fans praise Jacinda Ardern's relatable mum post

Sarah Carty
·Features & Style Editor
·2-min read

She may be the most powerful woman in New Zealand, leading the country through a global pandemic, but even Jacinda Ardern isn’t immune to the realities of mum life.

The 39-year-old Prime Minister of New Zealand is known for her relatable content on Instagram, posting everything from her cabinet calls with ministers to her packed lunches her mum makes before she heads off to work every day.

Jacinda Ardern
Jacinda Ardern is keeping it real on Instagram. Photo: Instagram/Jacinda Ardern

And now Jacinda has shown her one million followers that she’s also faced with a mum mishap or two on the daily, uploading a snap of her baby girl Neve’s nappy cream on her pink work blazer.

"Why is it only when you are the furtherest you could possibly be from a change of clothes before you notice that you have nappy cream on you?" she wrote.

"I'll spare everyone the details."

Fans were delighted with Jacinda’s post on motherhood, with many saying it’s refreshing to see a woman in politics being so open about her home life.

Jacinda Ardern with nappy cream on her blazer
Jacinda shared a post of nappy cream on her Instagram account. Photo: Instagram/Jacinda Ardern
 New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) and her daughter Neve Gayford at the upper Treaty grounds at Waitangi on February 04, 2020 in Waitangi, New Zealand. The Waitangi Day national holiday celebrates the signing of the treaty of Waitangi on February 6, 1840 by Maori chiefs and the British Crown, that granted the Maori people the rights of British Citizens and ownership of their lands and other properties. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
Jacinda gave birth to her baby daughter Neve in 2018. Photo: Getty Images

“It’s a Badge of honour for someone that plays queen at home for five million Kiwis,” one person commented.

“So lovely to see the human side of a politician's life - such a huge change,” another person wrote.

Others simply thanked her for “keeping it real” and called her their “hero”.

Jacinda, who gave birth to Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford in June 2018, making her the second elected head of government to give birth while in office, has shared numerous cute snaps from her home life to her Instagram account.

"I suggested Neve join the #NZEggHunt Nana decided to go with a vivid for the job," she wrote on Easter Sunday.

"Neve lost her balance mid drawing so we now have this masterpiece, and a fairly similar one on the carpet."

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