With over a million followers on Instagram, Eva Chen is essentially an open book.
“I try to show a real representation of my day-to-day life. I’ve always been an oversharer, and I truly love being a parent,” the mother of two said in Parents magazine’s September issue, which she covers with her kids.
As director of fashion partnerships at the social media platform, Chen — who shares daughter Ren, 4, and son Tao, 2, with husband Thomas Bannister — regularly posts her daily ensembles, as well as shots of her children. But the 39-year-old understands why some parents want to keep their kids off social media.
“You have to decide what’s right for you. People ask me all the time, ‘Should I put my kids on Instagram?’ I have complete respect for people who are not posting their kids’ faces. But my own kids are hams. If there’s ever a time when they’re like ‘Don’t take a picture,’ I won’t,” Chen said.
Though Chen has also started private Instagram accounts for her children, which only family can see, she knows there will always be critics.
“People judge your decisions no matter what. I have friends whose kids have never seen a screen, and I get it,” she said. “But Ren and Tao love ‘Peppa Pig,’ they love ‘Ask the StoryBots,’ they love ‘Octonauts.’”
With two children running about, Chen has embraced all of the changes in her life, including her love for a family-friendly vehicle.
“You have to enjoy the changes you go through from 20 to 30 to 40. I am unapologetic about the fact that I want a station wagon. I can talk to you about chamomile versus mint tea. I know about mortgage rates. I also love a calendar invite,” Chen said.
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