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Miranda Kerr Got Married Like It's 1956 and I'm All Please Stop

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Congratulations are in order for model Miranda Kerr and Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel. The heavily-dimpled duo got married in May, although fresh details of their nuptials have been shared in recent days via an image-rich spread in the August issue of Vogue.

According to the blushing bride, her dress inspiration came from the one worn by Grace Kelly in 1956 when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco. Interestingly, the high-neck, long-sleeved gown was not the only 1950s-inspired part of Kerr's wedding. She told the magazine that she preferred a retro-style dress because it "fully covers you [and] creates a sense of purity and mystery."

Besides mystery, another benefit of being covered up was to presumably keep chicken grease from burning her skin. What? Thanks for asking. The Vogue article revealed getting married was only one of a few things Kerr did in her dress:

"On a cool May morning, just as a cloak of fog began to lift off the western hills of Los Angeles, Miranda Kerr ran downstairs and put a chicken in the oven."

According to the fashion mag, a caterer prepared Miranda's husband's favorite dish—chicken with tumeric and lemon—for the 45 guests in attendance, yet Kerr prepared the same meal, by herself, for her husband.

As if cooking for her husband—on their wedding day, at the wedding, in a dress that could double as nun's habit (a beautiful one) wasn't enough of a throwback, it was revealed a few months earlier that the engaged couple would also be abstaining from sex until exchanging vows. This because Spiegel "is very traditional," Kerr told the Times of London this winter.

Perhaps Webster's might now consider updating its definition of "traditional" in future editions, especially since marrying a woman who is a mom (and who came into that role by partnering with another man) is less than traditional. Not that there's anything wrong with that! But what's with the cooking for your partner and staying celibate until the papers are signed?

To be honest it's hard to understand a sense of wanting tradition when things that are traditionally very private are made so very public via international magazines and newspapers.

Honestly, I'm pretty live and let live, so what I'm really asking about Kerr's cooking-for-the-husband-at-the-wedding and born-again virgin thing is why do I know this, why is it public, why is this former Victoria's Secret model sharing these details with Vogue? Or anyone? These private choices that mean something to the couple but come off as rather retrograde to the rest of us? Shhhh ... not for sharing.

As is the case with women who marry and choose to use their husband's last name (me included!), the great thing about being a woman in 2017 is the abundance of choices. Kerr's choices are lovely and sweet and, most importantly, they are hers, which is what it's all about.

Mostly.

To be honest it's hard to understand a sense of wanting tradition when things that are traditionally very private are made so very public via international magazines and newspapers.

Kudos to Kerr for proudly reaffirming or redefining what it means to be traditional.

It's also a curious choice Kerr has made to throwback to an era when women had so many fewer choices, and when a divorced woman with a child from another marriage would hardly be celebrated. Certainly Kerr and Spiegel don't need to prove or defend their decisions to anyone, although for a couple with an astronomical platform, it could also have been a nice choice to show how some traditions have evolved and advanced over the past 61 years and that no one has to cook chicken on her wedding day if ever.

Still, I'm no hater. Kudos to Kerr for proudly reaffirming or redefining what it means to be traditional. On the other hand, traditional or otherwise, at a time when women are (again! still!) fighting for a bigger piece of the pie, for some basic guarantees, for equality and to be taken seriously, there are also some things, including baking a pie (or a chicken) for your husband at your wedding, that are better kept to yourself.

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