Celeste Barber: the hilarious Aussie mum you must follow

Celeste Barber and her son recreate a shot by Coco Austin and her daughter Chanel.
Celeste Barber and her son recreate a shot by Coco Austin and her daughter Chanel.  Photo: Instagram/celestebarber

If you've ever looked at a photo of a celebrity mum and felt a pang of despair, then Celeste Barber is your new best friend.

The 34-year-old mum has rocked the internet with hilarious recreation photos that parody the sham of celebrity culture, all tagged with #celestechallengeaccepted.

In the last 18 months, Barber – an actor, comedian and writer from the Central Coast – has gained an epic social media presence, including 1 million followers on Instagram.

Her hilarious recreations of photos by the Kardashians, models, and stars such as Gwen Stefani aim to make light of society's obsession with fame.

"The culture of body shaming is very big at the moment, and I wanted to do something to show that it's not real," she told Essential Baby. "I wanted to be a normal person doing the same ridiculous things."

Barber says that celebrity culture can be particularly difficult for mums who feel like they don't measure up to the images they see of famous mums.

"This morning Kim Kardashian posted a photo of herself in a one piece looking smoking hot. My best friend sent me a message about it saying 'I now officially hate myself'," she says.

"I replied saying, 'wait a second, wait until I do it and then tell me how you feel about yourself'."

"That's what I like – other mums being able to say 'thank god! That's what I look like'," she says.


Barber, who's a mum to sons aged 5 and 2, says that the pressure new mums face to snap back into shape after birth is "ridiculous".

"It's insulting and rude and unfair. It really annoys me," she says.


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Barber thinks that we should all pay more attention to being happy and be less bothered by the way we look.

"Being thin and looking good doesn't always feel nice, usually you're just tired and hungry. Do what makes you feel nice," she says.

While there is a clear body positivity message in Barber's work, it isn't her biggest motivator: she really wants to make people to laugh.

"When my best friend and my husband and my manager and my publicist laugh really hard at it, then I'm done. I love it when the people I love love it," she says.

Making people laugh has been at the forefront of Barber's life for some time. She has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade and has been hailed "the queen of comedy" by the ABC.

You may recognise her as Bree Matthews from All Saints, or for her roles in Home & Away, Wonderland, and more recently, parenting comedy The Letdown.

So after posting hundreds of pictures in the last 18 months, does she have a favourite?

"It's like picking a favourite child! I like them all equally," she jokes.

However, after thinking it though, Barber says that she does quite like the spoof of Kate Upton getting out of the pool, and one of J-Lo posing with a glass of champagne (in Barber's version, she poses with a cleanskin).


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"When you're a mum and you have 100 per cent care of your kids with no help, you don't stand around with a glass of champagne. You just grab a cleanskin and get on with it!" she laughs.

While you might guess that celebrities wouldn't approve of Barber's satirical humour, her fans include high profile people such as Ashton Kutcher, Cindy Crawford, George Takei and Kris Jenner.

Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field even contacted her to ask if she could recreate one of their pictures. "It was hilarious," Barber recalls.

"Of course it's great," she says. "But I never started thinking it would go this crazy."

We hope, for all our sakes, the hilarity continues for many more photos to come.

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