One mother is asking “Who wore it better?” in a hilarious Instagram project that compares her photogenic toddler with his model uncle.
Katina Behm, 34, is a speech and language pathologist in West Fargo, N.D., and a mother of three: 18-month-old fraternal twins Augie and Delphie and a 12-year-old stepson. One day in December, Behm was struggling to fasten the buttons of Augie’s red-plaid shirt when she realized he looked a lot like his uncle Aristotle Polites in one of his professional modeling shots.
Amused, she snapped a photo of Augie, split-screened it with a photo of her 28-year-old brother and sent it to members of her family, who thought it was hilarious. Inspired, Behm rifled through her brother’s Instagram account in search of photos she could have Augie replicate.
When she found a shot of Polites wearing a red Speedo and a pair of sneakers around his neck, she dressed Augie in a similar outfit and snapped away.
“Every Monday, I started posting a different image of Augie imitating Aris,” Behm tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “My family kept asking for more photos so I started an Instagram account to stockpile them all.”
Behm’s efforts are chronicled in a hilarious Instagram account called @babyandthebody with the hashtag #Whoworeitbetter. The project pits the toddler and his uncle in identical outfits and poses, from playing the guitar shirtless to pulling off handstands while wearing knee socks and playing basketball. “We usually shoot in the nursery, and recently, Augie’s started having more fun with it,” says Behm. “When I prop him up against the wall, he smiles.”
While Augie relaxes post-shoot, his sister, Delphie, sits on mom’s lap to help “edit” photos. “She’s like my lighting assistant,” says Behm.
In most cases, Behm just recreates her brother’s photos, but sometimes Polites gets into the act. “One time, Katina sent me a photo of Augie with cake smeared over his mouth, so I did the same,” Polites tells Yahoo Lifestyle. However, he credits Augie for his talent. “He’s getting his poses down and learning the craft of modeling,” says Polites. “Baby models make a lot.”
However, Behm says she has no plans to put her toddler to work. “It’s all in good fun and a way to rag on my little brother, whom I’m very proud of.”