‘Your poor children’: Mum, 24, who wears dead doll head earrings, pixie ears and skeleton patterns on the school run hits back at trolls who say she ‘shouldn’t be a mother’

  • Mum with wacky fashion sense says trolls regularly bash her for looking different
  • The mother-of-three receives comments telling her she’s a bad influence 
  • But Zoe Smith, 24, is bringing her children up to be happy with non-conformity

A mum who proudly wears eccentric clothes and accessories to pick her children up from school has revealed strangers troll her online for her fashion choices.

Zoe Smith, 24, from Devon, is mum and carer to her five-year-old twins, Haylan and Hunter, who are autistic, as well as four-year-old Harlen.

The mum opts for brightly coloured wigs and hair dyes, gothic skimpy outfits featuring corsets and fishnet tights, and even stick-on ears to resemble a pixie.

But while she feels there is pressure for mothers to ‘conform’ by restricting more alternative style choices, when Zoe ditched her trademark look after giving birth to the twins, she felt like something was missing and that she had ‘dropped a part’ of herself.

Zoe Smith has received hate for her eccentric personal style that includes pixie ears and ‘dead baby doll’ earrings

Zoe Smith with her son Harlen (left) and daughter Haylan. The mother says her children are supportive of her unique choices

Zoe decided to re-embrace her wacky side after having her twins and realising that a more traditional look wasn’t for her

She decided to re-embrace her favourite clothes wholeheartedly in lockdown and dyed her hair bright colours.

She even started doing the school run in elaborate get-ups including spiked boots, a full-body skeleton coat and fairy make-up.

As far as her children are concerned, Zoe says they are supportive of her unique choices, explaining: ‘They all love my pixie ears.

When Zoe’s non-verbal son Hunter sees her makeup, he gives her sweet looks and makes it known he enjoys her fairy ears

Harlen (pictured) sometimes asks his mum why she’s wearing elf ears and will often compliment the colours she wears

‘Hunter – who is non-verbal – always gives me the sweetest looks when he sees me in full fairy make-up, ears and all.

‘Sometimes he just laughs at me – I had a dramatic black eyeshadow on one day that covered most of my face, and he did a double take and just giggled at me.

‘The other two don’t usually mention my make-up unless it’s to compliment the colours, but Harlen has asked me a few times “Mama, why do you have elf ears on?”.

‘I don’t think he believes me when I tell him I’m part-fairy!’

While the reaction to her unique look in public is generally positive, online Zoe faces harsher critics when she shares clips of her outfits on TikTok with her 179,000 followers

While she finds the public reaction to her clothes ‘overwhelmingly positive’, Zoe admits she attracts a lot of stares, and occasionally hears people laughing and talking about her on the street.

Her favourite earrings – a dangling pair of dead baby heads – have caused the biggest stir.

Zoe said: ‘People seem hugely shocked at the baby head earrings – over everything else, that seems to be the thing that’s provoked the most reactions.

‘How can you have dead babies on your ears when you have children?’ was my favourite, I’ve had that a few times.

When she’s walking down the street in an outlandish getup, the mum attracts stares, and occasionally hears people laughing and talking about her

Zoe urges others not to be afraid to dress differently or to change their style just because they have children. Pictured with Harlen

‘They’re doll heads, not realistic in the slightest.;

‘It’s usually silly things that people pick at so it doesn’t bother me – all the best people are weird, after all.’

While the reaction to her unique look in public is generally positive, online Zoe faces harsher critics when she shares clips of her outfits on TikTok with her 179,000 followers.

One person commented: ‘Imagine this is your mom. Poor kids.’

While some may think wild clothes are harmful for her children, Zoe argues that she’s fostering an environment where her children feel safe to explore their identities without the negative attitude that often comes from a lot of parents 

‘U shouldn’t be a mum ur kids probs are embarrassed,’ said another user. [sic]

Someone else added: ‘I thought people grew out of this when they became mothers?’

But Zoe insists her fashion choices don’t affect her children – and instead teach them to embrace their own styles.

She said: ‘From a parenting perspective, your appearance really doesn’t matter.’

Lockdown saw Zoe embracing her colourful side and wearing whatever she wanted without caring what others think

Zoe started experimenting with makeup with her children and allows them to choose their own clothes and whether or not they want their hair cut. Pictured with Harlen on a walk

‘All that matters is that you set an example of kindness and empathy, and that you’re there for them when they need you – that’s it.’

‘Women are told that motherhood looks one way and one way only and anything other than that is morally wrong, but women don’t just lose all of their interests once they have children.’

‘The idea that we should give large parts of ourselves up as soon as we bring another life into the world is absurd really.’

‘It’s really harmful, a lot of new mothers seem to say that they lose parts of themselves along the way and I wonder if this is partly why.’

Zoe will often do the school run in elaborate get-ups including spiked boots, a full-body skeleton coat and fairy make-up

Instead, the young mum urges others to follow in her footsteps and embrace their own personal style – no matter how unique.

Zoe added: ‘Don’t be afraid to dress differently or to change your style just because you have children, or because you feel like you’re too old, or because you’re worried about what people think.’

‘I feel like I’m setting the example that it’s OK to be who you want to be, that it’s OK to experiment with style and do things that go against what other people do.’

‘[My kids and I have] just started experimenting with makeup together which is fun, they’re all allowed to choose their own clothes and whether or not they want their hair cut.’

‘They’ll be allowed to dye their hair when they get a little bigger, only with safe dyes of course.’

‘Above all I just want to foster an environment where my children feel safe to explore their identities without the negative attitude that often comes from a lot of parents, and to be a safe space to push back from societies pressure to conform.’

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