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Fantasy: Bristol Palin in gowns by Lanvin, Carolina Herrera. Reality: working as a medical assistant, changing Tripp's diapers

May 26, 2010 |  4:31 pm

Sarah Palin has rarely been out of the headlines since she burst on the national scene as John McCain’s much more interesting and exceptionally well-dressed running mate in 2008.

Now daughter Bristol Palin seems to be following in Mommy’s footsteps, at least in the dressing department. The 19-year-old, most notable til now for her excruciatingly public unwed teen pregnancy, was photographed with son Tripp in a tea-party-themed (get it?)  fashion spread featuring gowns by Lanvin, Carolina Herrera, Isaac Mizrahi and Michael Kors in the June Harper’s Bazaar, hitting newsstands June 1.

In the accompanying interview she says that being pregnant during the campaign was “a shock for all of us.”

“It was kind of humiliating. ... Great, I’m 17 years old, I’m 40 pounds overweight with a big belly on me, all my friends are at school watching this on the news. This kind of sucks,” she told Harper’s.

Life now is different than she thought it would be. Instead of college, she is working as a medical assistant to help support herself and her child, and recently purchased a condo so she could move out of the family home. “I don’t have time for friends or anything like that. It’s just like, 'Right, crap, there is a hockey game tonight that I want to go to but I can’t,' " she said. "Or, I do have to go to work today, because I’ve got bills to pay.”

Bristol also is an ambassador for the Candie's Foundation, which combats teen pregnancy. But she says she loves her “Gerber baby” and is proud to be making it on her own.

-- Susan Denley

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Photo: Bristol Palin in a $4,385 Lanvin gown with son Tripp. Credit: Danielle Levitt / Harper's Bazaar