Photo Credit: Natasha Hill/Facebook
Update: It turns out that the baby name contest was a big hoax, and so-called mom-to-be Natasha Hill, who claimed to have won $5,000 for agreeing to let strangers on the Internet name her baby, is actually a not-pregnant actress named Natasha Lloyd, who was hired to help boost publicity for Belly Ballot.
Lucky mom-to-be Natasha Hill won $5,000 from Babynames.net, according to BuzzFeed. All she has to do in exchange is let strangers name her baby. Eighty applicants put their own names in the virtual hat to allow their babies to be named in the website's online voting app, Belly Ballot, which allows people to include their friends and family in the naming process. Parents-to-be enter a list of names, circulate the options, and everybody votes. (Presumably, even mothers-in-law!) That's not that weird.
However, Mommy Hill will not be entering her favorite names into a digital list. According to the contest rules, Babynames.net will "select a number of currently trending names, and names sponsored by our Advertisers to be listed on the ballot."
Advertisers get a say? Wow. In all fairness, the competition was dubbed the "Belly Branding Contest" so it's not like Hill didn't know what she was getting into. She agreed to let her baby’s name be "branded." On March 18th, the names selected will be revealed and then the voting begins.
If the ads on Babynames.net are any indication, this lucky winner could end up mothering an adorable Adobe or a darling Ford. Hill told HuffPost Parents, she is not concerned about the lack of control over her baby's name. "I think a child's name has very little to do with how well their life is going to go," she said.
That's great news for Hashtag.
Lela Davidson is the author of Blacklisted from the PTA and Who Peed on My Yoga Mat? Her thoughts on marriage, motherhood, and life-after-40 have appeared in hundreds of magazines, websites, and anthologies.