Pregnant model Raffaella Fico on Milan's runways.
Once upon a time being a pregnant model was potentially career wrecking stuff. The stretch marks! The weight gain! The lying to your bookers! But there’s change afoot for 2012; the new rule for expecting models is…. the more preggers the better. In fact, you could also expect a little more limelight than usual, too*. Avec-child super-beings are now regular fashion photo shoot subjects and they’re more than welcome on the catwalks. We all remember the buzz created by Demi Moore’s perfect bump cover of Vanity Fair back in 1991; now we’re inundated with revealing mid and post-bump A-list photos. It’s just another marvellous silhouette for fashion peeps to work with!
The baby-mama trend was highlighted last week when 24 year old Italian model – and six months pregnant - Raffaella Fico walked the Milan runways. (If you recognise her name it’s because she claims that wild footballer Mario Balotelli is her unborn child’s baby daddy; he's not so sure.) There was no trying to hide le bump, instead, the proud mum-to-be flaunted her fabulousness in a teeny weeny bikini and matchy sarong. Well, it was a S/S’13 show.
Baby mama models Miranda Kerr and Alessandra Ambrosio do the catwalk bump.
She’s not the first to grace the catwalk while expecting; Sophia Cahill went the extra mile for LFW a few seasons ago, stealing the spotlight totally butt naked, Miranda Kerr took to the Balenciaga stage with a fairly invisible curve, and earlier this year Victoria’s Secret chick Alessandra Ambrosio sashayed the Brazil runways complete with a bump. Alessandra’s fellow Angel Adriana Lima is set to be the first ever lady to get her pregnant silhouette into the Pirelli calendar for 2013, but considering this infamously saucy calendar is full of super-fit girls for boys to ogle over, we’re not 100 per cent convinced this is the right place for it. What do you think?
*We’re not encouraging such practice, obvs.