More and more women are celebrating their growing bellies with a maternity photo shoot. Enlisting the help of a professional photographer is becoming the latest pregnancy trend. Photographer, Bob Berg, of Bellies by Bob maternity and newborn photography, thinks every mom-to-be should document the special moments of pregnancy. “It's important for women to document this time,” he told PEOPLE Moms & Babies. “You change so strongly, and I really believe there is a glow. It's just the most beautiful moment.”
Pregnancy is no longer something to be hidden behind closed doors or baggy clothes. Today, it is celebrated in full force, and we can thank Demi Moore for that. Her iconic nude maternity photo appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair in 1991. That photo was a game changer for all the pregnant women to come. It broke the mold and opened new doors that encourage pregnant women to be comfortable in their own skin.
Maternity pictures are so trendy that they are now expected from all moms-to-be, especially celebrities. There is a very long list of celebrities that have followed in Moore’s footsteps and decided to bare it all. Her photo has been recreated numerous times and it is done beautifully every time. Now that people are able to embrace the beauty of a pregnant woman's body, the maternity photo shoots are filled with more and more creativity. Celebrities aren't scared of the backlash from critics. They stand strong together and support the glory of growing a baby.
Keep reading to see the list of celebrities who decided to bare it all for a maternity photo shoot.
15 Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford Bared it all on the cover of W magazine. The shoot took place in Aril 1999 while she was seven months pregnant with her first child. The photo came out in the magazines June issue. The photo is a classic black and white silhouette. Crawford is using only her hand to cover her exposed breast. She is absolutely stunning on her own. She doesn't need any props, fabric or flowers to get the perfect picture. The magazine ran with the headline “Naked Angel” and they couldn't have said it any better.
Fans can still buy the 1992 June issue of W Magazine that features the “Nake Angel” supermodel. It's available for $20 on Amazon.
On June 2, 1999, Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber welcomed their son Presley. The now teenager Presley is following in his supermodel mothers footsteps. He made his first run way debut during Jeremy Scott’s Moschino Resort show in June 2016.
14 Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is no amateur when it comes to a photo shoot. She has posed for her fair share of portraits, but none were as emotional or as personal as the unveiling of her baby bump. The legendary singer posed for the cover of Life & Style when she was just days away from giving birth to twins.
Her husband at the time, Nick Cannon said, “I'm more attracted to my wife than ever.”
During the photo shoot she was glowing with radiance. Her long hair was flowing softly down past her shoulders and covered her breasts. The successful singer looked as relaxed as ever.
Carey told Life & Style magazine, “I was feeling very vulnerable about taking pictures at all right now, but then I didn't want to miss this opportunity to document this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
On April 30, 2011, Mariah Carey and Nick Canon welcomed theirs twins Moroccan and Monroe at a Los Angles Hospital. It was also the day of their wedding anniversary!
13 Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian shut down all her haters when she posted a pregnant nude selfie on Instagram. She was sick of all her critics questioning weather or not she was pregnant. The completely nude picture was snapped by Kim K herself in the mirror. The picture also came with a rather lengthy caption. She expressed the lose-lose situation she feelt trapped in.
“First they say I'm too skinny so I have to be faking it...Now they say I'm too big so I have to be faking it...SMH!” Wrote Kardashian. She is known for her glam, however, he glam isn't what makes her beautiful. Take away all the make up, clothes and jewelry and she will still be flawless - pregnant or not!
One of our favorite quotes from the rather long caption is when Kardashian said, “Everyone’s body is different! I've learned to love my body at every stage!”
On December 5, 2014, Kim welcomed her baby boy, Saint.
12 Christina Aguilera
In 2008 the issue of Marie Claire featuring Christina Aguilera hit the newsstands nationally on December 11. She was pregnant and bared it all! On the cover she is wearing a short, unzipped jacket with nothing underneath. Her belly is exposed and her skin is glowing. Another picture from Marie Claire shows the singer totally naked wearing nothing but a big smile and heels.
Max Liron Bratman was born on January 12, 2008.
Christina did it again for baby number 2. This time she was featured in V Magazine. One stunning black and white shot shows the singer arching her back and holding her breast. In another picture she is wearing a sheer nightgown - Yep! We can see the nipples as she cradles her baby bump.
“As a woman, I'm proud to embrace my body through all stages of life, staying fearless and confident in surrendering to the unknowns the future has in stare,” Christina told V Magazine.
Summer Rain was born on August 16, 2014.
11 Britney Spears
In 2006, Britney Spears was featured on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar’s August issue. She is sitting nude wearing nothing but a huge Louis Vuitton necklace. Her arms are crossed and her hands are covering her breasts. Britney has a big smile on her face and she looks stunning. The pop star had dark brown hair which is very different from how we're used to seeing the blonde bombshell.
“I'm not supposed to be this huge pregnant superstar,” Spears told the magazine, “it made me want to cry a little bit, doing these photos. I started feeling like myself again.”
Another photo shows the star laying down draped in a mink coat and a bikini bottom. Weather she is modeling with diamonds or a snake, pregnant or not pregnant, we can count on Spears to be stunning. Harper’s Bazaarcalled her a provocative beauty.
Spears gave birth to her second son, Jayden James, on September 12, 2006.
10 Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys isn't shy about her thoughts on the world we live in. She strives to promote peace on everything from gun control to gay rights. When she was pregnant for the second time, Alicia posted a nude photo on Instagram. It wasn't just any nude photo. She was around 6 months pregnant, nude and making a stand. Her pregnant belly was painted with a white peace sign. Her caption, “Its me and you on a mission to create a kinder and more peaceful world. The #WeAreHere movement begins today.”
The day after she Bared it all on Instagram, Keys spoke in New York City. “As I prepare to give birth to my new child, I can't help but think what world I’m bringing the baby into,” Said Keys. “We see the state of the world today and we can all feel the frustration and the desire to do something to make it better.”
Keys took to Instagram again to announce the birth of her second baby. On December 27 Genesis Ali Dean was born.
9 Kelly Rowland
In 2014, Kelly Rowland posed for a beautiful nude maternity shoot for Elle.com. Fans weren't surprised to see the fierce mom-to-be take the leap into a nude photo shoot. We watched her baby bump grow through Instagram posts. She also posted some great pregnant workouts. Staying fit remained a priority throughout her pregnancy, so it's no wonder she looked amazing in her pictures.
“Everybody always tells you to go crazy with food, and you can eat whatever you want,” said Rowland. “It's fine to have cravings but I wanted an easier delivery. All the women that I've talked to, that have worked out, have such an easy and speedy delivery. Exercise really helps that.”
The former Destiny’s child member welcomed her baby boy, Titan Jewell, on November 5, 2014. PEOPLE was the first the report the news and Rowland said in a statement, “We are blessed to report everyone is healthy and happy!”
8 Miranda Kerr
Miranda Kerr made pregnancy look sexier than ever! She took it all off, and showed some nipple, for the December family issue of W magazine in 2010. The beautiful black and white photo was a classic side silhouette that showed off her beautiful and perfect curves.
The Victoria's Secret model made it clear that she wasn't in a hurry to get back to work. To her, family is everything.
“My career has been wonderful, but it's not my life,” said Kerr. “I don't feel pressure to get back to work.”
When the first photo was revealed of Kerr and her little one, it was obvious that she couldn't be happier. She revealed that she did not use any pain medication, but also admitted it was a “long arduous and difficult labor.” Kerr welcomed her larger than average baby, Flynn, on January 6, 2011. He weighed 9 pounds and 12 ounces!
7 Alessandra Ambrosio
Alessandra Ambrosio, the Brazilian supermodel, was eight months pregnant when she posed nude for a new campaign for Brazilian jewelery firm Vivara. We highly doubt anyone was looking at the jewelry though! The pregnant mother of one was standing in a window surrounded with see through drapes. She was wearing nothing but jewelry.
When she spoke about the campaign, she said, “A nude photo shoot was good, because pregnancy makes me much more confident. I'm proud of my body to be generating a life.”
Ambrosio was determined to be back to her 34-25-34 size after the baby. While she was pregnant she said, “I already have jobs planned for afterwards so hopefully will be back in shape.”
On Monday, May 7, 2012 the Victoria's Secret model welcomed her son, Noah Phoenix, in Florianopolis, Brazil.
She was asked to model the coveted ‘Fantasy Bra’ in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show following the birth of her second baby.
6 Claudia Schiffer
Claudia Schiffer was one of many who adopted the widely imitated pose that Demi Moore made famous. Her photo appeared on the cover of German Vogue. While the cover photo might not be originally creative, it was not any less beautiful. However, the photos inside had fans dropping their jaws.
The pregnant 39-year-old was shown in a more risqué sort of way. She was reclined back on a red plush velvet sofa. She wore black underwear, heels and a black mask. These pictures were certainly creative and intriguing.
The model said something really strange happened after she had kids. Schiffer said, “Before my pregnancies, I was someone who had to watch their weight. I had a personal trainer, I was working out, I would never eat anything sweet. I got pregnant and when I was breastfeeding it just came off. I can eat whatever I want. If I don't eat enough, I will loose weight.”
5 Jessica Simpson
The April, 2012 Issue of Elle featured a pregnant Jessica Simpson cradling her belly nude. It's not shocking to see a celebrity embrace their pregnant bodies with a nude photo shoot, but it was surprising to see Simpson. She is typically one to keep her bump covered. As if J Simp fans weren't surprised enough to see her on the cover, the magazine also had the big gender reveal inside. It's a…GIRL!
The singer and fashion star told Elle magazine that she hoped her daughter would develop a keen sense of style. Simpson was quoted, “I swear, I will croak if she asks me for a pair of Nikes instead of Christian Louboutins!”
Simpson went on to say that she was worried her husbands love of sports would rub off on their daughter. She just wants to take her daughter shopping, can we blame her?
Maxwell Drew Johnson was born May 1, 2012 and she has a great sense of style!
4 Kourtney Kardashian
Kourtney Kardashian bared more than just her baby bump for Dujour magazine. Kardasian was expecting her third child when the photos were taken. One picture shows the star in a soaking wet white dress, and yes it is totally see through. Another picture shows her cradling her belly dropped in a white satin robe. In the third picture, she is wearing nothing but a feathered bib.
“I had done a nude shoot when I was pregnant with Mason, really last minute just for myself, and I love it,” Kardashian told DuJuor. “This time we were shooting for our show, and everyone on our camera crew was like, ‘You are so comfortable just walking around naked and pregnant!”
She added, “To me, nudity is not something to be ashamed of. I'm not embarrassed of my body. I'm at my best when I'm pregnant.”
Kardasian welcomed her third child, a baby boy, on December 22, 2014. His name is Reign Aston Disick.
3 Kris Jenner
On August 7 2014, Kourtney Kardashian shared an unexpected photo on Instagram. She shared one of the once private photos of herself pregnant with her first child Mason. Beside the photo of herself was a photo of her mom, Kris Jenner, posing the exact same way. Pregnant and naked! The caption fit the picture perfectly reading, “I got it from my mama.”
Jenner’s photo is from 1987, when she was pregnant with her son Rob. On Rob’s 25th birthday in 2012 he got a nice surprise from him mother. She posted the nude pregnant photo on her blog. Nice birthday gift, mom!
Jenner took her nude maternity picture before the infamous Demi Moore photo. It was kept private for many years, but now it's out there for the world to see. Jenner has been a creative genius for quiet a while. Now, she has the picture to prove it!
2 Beyoncé Knowles
When Beyoncé Knowles announced she was expecting twins via Instagram, it became the most-liked Instagram ever. She shared more than a dozen pregnancy photos on her website telling fans, “I have three hearts.”
This was not a typical maternity shoot. She posed completely nude in one black and white set picture. Another fan favorite shows Beyoncé standing topless in an array of foliage. She is wearing panty hose with printed flowers on them. This photo is beautiful and exotic. She is nude, but covering all her most private parts.
Beyoncé also shared sweet photos of her daughter, Blue Ivy, kissing her belly. She wore a lacy bra and covered her bottom for the photos with her daughter, the big sister to be. Perhaps the sweetest photo of the bunch was a shot of little Blue kissing her moms belly.
Sherry Ross, MD, OB/GYN and author of She-ology, The Definitive Guide To Women's Intimate Health, tells Hollywoodlife.com, “By the time Coachella arrives, she will be around 30 weeks.”
We expect the twins will come sometime in June!
1 Demi Moore
Demi Moore appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair in August, 1991. When the magazine hit the stands it was very controversial. The cover has made a long lasting impact in our society. Today, there is a long list of celebrities who have followed in Moores footsteps. We could even call it a trend.
The cover shows Moore standing completely nude, seven months pregnant, one hand covering her breast and the other holding her belly. Several celebrities, some on this list, have recreated this iconic photo. While many felt this was a powerful artistic statement, other critics called it grotesque and obscene.
Annie Leibovitz, the photographer, says the original consensus was that the pregnancy would be disguised, or it would be a head portrait. On the day of the shoot, after a series of outfits, Leibovitz suggested the nudes. One of the photos was chosen for the cover and now it has a life of its own.
Sources: hollywoodlife.com, eonline.com, usmagazine.com, dailymail.co.uk. PEOPLE