When you think of models on the runway, you probably don’t think of pregnant women. But if the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that New York Fashion Week is surprisingly bump-friendly. Ashley Graham welcomed baby boy Isaac only a few months after becoming the first pregnant model to walk a Tommy Hilfiger show. And Slick Woods gave birth to her son mere hours after strutting down the Savage x Fenty runway in 2018 — she was in labor during the show!
Of course, not all pregnant models who’ve walked the runway have chosen to put their baby bump on full display. In fact, there are likely quite a few models who walked in NYFW when they were preggers that we’ll never even know about. Some, like Irina Shayk, hid their baby bumps while on the runway but chose to open up about their exciting news after the fact.
Bottom line? Mamas can do hard things. That includes giving birth, of course, but it also includes strutting their stuff in stilettos while balancing their beautiful baby bumps. Keep scrolling to see which models have walked at NYFW with a bun in the oven and, in the process, proven that nothing (not even haute couture) can compete with the glow of an expectant mama.
A version of this article was originally published September 2020.