Throughout Rihanna’s pregnancy, she routinely made headlines for her iconic maternity style — and there’s a very good reason for that. She rocked a whole slew of sexy, chic numbers that ranged from sheer black lace to a leather mini-dress. The singer was all about experimenting with her look and proved that maternity fashion can be smoking hot.
“I’m enjoying not having to worry about covering up my tummy. If I feel a little chubby, it’s like, whatever! It’s a baby!” she told PEOPLE. “…Right now, being pregnant, some days you just feel like, ‘Ugh, I just want to lay here on this couch all day.’ But when you put on a little face and a little lipstick, you transform.”
We took a look back at some of the sexiest celebrity maternity looks out there, with cameos from Chrissy Teigen, Blake Lively, Ashley Graham, and more. Prepare your eyes for a sultry yellow gown, a barely-there lace number, and some seriously stunning red velvet. Three cheers to pregnant celebrity moms showing off their fierce, sexy style — don’t you be afraid to embrace empowering fashion during your pregnancy, too!
A version of this article was originally published in March 2022.
Rihanna needed a stunning dress to accompany her breathtaking Oscars performance of “Lift Me Up” from Black Pather: Wakanda Forever, and boy did she deliver. The singer’s strapless black dress was covered in crystals, including sparkly strands reminiscent of peacock feathers that draped perfectly over her baby bump. The skirt of the dress was made of a subtle black lace, and her elbow-length black leather gloves pulled the whole iconic look together.
Rihanna reminded the world why she is a maternity fashion icon during her walk down the champagne carpet (ICYMI: They swapped the traditional red for a champagne color!) at the Oscars.
The black leather dress by Alaia featured a stunning train, sexy horizontal cutouts along her upper thigh, a leather band around her chest, black mesh sleeves, and black mesh around her growing bump that she craddled with pride.
Heather Rae El Moussa
Selling Sunset‘s Heather Rae El Moussa showed up to the 2022 Peoples’ Choice Awards in a sheer glittering down with a black bandeau and briefs to match, pairing strappy stilettos with her sparkling look. She told TODAY, “I wanted to be a little bold for the red carpet since I am pregnant and I wanted to show off my baby boy.” She looked ultra glam with her bump on full display, so we’d say mission accomplished.
Chrissy Teigen showed off her rainbow baby bump at the 2022 Primetime Emmys while wearing a semi-sheer shimmering gown, looking radiant and happy as ever.
The supermodel loves styling her bump, and according to her, the bigger the better! She wrote on her Instagram in another shot of a sexy maternity look, “The in-between stage is my least fun stage. Just be huge already please!!!!”
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We have to share a little more Chrissy fashion because she looked so elegantly stunning in her bump-hugging, rose-embossed gown at the 2016 Academy Awards.
Sophie Turner looked glamorous showing off her baby bump at the Met Gala on May 2, 2022, which had a “Gilded Age” theme. She wore a long black Louis Vuitton gown with silver medieval-style beading on the front. Her monochromatic red hair and makeup added ample sex factor to her gothic look for a 12/10 hot mom ensemble.
Shay Mitchell slayed the preggo fashion game during her appearance on What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in March 2022. The actress and entrepreneur wore a sparkling silver mini-dress with a deep V-shaped neckline showing off her cleave paired with a metallic gold jacket, silver strappy heels, and chunky silver hoops.
Rihanna wore one stunning maternity look after another throughout her pregnancy. She arrived at the Dior Womenswear fashion show rocking this sheer, lacy lingerie number, and we simply can’t take our eyes off of her.”You put some clothes on, and it’s like, when you look good, you feel good,” she told People. “I’ve heard that for a very long time, but it’s true. It really can get you up off that couch and make you feel like a bad bitch.”
In 2016, Blake Lively attended the 69th Cannes Film Festival wearing a glittery baby blue maternity gown — complete with a sassy slit and a chic cutout at the bust.
“I like dressing up,” Lively told USA Today. “It’s fun. I don’t have a stylist. It’s very personal. It’s a lot of thought. I’m the one who goes online and finds the outfits, I call them in and try them all on. But I love that. That’s why I enjoy old Hollywood. There was beauty in the presentation.”
Blake Lively … Again!
Okay, okay. We’re going to have to give one last shout-out to Blake Lively’s maternity style. Here she is, looking radiant, fabulous, and goddess-like rocking a backless black number at the Ninth Annual Women of Worth Awards in 2014.
Ashley Graham looked jaw-droppingly gorgeous when she arrived at the 2019 Savage x Fenty show wearing a curve-hugging sheer black dress with neon green accessories.
“Ashley has stayed very true to herself and her personal fashion,” Jordan Foster, Graham’s stylist told Vogue. “We never discussed changing her look—she even wore a latex dress with a full bump!”
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And because it’s simply too freaking sexy not to share, here’s said red latex dress. Yes, mom; slay, mom!
Beyoncé looked nothing short of an ethereal goddess in her 2017 Grammy Awards performance ensemble. Her sheer gown featured intricate gold beading, and she wore stunning gold jewelry and a gorgeous gilded headpiece to complete the incredible maternity look.
A pregnant Ciara arrived at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party rocking the most stunning deep red velvet gown. She accompanied the look with a glittery ruby choker and sleek honey-toned tresses.
Despite making it look effortless, Ciara has been super real about the struggles of pregnancy. “My body was so achy, I thought I was going to need a cane at the end of my pregnancy, to be honest,” she told E! News in 2020. “I was penguin-walking throughout the house at the end, but the creativity helped me get through it all and it was a blessing to be able to go to.”
The singer stunned once again at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar party in a sheer, sparkling gunmetal number that hugged her bump and draped around her curves perfectly — we couldn’t help but share this gorgeous gown as well!
Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge brought her inner fierce feline to the Nashville Creator Awards in 2018, showing off her baby bump in a skin-tight cheetah print dress with knee-high black boots for added sex factor.
Kerry Washington stunned at the 2016 Emmys in a simple yet elegant black gown with cutouts just under her cleavage to show off her baby bump.
Carrie Underwood stepped out with her baby bump on full display at the 2018 CMT Artists of the Year event. She wore a glittering iridescent blue mini dress with a peek-a-boo cutout showing off a little leg for a whole lot of hot mam.
Olivia Wilde looked gorgeous in green at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards wearing a floor-length gown with cutouts at the waist and shoulder, giving a hint of a glimpse at her pregnant belly.
The actress and director told Shape in 2015, per E! News, “I loved being pregnant. I felt unapologetically curvy, sexy, and intensely feminine.”
Kim Kardashian arrived at the LACMA 2015 Art+Film Gala wearing an ultra chic, ultra sexy maternity look comprised of a sheer lace jumpsuit, a long black duster, and a chunky silver choker. She added a vampy burgundy lip to add a little extra sexy something to the ensemble.
Kardashian’s motto on pregnancy style? “My theory is happy mommy, happy baby, so whatever makes me feel good, I wanna wear,” she told Good Morning America.
Jessie James Decker
Jessie James Decker arrived at the 2017 CMA Awards in a red off-the-shoulder gown that hugged her pregnant curves in all the right places. She drew attention to her décolleté with drop-style gemstone earrings and her hair pulled away from her shoulders in elegant waves.
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