Models Who Walked the Runway While Pregnant During New York Fashion Week
Although no one knew it at the time, Gigi Hadi was expecting her first child with longtime boyfriend Zayn Malik when she walked in NYFW in February 2020.
“Tommy told me I was the first pregnant woman who’d ever walked his runway. It was kind of like a block party in Harlem, all kinds of women, all genders, all races, and everybody’s heels were so high,” she told Vogue of the Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya show in 2019.
First, she walked the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, where she hid her growing belly beneath a swathe of body jewels. But a few months later, that same bump was on full display when she walked at the Colcci Show in January 2012.
When Irina Shayk walked the Victoria’s Secret Runway Show in late 2016, she hadn’t even publicly announced yet that she and Bradley Cooper were expecting their first child — and she was in her second trimester at the time.
“I just think it is a really lovely way to celebrate a period in what some women go through and it is nice to celebrate all the different ways your body changes," she said about walking the David Jones Spring-Summer NYFW runway at 15 weeks pregnant.
In 2015, Aussie model Ashleigh Good closed Chanel’s NYFW show by, you know, casually strolling down the runway seven months pregnant, arm-in-arm with fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld.
In March 2015, Italian model Bianca Balti walked the F/W15 show for Dolce & Gabbana. Just one month later, she welcomed her second daughter, Mia McRae.
She took to Instagram following her second pregnant runway experience. “So proud to walk the @brandonmaxwell runway 5 months pregnant! I’ve walked a few runways in my life and this is a moment that I’ll look back on forever with great emotion.
In 2018, Slick Woods walked the Savage x Fenty show at NYFW — and it sent her into labor. She finished strutting her stuff, medics were called and Woods delivered her baby boy at a nearby hospital mere hours after the runway.
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