British model Erin O’Connor posed nude for fashion photographer Nick Knight at eight-and-a-half months pregnant
The iconic cover that started it all – Demi Moore on the August 1991 cover of Vanity Fair, photographed by Annie Leibowitz. Shot when Moore was seven months pregnant with her daughter Scout LaRue, Leibovitz intended the picture to portray “anti-Hollywood, anti-glitz” attitude – instead it sparked an intense controversy for Vanity Fair and Moore, and became one of the best-known magazine covers in history.
Claudia Schiffer appeared nude and eight months pregnant on the cover of the June 2010 issue of German Vogue, shot by Karl Lagerfeld. The supermodel was pregnant with her third child, a daughter named Cosima. Inside the issue Schiffer was photographed by Ellen Von Unwerth, Jan Welters, Francesco Carrozzini and Camilla Akrans in various Belly-enhancing poses.
Going for the ‘casually drenched in water whilst wearing a flimsy garment’ look, Brooke Shields covered US Vogue’s April 2003 issue whilst pregnant with her first child.
There’s an Apple cooking in that tummy. A Prada-clad and pregnant Gwyneth Paltrow on the cover of W Magazine in June 2004.
One of the original Supers, Cindy Crawford , covers the June 1999 issue of W, beating Gwyneth to it by five years. She was expecting her first child, Presley, at the time.
Sienna Miller was scrutinised for flaunting her naked pregnant form having just taken the press to court for invading her privacy. Nevertheless, she posed naked for artist Jonathan Yeo as part of one of his exhibitions.
Aussie earth-mother Miranda Kerr chose Vogue Australia to showcase her six-and-a-half-month-pregnant bump – making history in the process. Inside the issue she was photographed completely nude, à la Demi. Kerr also appeared on the Balenciaga catwalk at five months pregnant.
Completely nude and expecting her second child, a raven-haired Britney Spears attempted to give Demi a run for her money, but didn’t quite achieve it.
Julia Restoin Roitfeld was styled by her mum Carine Roitfeld, the former editor-in-chief of Paris Vogue, for this i-D cover, which was published just before she gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Romy, in May 2012.
The February 2005 issue of Vitals magazine saw Heidi Klum bursting out of a sheer negligee, looking every inch the maternal goddess. Klum famously returned to the Victoria’s Secret catwalk just five weeks after the birth of her fourth child in 2009.
Screen siren Monica Bellucci bared her bump for not one but two Vanity Fair covers – one in 2007 and another in 2010.
Former Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret model Marissa Miller showcased her pregnant form in all its glory to Allure magazine in 2012.
Christina Aguilera donned just a cropped leather jacket on the January 2008 cover of Marie Claire, whilst pregnant with her son, Max.
Gisele was captured pre-birth for US Vogue by Patrick Demarchelier in an ethereal sheer gown. Following the birth of her first child, Benjamin Rein, she appeared in an extensive feature for the publication extolling the virtues of a natural, home birth.
Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio bared her heavily pregnant tummy for photographer Boo George just one day before giving birth to her second child, Noah, in May 2012. The image appeared in the seventh issue of LOVE magazine.
After announcing her pregnancy by dressing up as a mummy for Halloween (see what she did there?), it seemed like Jessica Simpson had the gestational period of an elephant, so endless was the coverage of her ever-transforming body. Fighting the critics, billionaire Simpson appeared nude and ready to drop on the April 2012 cover of US Elle, and inside revealed she was having a little girl. Awww.
Super diva Mariah Carey was always going to want to grab the headlines when it came to the birth of her spoilt-rotten twins Morrocan and Monroe – or Roc and Roe as they are called – and she did just that by posing for Life & Style.
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Aussie model and host of Project Runway Australia Megan Gale bared her burgeoning bump on the May 2014 cover of Marie Claire Australia. The 38-year-old L’Oreal Paris ambassador described feeling ‘terrified’ about the shoot, explaining: “when you’re in your mid-20s, things are firmer and perkier and just all round better…this is quite daunting for me to do at 38″.
Eva Herzigova leaves a little more to the imagination on the cover of the February 2007 issue of Vanity Fair, whilst pregnant with her first son, George.