Posing Nude While Pregnant Anyone?
When Demi Moore posed nude as a pregnant woman, I wanted to slap her. Why? Because she looked fabulous, and gorgeous, and soooooo unlike the way I looked pregnant. Then there was, of course, Britney; and now most recently Jessica Simpson. Sadly, all of these women have faced criticism and a great deal of judgment for their choice to pose nude while pregnant (but I bet those pictures bought an awful lot of diapers).
I think they are brave. And I think they are doing a wonderful thing. There are thousands upon thousands of airbrushed pictures of naked women online, on television, in magazines, etc., that seem to sexualize females. And here are women posing nude while they are pregnant, when their bodies are admittedly blooming with womanhood, shining with the sheer purpose of what our female bodies are designed to do: have children.
It’s sad that people would make negative comments about the pictures. And on the other hand, if you are going to post your naked pictures in front of the world, you should expect some criticism. The truth is I know hundreds of pregnant women who have belly shots, and who would have probably loved to have a professional, beautiful picture taken of them while they were pregnant.
My pregnancy-naked pictures came from the hospital. And they are hideous. A few were taken in the middle of a contraction (eek, thanks honey), while others were taken right after I had the baby and was a senseless, emotional mess. Suffice it to say, I didn’t look good. But if I were given the chance to have a beautified image of me taken while I was pregnant, I would have. Why not? Pregnancy is normal, natural, and completely beautiful.
It seems that as women try to celebrate their pregnancies, with belly painting, nude belly pictures, or any other ritual that helps them to accept and feel beautiful in their bodies – which are completely morphed by pregnancy – there are naysayers waiting in the wings to pass judgment. In other parts of the world, the pregnant woman is heralded as something amazing, beautiful, and photo-worthy.
Bottom line (for me at least) is I don’t think there is any reason to hate Jessica Simpson for her pregnancy pictures. And although I seriously doubt that Redbook, or any other magazine, would want to post pictures of me naked while I was pregnant, I think it’s cool that there are celebrities willing to do so – To show all of us that pregnancy, in all its glory, is beautiful.
What do you think? Are nude pregnancy pictures tacky or tactful? Would you or have you taken pictures of your nude body while pregnant?