Did you ever wear a swimsuit when you were pregnant? I sure did. I was heavily pregnant in the middle of a hot, Texas summer and a spent most of my days cooling off in the pool. My swimsuit was a white two-piece number with a bottom that went up to my armpits and a top that went half-way down to my knees. It was modest, to say the least.
But modest was the look I was going for. Back then, covering up your baby bump was just what you did. But then along came a pregnant Demi Moore and her nude cover shot for Vanity Fair. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Claudia Schiffer and other celebs soon followed suit. In fact, right this minute you can see Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr’s baby bump (and more!) on the cover of the December issue of “W.”
So, the pregnant belly has been transformed from something we hide under yards of fabric to something we eagerly flaunt in public. But how eager would you be to flaunt yours in a bikini?
For fourteen years, a radio station in San Diego has been not only encouraging pregnant women to wear bikinis, they’ve been awarding prizes for those who do it best. Just like a regular beauty contest, the women in the Rock 105.3 Pregnant Bikini Pageant parade around in uncomfortable shoes and strike poses for an appreciative audience. But unlike a regular beauty contest, these gorgeous ladies are sporting giant baby bumps.
As my colleague over at Being Pregnant points out, these ladies aren’t supermodels who have been airbrushed to perfection for a magazine cover. They are real pregnant ladies with some jiggly bits, dimples and rolls. But while they may not be “perfect,” they still look amazing and nothing like I did when I was pregnant.
Even if hadn’t had that thick brown line stretching down the middle of my belly and an enormous butt, I don’t think I would have been able to pull that off. Which is too bad because I sure could have used a wolf whistle or two.
What about you? Did you – would you – wear a bikini while pregnant? Would you strut your stuff in a pregnant bikini contest?
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