Be pregnant and proud!
At the not-so-long-ago Film Festival in Cannes, French actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg took maternity wear to a whole new level by arriving for the premiere of her film Melancholia in a sheer black dress, clearly exposing a see-through bra.
The provocative gown, which boasted a plunging neckline that cut down to her burgeoning bump, stunned onlookers who stood agape as the actress strolled down the red carpet.
Gainsbourg’s attire begs the question: how much is too much? Modern society teaches women to be proud of their burgeoning baby bumps and yet, as an aesthetic expression of love, a baby bump is undeniably personal. Or is it?
Why should you not be pregnant and proud?!
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I didn’t think twice about strutting around in a string bikini on a holiday in Croatia; I loved my bump and wanted to show it off. And yet I look at Charlotte Gainsbourg’s get-up with judgmental horror etched across my face.
My attitude smacks of hypocrisy.
In my defense, there is a mitigating factor and it is called ‘context.’ A bikini on a beach might be considered perhaps a tad more appropriate than exposing all (or most) at a red-carpet event. Does the Gainsbourg dress cheapen pregnancy? And should the actress care what we think anyway?
In all likelihood, she doesn’t. Good on her!
When considering the issue of how much pregnant belly and body is okay to expose, I am reminded of Demi Moore’s seven-month-pregnant, naked body on the cover of Vanity Fair.
In 1991, the frank portrayal of a pregnant sex symbol led to divided opinions, ranging from complaints of sexual objectification to celebrations of the photograph as a symbol of empowerment. Ten years later, the argument remains the same…
I think Demi stripped pregnant was brave and gorgeous but I am not so sure about Miss Gainsbourg’s dress – is there a difference? I don’t know.
What I do believe is that we should do what makes us comfortable whilst remembering to be pregnant and proud! Pregnant women have nothing to prove!
On that note, women have nothing to prove.
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