Mariah Carey is baring her twin-filled belly on this week’s Life & Style cover. From Gwyneth Paltrow to Christina Aguilera, see more revealing photos of beautiful mothers-to-be.
As the due date for Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s twins nears, the Grammy-winning singer decided to show off her pregnant belly on the cover of Life & Style magazine. "I was feeling very vulnerable about taking pictures at all right now, but then I didn't want to miss this opportunity to document this once-in-a-lifetime experience," Carey told the tabloid. "My ultimate goal was to share this incredibly personal moment with my true fans." Cannon, who is 12 years Carey’s junior, said he has “a whole new appreciation and admiration” for his wife of three years. Throughout the photoshoot, Carey said her baby boy and baby girl were kicking. "Especially the girl—clearly she's a diva in training!" But Cannon regretted the revealing shots. "My children are going to have to see these pictures," he said on his radio show. "It's a little weird... it's a little nasty. I mean, have you ever seen your parents naked?"
Just three months after Miranda Kerr confirmed her pregnancy, the Australian Victoria’s Secret Angel decided to strip down for W magazine’s December 2010 family issue. “For me, family is life,” said the 27-year-old model, who married the baby’s father, actor Orlando Bloom, in July 2010. “The decision to start one wasn’t complex at all.” Kerr posed for W six and a half months pregnant in Paris, but is aware that traveling may have to take a back seat to her new role as a mother. “My career has been wonderful, but it’s not my life. I don’t feel pressure to get back to work… My goal involves a hammock, a vegetable patch, and a solar-powered house. And I hope to eventually get there.”
Annie Leibovitz’s shot of Demi Moore seven months pregnant and baring all for the August 1991 issue of Vanity Fair was the first of its kind and sparked the sexy mommy movement. But, according to Moore, that now infamous photograph of the then-pregnant 28-year-old wasn’t supposed to be on the cover of the magazine at all. "Annie had photographed me pregnant with all three (daughters). The shot that ended up being on the cover of Vanity Fair wasn't even done for the magazine. It was just for me and our family,” Moore told V Magazine. The cover quickly became controversial—some copies were wrapped in paper as if the photo wasn’t appropriate for newsstands. Since its debut nearly two decades ago, dozens of magazines have copied the pose.
Demi Moore on the cover of Vanity Fair may have come first, but Lisa Rinna was the first pregnant woman ever to grace the cover of Playboy magazine. In 1998, she posed in just a sweater on the cover of the magazine while six months pregnant with her daughter, Delilah Belle. More risqué photos were included inside. Rinna must have been pleased with the experience: she graced the magazine’s cover 11 years later, this time in a tight body suit, at the age of 45. Her husband Harry Hamlin approved of the second photo shoot, saying he was “happy other people will be able to see her on the cover.”
Being seven months pregnant with son Presley didn’t stop Cindy Crawford from posing on the cover of W in June 1999 in that now-familiar Demi Moore fashion. The supermodel said she was not impressed with the way her body changed with her pregnancy, saying “It’s a miracle, yes. But what can I say? I liked the way I looked in Playboy last year."
Leave it to Gwyneth Paltrow to not go naked on the cover, but instead look fashionable by having her baby bump poke out under a T-shirt. She posed on the cover of W in 2004 while pregnant with her daughter Apple, but the story gained more attention than the photo—Paltrow announced she would be putting her own career on hold to be a mother.
In August 2006, during a media firestorm surrounding her turbulent life, Britney made a splash by dying her hair black and baring all for the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. She was pregnant with her second son Jayden James.
After months of hush-hush speculation, Christina Aguilera confirmed her first pregnancy by posing nude on the January 2008 cover of Marie Claire magazine with a big baby bump—and a strategically placed leather jacket.
Italian beauty Monica Bellucci had so much fun posing nude, she did it twice. Her initial appearance on Vanity Fair Italy was in 2004 during her first pregnancy, and in the article she spoke out against laws restricting fertility treatment in Italy. She bared (almost) all again more recently, in March 2010, when she 45 years old and six months pregnant.
Supermodel and Wonderbra spokeswoman Eva Herzigova loved her body so much while she was pregnant, she announced it Demi-style on the cover of Vanity Fair Italy in February 2007. “I want to be pregnant for the next 10 years. I feel so powerful. But it's an inner power. You are so content with just being. I feel so confident about my body. You feel like you have your mission, and it’s empowering."
Claudia Schiffer’s pregnant belly graces the cover of the June 2010 edition of German Vogue, all of which was dedicated entirely to her. Seven months pregnant with her third child, Claudia said she felt confident taking off her clothes to be shot by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, and wasn’t worried about losing the weight. “Something really strange happened to me. Before my pregnancies, I was someone who had to watch their weight. When I was breastfeeding it just came off. I can eat whatever I want…I will lose weight."
Thomas Beatie, otherwise known as “The Pregnant Man,” underwent gender reassignment surgery, but still kept his reproductive organs. So when he and his wife, Nancy, decided to have a baby, Thomas carried the child, and Nancy subsequently breastfed. Thomas posed naked and pregnant for The Advocate during his first pregnancy. The couple is currently expecting their third child.