Runway bump

Pregnant model reveals belly on catwalk during New York Fashion Week, proving motherhood is chic

Maia Ruth Lee at New York Fashion Week. (Instagram)

During New York Fashion Week, designers always find new ways to surprise their audiences — and, in recent years, fashion designers have been making a concerted effort to broaden the perceptions of beauty. Design duo Eckhaus Latta might have just taken the cake this season. Their friend, artist Maia Ruth Lee, strode down the catwalk in a pale pink cardigan dress that was unbuttoned in the front so as to reveal her pregnant belly. While she’s not the first pregnant model to ever sashay down a catwalk, Lee, who is 35 weeks pregnant, is the first to actually bear her baby bump while doing it.

 

“To have a bunch of one gender that’s the same race and height and size and fit, wearing similar clothes and makeup — I don’t think we were ever interested in that,” Eckhaus Latta co-founder Zoe Latta said, explaining the decision to Vogue. Nicole Phelps, a famous fashion journalist had nothing but praise for the decision, writing on Instagram,  “I’ve been going to fashion shows for 21 years and I’ve seen a pregnant model on the runway exactly one other time. Something to think about.” Below, watch video of Lee strutting the runway at fashion week, an occasion she called “a special experience” in a post on Instagram.

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