11 Celebrities Who Posed Nude While Pregnant

This week, Kim Kardashian made headlines (again) after posting a nude selfie on Instagram to shut down claims that she was using a surrogate. The move was bold, well-executed (#goodlighting), and followed in a long line of stars who've posed for nude photos while pregnant — even though in Kim’s case, she has yet to do so for the cover of a magazine.

Glee star Naya Rivera followed suit (despite having previously slammed the reality star for last year’s Paper magazine cover), providing further evidence that the trend kicked off by Demi Moore in 1991 may outlive us all: pregnant celebrities posing nude — specifically, on magazine covers.

Interestingly, the majority of stars who've mimicked Moore's tasteful — though shocking at the time — Vanity Fair cover (which was photographed by Annie Leibowitz, lending it an air of sophistication), have been pop stars and reality stars. It's not as though Keira Knightley, Amy Adams, or any other Oscar hopefuls past or present are sharing their maternity birthday suit with the entire world. We wouldn't hold our breath to see Carey Mulligan stripping down for Mario Testino in the all-important Oscar-themed March issue of VF.

So, is posing nude and pregnant meant to send the message that a woman's body is beautiful, or that the person doing the posing needs attention? The truth may be a bit of both. Here we take a look at some of the most talked-about covers.

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Photo: Courtesy of ELLE.
Jessica Simpson, Elle (2012)
In 2012, Jessica Simpson used the interview accompanying her Elle cover to break the news that she was having a girl. “I swear, I will croak if she asks me for a pair of Nikes instead of Christian Louboutins!” she said, buying into very dated gender norms. Which was surprising, considering that her choice to pose nude on a magazine cover was both bold and risky. Here’s hoping that in the three years since, Simpson has realized that shoes don’t make the girl.
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Photo: Courtesy of Life & Style.
Mariah Carey, Life & Style (2011)

At eight months pregnant with twins Monroe and Moroccan, Mariah Carey used her April 2011 Life & Style cover to prove that she still has (and always will have) it. “I was feeling very vulnerable about taking pictures at all right now,” she told the magazine. “But then I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to document this once-in-a-lifetime experience.” Evidently, Carey claims the babies were kicking the entire time, which clearly signal their destiny for stardom. (Dem Babies were ready for their close-up.)
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Photo: Courtesy of DuJour.
Kourtney Kardashian, DuJour (2014)
At nine months pregnant with her youngest child, Reign Aston Disick, Kourtney posed for a DuJour shoot that celebrated pregnancy, a.k.a. “what [her] body was meant to do.” Having also done a last-minute nude shoot while pregnant with Mason (Kourtney and ex-partner Scott Disick’s firstborn), the reality star used this particular interview to express her comfort with nudity — both during pregnancy and in general. “I’m not embarrassed of my body,” she said. “I’m at my best when I’m pregnant.”
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Photo: Courtesy of V Magazine.
Christina Aguilera, V Magazine (2014)
In a piece titled, "Christina Aguilera Is Giving Life," the singer and Voice judge celebrated her new beginnings — which included everything from the TV gig to her upcoming marriage to Matt Rutler to the impending arrival of her second child, Summer Rain Rutler (born August 16, 2014). The purpose of the nude shoot? “To capture some blissful moments before she gives birth,” wrote the magazine.

“As a woman, I’m proud to embrace my body through all stages of life, staying fearless and confident in surrendering to the unknowns the future has in store,” Aguilera shared, effectively proving that Summer Rain is the daughter of a life guru.
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Photo: Courtesy of InTouch Weekly.
Kendra Wilkinson, InTouch (2009)
Okay, fine: While Kendra Wilkinson opted for a bikini shoot over posing nude, the then seven months pregnant Playboy model still owned her body for an InTouch interview alongside husband Hank Baskett. “I have never felt this beautiful!” she told the magazine, in regards to whether or not she felt prettier pregnant. “The one thing I love about being pregnant is my skin... This is the best skin I’ve ever had in my life!” Way to rub it in, Kendra.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ebony.
Paula Patton, Ebony (2010)
Just a day after giving birth to her first child, Julian, Paula Patton’s cover of Ebony was released to the masses and featured the actress, like most of the women on this list, baring all (read: “some”) to celebrate impending motherhood. “Being pregnant has been a real lesson in taking every day as it comes,” she revealed in the interview — before a quote from then-husband Robin Thicke, who weighed in on how he thought being a dad would change him. (Cue the eye roll.)
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Photo: Courtesy of Vanity Fair.
Demi Moore, Vanity Fair (1991)
And here’s where it all began. Once upon a time, photos of nude pregnant celebrities were actually controversial — so controversial that the L.A. Times reports that back in 1991, some retailers sold Moore’s Vanity Fair cover in a brown paper bag as if it were porn. (Geez — relax, everyone.) Reflecting on the shoot, the actress recounted to V Magazine, “It did seem to give a little bit more permission to feel sexy, attractive when you’re pregnant... But I really didn’t expect the response to be what it was. I was shocked.” The following year, she graced the cover of Vanity Fair with a men’s suit painted on her. How’s that for controversial?
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Photo: Courtesy of Italian Vanity Fair.
Eva Herzigová, Italian Vanity Fair (2007)
Like Kendra Wilkinson, model Eva Herzigová ushered in her second pregnancy with a lingerie-themed cover shoot for Italian Vanity Fair (versus posing sans underwear or anything else). At the time, the model told the U.K.'s The Sunday Times that she “wanted to be pregnant for 10 years” — a gestation period that is fortunately so not possible! Herzigová went on to tell the Times that as the pregnant face of Gap’s maternity line, she felt “so powerful.” She continued, “I feel so confident about my body. I feel so potent. You feel like you have your mission, and it’s empowering.” Since then, she and partner Gregorio Marsiaj welcomed a third child, Edward, in 2013. (So, not quite 10 years of pregnancy — but getting there.)
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Photo: Courtesy of Ebony.
Nia Long, Ebony (2011)
Posing completely naked on the cover of Ebony while expecting her second child, actress Nia Long seized the moment to remind women not to cave to societal norms. “Society tells us, ‘Get married before 30,’” she shared. “I think if we just take our time as women, and do what comes natural to us and for us, we would make fewer mistakes.” And frankly, if you’re going to (bravely) pose nude and pregnant on a magazine cover, this is exactly the type of advice you should offer.
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Photo: Courtesy of Vanity Fair.
Monica Bellucci, Vanity Fair (2010)
The Vatican wasn’t thrilled
with actress Monica Bellucci’s choice to pose pregnant on the cover of Italian Vanity Fair when she did so nude the first time in 2004 — mainly because the Passion of the Christ actress used the shoot as a protest against Italian laws that allowed only married couples to use in-vitro fertilization or donor sperm. No word on their feelings when she channeled herself six years later — though, in the 2010 Italian Vanity Fair cover (pictured here), she opted for fancy PJs and underwear.
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Photo: Courtesy of W Magazine.
Cindy Crawford, W (1999)
While pregnant with her first child, Cindy followed Demi’s lead with a revealing shoot that celebrated her next step. The month after the issue hit stands, she and husband Rande Gerber welcomed Presley. And now, their son hangs out with Harry Styles.
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