Serena Williams is having a very social week. A day after making her red carpet baby bump debut, the tennis champ attended the launch of the Burberry DK88 Bag hosted by Christopher Bailey at Burberry Soho on May 2, 2017 in New York City.
Whitney Port is finally coming from under the exhaustion spell of pregnancy. She posted a photo of herself looking happy and well…energetic on her Instagram account recently.
Her fellow MTV The Hills alum co-star Lauren Conrad has been laying low but was spotted at designer Rebecca Minkoff’s Spring 2017 ‘See Now, Buy Now’ Fashion Show on February 4, 2017 earlier in her pregnancy.
And another MTV family alum, Heidi Pratt showed off her bump with her hubby Spencer Pratt this week. “Sunday Fun. The 3 of Us,” she captioned an Instagram photo of the growing family.
Meanwhile, Beyonce has been busy making news as well. She appeared at her mom Tina Knowles Lawson and step dad Richard Lawson‘s charity fundraiser to support the WACO Theater Center in California. The event called the Inaugural Wearable Art Gala raised $1M, according to a recent post by Beyonce. It is reminiscent of the Met Ball, which also encourages attendees to wear artistic renditions of clothing or vice versa, wear art like clothes.
Meanwhile, Bey released the collector’s edition of her multi-award winning visual album, “Lemonade.” The box set will set you back $300 but it comes with behind the scenes photos, prints of Beyonce’s personal hand written notes drafted during the creation of the project and much more.
And just for kicks, Queen Bey blessed her fans and followers with another video of a game night date night she went on with her husband.
Last month, author Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie revealed that she had kept her recent pregnancy private. “I just feel like we live in an age when women are supposed to perform pregnancy,” she told the Financial Times. “We don’t expect fathers to perform fatherhood.”
And what did that noble move and statement spawn?
Yet another blistering op-Ed about the bump watch press.
In a new piece in Qz, titled “Modern obsession with pregnancy is just another attempt to control women’s bodies“, writer Phoebe Bronstein criticizes the world’s fascination with celebrity pregnancies.
As Renee Cramer writes in Pregnant With the Stars, her book about celebrity pregnancies, “The pregnant female body has gone from being an embarrassing reminder that women had sex and therefore private state of being to being considered public property for regulation and commercial property to be celebrated as sexy.” This obsession translates into a constant baby-bump watch. Now pop culture is dominated by absurd conversations about which celebrities do pregnancy best—Beyonce or Jessica Simpson? Christina Aguilera or Chrissy Teigan? Certainly not Kim Kardashian, whose pregnancy fashion received plenty of negative coverage.
At the root of these evaluations is an impulse to shame women who fail to perform pregnancy in a sufficiently glowing and feminine fashion. At the same time, such conversations frame pregnancy as a kind of style choice: the newest (or oldest) accessory.
Ok. Sure. Is it really that deep, Ms. Bronstein?
Aren’t you essentially shaming the press and blogs for writing on a topic you think shames women? It’s all shaming.
And isn’t the word “shame” (and “[fill-in-the-blank] shaming”) being overused to the point they are becoming cliche and borderline meaningless?
Ok. I may be biased.
Read the entire piece here if you’d like.
Saturday is the day we share international bump watch and highlight expecting celebrities from other nations that have a substantial film industry like Bollywood (Indian and Pakistan), Ghana, the Philippines, Nigeria, Korea, South Africa, Thailand and other nations.
Today, we take a look back at the fabulous photos that Nigerian actresses Stephanie Okereke-Linus, Kaffy, Chidera Odiele and Osas Ighodaro shared when expecting.
The “bump watch” phenomenon is not just an American thing.
Vanessa Bryant bumped it up in crimson at the 2016 ESPN ESPY Awards held Wednesday, July 13 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
Accompanying her husband veteran retired NBA player Kobe Bryant, the third-time mom-to-be looked absolutely radiant in a red low cut wrap dress that revealed a tiny bump. We are loving her blush colored nails and butterfly ring.
It was only this week that the couple announced they were expecting after a pretty long lapse. Their current youngest daughter, Gianna, just turned 10 but is about got be de-throned when daughter number 3 arrives later this year. In red carpet interviews, the couple gushed that they are“very excited” about their third child on the way!
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As usual, we track your fave celeb moms-to-be so you don’t have to. Want to know what’s new with the expecting ladies in our Bumpwatch and/or what’s up with our alums or their offsprings? Here is a quick round up of a few and links to learn more!
Kristin Cavallari is near her due date (Celebrity Baby Scoop)”
Chrissy Teigen shows off bump on IG (UPI)
Mexicana Filipina singer Jasmine V is expecting her first child (Latina)
Karolina Kurkov welcomes hers second child (US Weekly)
Riley Curry has made her modeling debut for Freshly Picked shoes. (Freshly Picked)
Jessa Duggar Seewald reveals the name for her son (Celebrity Baby Scoop)
Melissa Rycroft showed off her early third baby bump (Instagram)
In 2007, I wrote a blog post about the “Bump Watch” phenomenon, generally, discussing it in context of when the tabloids, public and media are wrong. In 2010, I wrote about how Jennifer Aniston is the most bump watched female celebrity even though she’s never been pregnant. At the same time, I was one of the early blogs that speculated in a post as to whether Jennifer Lopez was pregnant given her choice of dress during a concert. (I was right).
I am in that space so I get the fascination. And we here at Bellyitch have a long-standing ongoing “bump watch” tradition of following and covering celebrity preganancies.
I do, also, recognize that people hate the term “bump watch” as well as “bump” and “baby bump.” It’s cool. No scene.
However, I think writer Rachel Kramer Bussel was going a weeee bit too far in her recent Salon commentary where she called bump watch anti-feminist and suggested we, as a society, should ban bump watch.
*Clutch the pearls!*
Bussel’s piece was a bit rambling and read like a stream of consciousness rant but I understand her thesis: the incessant watching of and obsession over a woman’s pooch is offensive and reductive of her value to society outside of procreating.
In her post, Bussel bemoans how insulting it is when women are asked if they are pregnant when they may have just had one too many chicken wings the night before.
I can dig it, right. I support women’s liberation and rights. I am a woman after all and I do and have benefited from all the work that my feminist and womanist sisters have done over the years.
Notwithstanding all of that…. I still think Bussel goes overboard in her rant.
I dunno. Head over to Salon and have a read and let me know your thoughts.
It’s been a little while since we rounded up the latest among the celebrity women we “bump watch” now and in the past. Here’s what is going on with then and links to where you can go to find out more and see more pics!
Jessie James Decker showed off her growing bumping and plenty of cleavage at the 2015 CMT Music Awards. (FashionStyle)
Naya Rivera revealed that she feels awkward having sex with husband Ryan Dorsey. Apparently intimacy isn’t what it used to be for the couple (Celebrity Babies)
Congratulations are in order for Sister Wives stars Kody Brown and Robyn Brown who are expecting their 5th child together, but Kody’s 18th. (US Weekly)
Lisa Stelly and Jack Osbourne welcomed their second daughter, Andy Rose Osbourne last Saturday, June 30. (Celebrity Babies)
Kristin Cavallari cradles her growing bump in a bikini on Instagram. (The Hollywood Gossip)
Sherri Saum celebrated her twins first birthday. (Sun-Sentinel)
Kim Kardashian has been spotted out and about in simple but still skin tight pencil skirt length dresses and outfits:
Pregnant Kim Kardashian Highlights Teeny Baby Bump in Skintight Black Dress: See the Photos! http://t.co/3ffj8Z3wEW
— modtoast (@modtoast) June 9, 2015