Demi Moore pregnant on Vanity Fair Cover 1991
Demi Moore was the subject of probably the best-known title story of Vanity Fair in 1991, and left an indelible impression of the pregnant Demi Moore on our minds for ever.
The times were finally past when a pregnant woman wearing a comical maternity swimsuit would only dare to go anywhere near the swimming pool when no one else was there.
The recognition that pregnant women can be attractive and sexy is a post-Demi Moore phenomenon.
In the past the focus was on hiding the bulge instead of highlighting the female body. Nowadays, however, the sexuality of the pregnant woman is expressly acknowledged - as is indicated by a sexy range of underwear for the pregnant which has been designed by Elle McPherson, 'The Body' herself, and is just as alluring as normal lingerie (available from Seraphine, see kidsmodern brands).
La Mere Nursing Bra by Elle Mc Pherson
But although the supermodels of the Nineties like Carla Bruni (37), Helena Christensen (36), Laetitia Casta (26) and Elle McPherson (40) opened our eyes to the pregnant body, none of them had children until they had actually ended their full-time careers as models.
Today's generation of top models, like Kate Moss (30), Christy Turlington (35), Nadja Auermann (32), Heidi Klum (30) and Claudia Schiffer (33), unites children and career.
Pregnant Celebrities - Brooke Shileds, Celine Dion, Monica Bellucci, Britney Spears, Heidi Klum
The fashion world's new awareness of the body has brought maternity clothing to the catwalk.
Because many women continue to work during their pregnancy and pregnancy itself is today socially acceptable, demand has arisen for clothing with which an expectant mother does not have to hide away for four months out of the nine.
Models are leading the way here - and are putting a certain amount of pressure on mothers, because sometimes - in the words of Britney Spears - "you're not supposed to be this big huge pregnant superstar - you don't feel the most beautiful all of the time."