Published December 11, 2012
LOS ANGELES – Is it time for a nude and pregnant pause?
When Demi Moore stripped down to her bulging belly on the cover of Vanity Fair 21 years ago, it was a shot across the bow of traditional, sexy magazine covers. But cut to 2012 and swarms of celebrities -- Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Jessica Simpson, Miranda Kerr, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Milla Jovovich, and many more -- have all followed suit exposing their expectant stomachs. Supermodel Marisa Miller also just bore all for the cover of the January 2013 cover of Allure.
Many have seen enough.
“The unclothed pregnant celebrity photo has been done for decades," industry watcher Angie Meyer told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. "Perhaps it’s time to have more respect for their bodies and the unborn child.”
Pop culture writer Ariane Sommer has no problem with flashing the flesh, but agrees its a yawner these days.
“It does seem like every time a celebrity is pregnant we see her baby bump and her other bumps on a magazine cover," Sommer said. "My personal boredom with this stems more from the uninventive way these pictures get taken, not the subject per se."
Apparently the trend goes beyond Hollywood as many women now spring for professional photo shoots for their very own nude and pregnant portrait.
“Lots of girls get them done and say it is only to hang in their houses, but have no problem blasting them all over Facebook. I think it’s all very trashy,” commented one young mom. Another remarked that the “pregnant belly looks far better in clothes." But not everyone agrees.
“Instead of feeling awkward or less attractive during pregnancy, feeling sexy and confident can help women feel good about the changes in their body and encourage positive self-esteem,” said Dr. Shannon Chavez, sexual health expert and clinical psychologist. “The important message behind photo shoots is to remember they are a form of art. If a woman decides to celebrate her pregnant body in an artsy and glamorous photo shoot, it can be empowering and a milestone to remember during her personal journey.”
And according to Los Angeles-based fashion PR expert and mom, Jelena Spajic, such shots convey the message that it’s okay to be pregnant and feel beautiful.
“These are the days of Honey Boo Boo. I would rather see a beautiful woman embracing her pregnancy than a young child being exploited,” she remarked. “If you have ever been pregnant you would know that it can be trying at times to embrace this type of bodily change. Any woman who can take her clothes off while pregnant and take a photo to me says she is comfortable in her own skin.”
One big difference, however, between normal expectant moms and their super rich celebrity counterparts is an un-airbrushed pregnancy pic may not resemble the perfected portrait on their favorite magazine.
“Celebrities and supermodels stripping down while pregnant creates an unrealistic expectation for expectant women. Pregnant women in the real world aren’t afforded the luxuries expectant celebrities are privy to hire private chefs and personal trainers,” Meyer said. “Therefore living up to the reality of these images is practically impossible, and frustrating to women who are already in a vulnerable state.”