The “Model” Mother: Putting Your Baby Bump on the Catwalk

It’s no revelation that models move from all over the world to work in New York City. In the 1960’s this great city of ours took the reigns from Milan and according to Global Language Monitor ranks second (right behind London) in being an international fashion center. With that being said, some models become mothers and you may be one of them. However, just because you became knocked up doesn’t mean that you have to be knocked out of the fashion industry.

Talent scouts are on the lookout for women to model pregnancy fashions in advertisements, commercials and magazines. Publications such as Pregnancy & New Born, 9 Plus Bebe Mama and Fit Pregnancy all need pregnant professionals to be photographed.  Models are also needed for the Discovery Channel’s Runway Moms, hosted by Lisa Elliott-Ramirez (founder of NYC’s Expecting Models). Stock photos such as Shutterstock and Getty Images want lifestyle photographs of mommies-to-be. Pregnant models were even seen modeling You! Lingerie’s maternity and nursing wear during NYC’s Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Week show in August.

So what’s the best way for getting that bun-in-the-oven on the catwalk? I recommend Expecting Models. While the more traditional agencies scout and book pregnant models, Expecting Models is one-of-a-kind specifically focused on booking models with a bump. With clients such as Loft Maternity, Target Maternity and Nordstrom, Expecting Models represents those who have prior modeling and/or acting experience. Since their clients feature women in every stage of pregnancy (including the first trimester) the earlier they can represent you, the better.

 

Tips on how to become a pregnant model:

  • Preserve your regular exercise routine and eat nutritious foods.
  • Uphold your fashion sense and don’t get your haircut or buy mom jeans.
  • Mail or email agencies with your most elite professional fashion photographs as well as 4-5 recent digitals of the pregnant you in a form-fitting clothes or a bathing suit.
  • Send agencies updated digitals as your bump grows.
  • Attend an open call found in local newspapers of maternity magazines.

COPYRIGHT © 2013 Alicia Reece Conradi, Author.

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