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Pregnant Jessica Simpson Poses Nude. Would You?

Jessica Simpson is pulling a Demi Moore on the cover of April's Elle Magazine. She is standing nude, hugely pregnant with her hands demurely covering her private areas.

One can assume that the photo is heavily photoshopped as few pregnant women have flawless skin, perfect belly buttons and smooth behinds once they have reached Jessica's stage (which is what like 58 weeks? Because it has been the longest pregnancy ever). Despite the hours of retouching that may have been involved, Jessica's large bump is on display for all to see.

She is not the first celebrity to show off her belly since Demi Moore hit the cover of Vanity Fair in 1991, and probably not the last. I'm not sure why pregnant women have to be naked in magazines, I'm sure a feminist theorist could come up with an answer though.

As much as I hate celebrities using their pregnancies to their PR advantage (Jessica has a new show coming out, in case you forgot/are living in a cave), I love pregnancy shots. I just love pregnancy in general. I loved my giant belly and knowing I was creating life. I loved the stretchy, comfortable pants and the knowledge that I never had to worry about looking fat. I loved how sensual and earthy I felt.

To capture those feelings, I had professional pictures taken towards the end of each of my pregnancies. None of them had wind machines, makeup artists or professional retouchers.

The first set was while I was in the hospital on bedrest. I stood for 15 minutes in the bay window of my hospital room (it was a nice, new suburban hospital in Seattle) and had a photographer take pictures. It was a way of normalizing my abnormal pregnancy. The nurses thought I was crazy. I may have been.


My photographer friend took photos in my second and third pregnancy. This picture was taken just three days before my daughter was born. I stare at that belly and know I will never be that big again. I love my pregnancy photos and if I ever get organized enough to do a photo wall, I will put one up.

But I know other women who hated how their body looked and the idea of having photos taken was unthinkable. They don't want to remember what they looked like. That's too bad.

No matter how photoshopped Jessica was, I hope that she has some untouched photos that she can look at and remember with pride how beautiful she was.

Did you have photos taken during your pregnancy? Or does the idea freak you out?

Want more chaos? Last year, I wrote about all the studies saying that parents are delusional to think they are happy. Denial is a parent's best friend, I guess.

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Reader Comments (19)

From class to no class. What these hoe's won't do for the almighty dollar.
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric
When speaking about someone having no class, one should refrain from name calling it shows your own lack of class, and ignorance. I personally would much rather see Jessica Simpson naked and pregnant than any Kardashian in a bikini, or a Jresy Shore cast member dunk and acting the fool.
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
Pregnancies and breast-feeding are best done in private, no matter how natural these two items are.

Not fair to impose these issues publicly on the rest of us.

And I would love to see pregnant women again begin wearing real maternity tops that cover it all with a flowing, feminine top, like in earlier days. So much more feminine than wearing a tight t-shirt over the bulge.
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMama Peace
i'm glad i didn't get photos done of my belly even though after 3 kids i had barely a stretch mark to be seen. i hated being pregnant. i hated being big and sick. i hated being worn out and feeling like my body didn't belong to me anymore. pregnancy felt foreign. i hated being looked at and touched, just because i had a belly doesn't mean i don't feel you strangers touching me!!! if you wouldn't normally touch my belly what makes you think you can touch me when pregnant. maybe i was just hormonal but it still bothers me now and i'm not pregnant. celebrities do need to stop using their private lives to boost their careers! i didn't even know Jessica Simpson was pregnant till i read this and i guess i've been living in a cave cause i didn't know about any show of hers either.
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCB
If I had the celeb to do it, I would! those are beautiful pictures that she can show her kid. Not many people get to have the luxury if amazing retouching when pregnant, I wish i did.
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
How are you pregnant in private? lol And i hope you dont go out for a meal cause if you get the opp. to eat out so does a baby. Its only natural. We dont make mama dog and their puppies go in private to nurse.
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
Yes, I would pose nude while pregnant.It would be good for medical science and doctors around the world to be able to study anything unusual. I would hope any stretch marks would be photo shopped to make the photos a bit more palatable.
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIan
How is she a "hoe"??? And she sure as heck doesn't need the money. She's beautiful, no need for name calling a$$ho!
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterslader
I totally agree!! people shouldnt think that breastfeeding is private. Parents and children both have to eat so whether you like it or not its out there and its the most natural!! would you rather have your child eating from a can or from a breast that is so much better. and when your pregnant, that is the most feminine thing.
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
I don't see anything wrong with posing nude while pregnant. I thought Demi Moore's photos were quite beautiful. It's not meant to be sexy but natural and earthy and beautiful. When did we become so "civilized" that breast feeding should be done in private? Do you eat in private? Babies must eat and breastfeeding is the most natural way to do it. We've been doing it that way for thousands of years and only in the last 50 of those years have people gotten on their high horses about it.
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersd
The pose they took of her was the same one Demi Moore did, was wondering if that was intentional or not, brew up some gossip ? Either way personally think she looks good.Pregnant is not forever, she`s pregnant people should get over it with the insults.
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDan
The baby making should be done in private, anything else is perfectly normal and natural, just as it was intended to be.It drives me nuts when people ( ESPECIALLY other women) look down on a breastfeeding mother for doing what she is supposed to be doing. I have 5 kids and have nursed them all, in parks, in the mall, libraries...anywhere. If they are hungry they are to be fed.I should not have to take my hungry child and look for somewhere to feed them because others have been brainwashed to think that breasts are somehow "dirty" or "obsene". I have always covered myself and was very dicreet while feeding, not because of the stares or bad attitudes, but ONLY because it was between me and my baby. Maybe the next time you are out and about and its time for you to eat lunch, you should search out one of the bathrooms to eat in? .....No?, you wouldnt eat in a bathroom? Then why should my child?You say its " Not fair to impose these issues publicly on the rest of us". If you dont like it, dont look....its very simple. I however will smile as I pass a women doing what is the absolute best for her baby.

March 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermjmlmommy
what would a doctor deduce by looking at a picture of you pregnant? how would this be good for medical science? are you kidding? I'm sure a doctor isn't flipping through a copy of Vanity Fair or Elle magazine, studying to find "something unusual" ...LMAOI wish they would just stop with these publicity tactics...honestly...no one cares anymore...it's been done and overdone. when Demi first did it, it was new and innovative. Now it's just tired & old. Even CNN did a piece on this and how unoriginal and boring it's become.c'mon magazines....come up with something new & better.
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterscullyx730@hotmail.com
good Lord I personally think that a pregnant woman in spandex and a tight tee shirt is as unflattering as an old man wearing a speedo.... lol. so much for being appropriate. It is no longer taboo to cover up and act descent in this society.
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracy Morrison
I agree also. Nude is also taboo, not like the old days when people covered themselves up. People will do anything for publicity and fame. Watch those stretch marks !
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
*IAN* implies that this is a man, therefore doctors WOULD probably be interested as this would be highly unusual. As for good for medical science, I'm not sure about that one, though it would be cause for buzz. I think more than the stretch marks would need to be photo shopped to make something like that palatable.... juuust sayin.
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternicki
*IAN* implies that this is a man therefore doctors WOULD be interested as this would be highly unusual. As for good for medical science, I'm not so sure about that. Also, I think more than your stretch marks would need to be photo shopped in order to make the photo palatable..... juuust sayin...
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternicki
I am currently 35 weeks pregnant and just got nude photos done. They are something for personal/family use and not for display or cash value. I will cherish them for always.
March 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlily
I felt exactly like you when I was pregnant. I didnt have 3 months of monring sickness-I had 9 months of all day sickness. I felt like I had an alien growing in me, taking over my body. I hate begin touched and hated having pictures taken. I didn't have a pregnancy glow - I had a pregnancy green (i was actually told on several occasions that I looked green).

Anyways...I wish I had enjoyed my pregnancy and felt beautiful. I think being pregnant is natural and beautiful...just not on me. I envy these women who are comfortable enough to have preganacy pics done.On the other hand I do wish people would talk more about bad pregnancy exeperiences. I felt like something was wrong with me for hating pregnancy. I thought it meant I would be a bad mother cuz I didn't really "bond" with my daughter while pregnant...I was just too miserable..I felt like she was stealing my body and health...and I felt horrible for thinking those thoughts. After I had her and realized that I loved her regardless of the pregnancy, I began talking to others and realized that other women had gone through similiar feelings.

I'd like to see prenancy normalized in all forms - both those who blossom during it and those who wilt, only to blossom with their child after birth.
March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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