By Akanksha Gupta Last Updated:
Gone are those days when women used to stay at home during pregnancy and were conscious of their pregnancy weight gain. Women now believe in working till their due date and flaunt their baby bumps in style. The times are changing and for good! And when a B-town diva is expecting, everyone gets intrigued about their diet, health plans and pregnancy tips.
Belonging to the ‘trendsetter’ clan of the nation, celeb mommies-to-be and moms are a great source of inspiration to everyone, and they never fail to amaze us. Take a look at the B-town beauties who had no qualm in flaunting their baby bump at the ramp walk. They carried their bump and pregnancy glow with utmost grace and confidence, setting an example for all the expecting ladies out there.
In 2002, the Chaiyya Chaiyya girl took our breath away when she walked the Lakme Fashion Week ramp with her mini baby bump. Malaika Arora Khan flaunted a cutout grey-mauve dress, but it was her million-dollar smile and pregnancy glow that made our heart skip a beat.
Carol Gracias is an icon for all the models and her name will definitely go down in fashion history. Carol graced the ramp with her baby bump, not once but twice. Speaking about how she got a chance to walk the ramp while she was pregnant, Carol had earlier shared in an interview:
“A little over a month ago, I received a call from James Sami (designer and founder of "House of Jamaima"), who is also a backstage manager and a dear friend. He was calling to book me to walk for Gaurang Shah's show for Lakme Fashion Week. I told him I was pregnant and I thought that would be it, but almost immediately James called back to say that Gaurang was extremely happy for me and was still keen to have me walk his show. You see, I have been working with Gaurang for many years now. His sarees and clothes are woven and styled for every woman, especially this Calico collection, and he wanted that to show. Gaurang believed that it would be inspiring for expectant mothers.”
She further said:
“He said he would fly me down to Bombay, put me up at the hotel where the show was happening, make sure I was well looked after, and of course pay me my regular rate. At first I thought James was playing a prank, but soon realised they were serious, and thought if they had the confidence in me then why not. As the date got closer, I started to get a bit nervous. I had cancelled a few shows in the initial months of my pregnancy. Like every pregnant woman, there was a change of hormones, added stress, sickness and I did not feel good about myself at all. I didn't feel the way most of you saw me on the ramp - confident and sexy. I felt bloated, sick, tired and moody. But towards the fifth month, I started to feel a bit better; I believe once you get a hold on all the changes happening to your body and mind, and once you start telling everyone and talking about it, you start to feel better and start enjoying your pregnancy (though I still have a few bad days!).”
Carol went on to say:
“This industry can be a very superficial world, where models are plagued by the same (or even more) insecurities as everyone else. It is an industry where everything is judged, and our job puts us up for judgement every time we walk the ramp. Especially with the way we look and how our size conforms to sometimes impossible norms. After the show I was glad that I received an amazing, positive response from the press, who mentioned everywhere that I was breaking convention and norm. But that was not my intention. I didn't think there was anything heroic about showing off my baby bump or going to work with it. Millions of women do it every day, some in manual labour jobs on the streets. We have all seen 7-8 months' pregnant women carrying stones in the heat, just to feed their families. This is unfortunately the common life of women in India and what needs changing.”
And she concluded by saying:
“I am not a spokesperson for pregnant women, we all have different lives and issues. But if just walking the ramp with my baby bump can help women realize that our swollen bellies, feet and breasts are not just a thing to suffer through, these are things that make us beautiful, as long as we let ourselves feel that way, that is welcome. I am thrilled with the support and encouragement, but I also know that my biggest challenge is yet to come: raising a child who will be smart, empathetic and respectful of others.”
Kareena Kapoor Khan is a B-town diva who is par excellence, who not only leave us stunned with her professional work but personally too. When Kareena was pregnant with Taimur Ali Khan, she was not only working throughout her whole pregnancy journey, but she also walked the ramp for designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee at the Lakme Fashion Week. And for this, she received a lot of applaud and wows. Kareena Kapoor Khan is the trend-setter in a true sense and she looked no-less-than-a-queen while she walked the ramp in her second trimester.
Kareena wore a heavy fully-embroidered olive green lehenga along with a dupatta on her head. Her entire look was complemented with the submissive make-up and a pretty maang teeka. After all, she is a begum!
Speaking about that ‘special moment’, Kareena stated in an interview:
“I must say it’s not one but two of us. It’s a very special moment. I have never walked for Sabyasachi before, we were not able to do a film together. But this moment is very special. It’s going to be in the history. I am actually very emotional right now. It is a moment I want everyone to cherish. I would like to say Sabyasachi is not a designer he is an artist. He creates painting. I am really honoured to wear this artist.”
The Left Right Left fame actress has always believed in breaking stereotypes, and that is what she exactly did during her pregnancy phase. Shveta Salve proved to be one of the coolest-mommies-to-be when she flaunted her baby bump on a ramp at the occasion of Mother's Day. Shveta was accompanied by Carol Gracias as she walked the ramp. Shveta sported a beautiful saree and was quoted as saying post the event:
"It has been heart-warming to share the stage with such confident and glowing Yummy Mummies. Pregnancy is a wonderful journey that should be cherished and rejoiced."
Carol shared her experience of choreographing the walk for other women and stated:
"I'm delighted to have been given the opportunity to choreograph the walk with all these gorgeous women! Joining these lovely mothers has been an overwhelming experience."
Although Mira did not announce her pregnancy while she walked the Lakme Fashion Week 2016 ramp, her mini baby bump did spark the pregnancy rumours all over again at that time. Mira wore a light pink floor length anarkali which had gota work on it, and she smartly tried to hide her baby with the dupatta.
The model-turned-actress, Lara Dutta was one of the major star attractions at the India International Jewellery Week (IIJW) finale as she walked the ramp in a white dress and wearing a massive diamond necklace and earrings. But the most “attractive” element of her ramp walk was her baby bump. Being three months pregnant, Lara’s baby bump was quite visible at that time.
When asked if she was nervous walking the ramp, the former Miss Universe had said:
"No, not at all. Modelling is second nature to me."
Femina Miss India 2002 pageant winner, Neha Dhupia surprised the world with the ‘baby-on-board’ announcement, and just a day later, she debuted her baby bump at the Lakme Fashion Week 2018 runway. Soon-to-be-parents, Angad Bedi and Neha Dhupia made for an ultra-glam couple and were showstoppers for the designer, Payal Singhal. Angad and Neha were the major highlights of the show, in their matching floral printed attires.
Neha wore a peplum top and skirt combo that was accessorised with silver stacked bangles and a cocktail ring. Tumhari Sulu actress’ look was accentuated by her smokey eyes and the tresses coiffed into curls which complemented her style quite well.
When asked Neha if she is following suit of flaunting her baby bump at the ramp, she answered:
“It has never been my intention to set a trend or be a part of one. The intention is to get up and continue your life and do things like nothing ever happened.”
Interacting with the media post the show, Neha stated:
"It is going to be the most memorable walk ever for me and Angad. I am going to make sure to tap into all the footage, of all these videos that you are taking. In a few years, whenever he or she can, I will be like you have already made your debut on the ramp. I am really looking forward to it."
Kudos to the divas, who shedding all the inhibitions, started a lovable trend of flaunting their baby bumps at the ramp. The confidence with which these divas walked the ramp, proudly flaunting the life inside them and enjoying the most beautiful phase of their lives. In case we forgot to add someone’s name on the list, do share it with us in the comments section below.