If there's one person that can change our perceptions about maternity clothes, it's Rihanna. Since debuting her baby bump with boyfriend A$AP Rocky in New York City at the end of January, the Fenty founder hasn't missed a fashion beat, boldly baring her belly in sleek and sexy catsuits, lace-up tops, and barely-there sequin fringe designs. "I'm enjoying not having to worry about covering up my tummy," she told People. "If I feel a little chubby, it's like, whatever! It's a baby!"
In RiRi's honor, we're taking a look back at all of the most incredibly stylish celebrity mamas to put pregnancy couture on the map, from royal moms-to-be, like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, to red carpet staples, like Ciara and Kim Kardashian. Ahead, take a peek at 30 of the best celebrity pregnancy fashion looks of all time.
August 16, 1991: Demi Moore
Demi Moore may not be wearing much of … well, anything, in her famous 1991 Vanity Fair cover, in which she showed off her growing bundle of joy, but her decision to pose in the buff had a lasting impact on the fashion industry at large. It paved the way for other pregnant women to own their sexuality—and their style choices. In her 2019 memoir, Inside Out, Demi wrote about her decision, saying that she hoped to show the world "that a pregnant woman could be beautiful and glamorous” with the Annie Leibovitz shot.
The photo has spawned copycats galore over the years, with everyone from Cindy Crawford and Serena Williams following in her footsteps. Wrote Demi: “To help women love themselves and their natural shapes—that's a remarkable and gratifying thing to have accomplished, particularly for someone like me who spent years doing battle with her body.”
February 25, 1998: Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith turned heads at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards in a sheer brown dress that quite literally bared her growing baby bump. The Red Table Talk host, who was pregnant with her first child with husband Will Smith, paired the slinky number with a chic velvet cape.
July 16, 2002: Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker did her Sex and the City character proud in 2002 when she turned up to the show’s season 5 premiere in a super chic blush Narcisco Rodriguez gown. The satin mid-length dress featured an empire-waist—just the right silhouette for showing off a growing bump.
August 31, 2003: Kate Hudson
If ever you needed proof that you can still turn heads while pregnant in the best way possible, look no further than Kate Hudson at the 2003 Venice Film Festival. The How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days star had jaws on the floor while strutting her stuff in a silver Chanel Haute Couture getup accented with feathers, beading, and the best accessory of all—her bump.
October 19, 2007: Jennifer Lopez
J.Lo kept things loose and flowing while pregnant with twins Emme and Maximilian back in 2007, and she looked darn good doing it. In fact, we’d venture to say that the sparkly teal one-shoulder Grecian-style gown she wore for her "En Concierto" performance with then-husband Marc Anthony was one of her best concert looks to date.
May 15, 2008: Angelina Jolie
Max Azria was behind the breathtakingly beautiful maternity look Angelina Jolie showed up to Cannes in circa 2008. Not only was the olive green hue the perfect shade to complement the actress's eye color, the empire waist of the dress kept the shape flattering while the deep V-neckline added extra oomph.
February 8, 2009: M.I.A.
M.I.A. refused to let her mom-to-be status water down her style while performing at the 2009 Grammys in a mesh Henry Holland dress with a black-and-white polka dot print at the chest and stomach.
January 26, 2011: Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman took home more than the Golden Globe for Best Actress at the 2011 awards ceremony—she also took home top honors as one of the best-dressed stars on the red carpet. Wearing a light pink Viktor & Rolf maternity frock, which featured a sweetheart neckline, a high empire waist, and a large accent rose at the chest, the Oscar winner was positively radiant.
May 6, 2013: Kim Kardashian
Leave it to Kim Kardashian to turn her pregnancy into a Met Gala photo opp! Rather than covering up her bump in extra fabric for the event, the reality star called attention to her changing figure in a skintight Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy dress with a busy floral print. While the look was met with mixed reviews, with Kim telling Vogue that she cried all the way home over memes that began circulating comparing the piece to a couch cover, two *very* notable fashion heavyweights—Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen—gave it their official seal of approval. “I just remember the Olsen twins came up to me and loved my outfit and my gloves, so none of the critics mattered, because the Olsen twins approved,” Kim recalled, adding, “Now I love it, now it's sick.”
November 7, 2015: Kim Kardashian
For Kim’s second pregnancy, she really went for the gusto, stepping out for the 2015 LACMA Art + Film Gala in a full-blown see-through lace Givenchy catsuit. Her diamond choker, dark, slicked-back 'do, and witchy scarlet lipstick served to further edge things up.
February 28, 2016: Anne Hathaway
"Radiant" was an understatement for Oscar winner Anne Hathaway at the Vanity Fair Oscars party in 2016, where the glowing actress capitalized on the moment in a fierce black-and-gold Naeem Khan masterpiece.
April 17, 2016: Ginnifer Goodwin
Can you say elegant? The expecting Once Upon a Time alum looked white hot while attending a fashion benefit for John Varvatos in L.A. a few years back. Lest you think she spent a fortune on her duds, however, we’ll have you know that she was outfitted in a lace maternity dress from A Pea in the Pod that cost less than $200!
May 14, 2016: Blake Lively
Blake Lively was a vision at Cannes in 2016, and not just because of her beaded Atelier Versace frock with a seemingly mile-long train. With its curve-hugging silhouette, much of the spotlight was on her growing baby bump, which the Gossip Girl alum showed off with pride while making her way down the film festival’s red carpet.
September 18, 2016: Kerry Washington
Brandon Maxwell was behind the jaw-dropping number Kerry Washington slayed in at the 2016 Emmys, which featured daring cutout slits under the bust and a dramatic black train. The custom gown was perfectly tailored around the Little Fires Everywhere actress's growing bump, and Washington later revealed that the designer even added a personalized label bearing her name inside the dress.
November 30, 2016: Irina Shayk
Irina Shayk shocked the world in 2016 after walking the Victoria’s Secret runway looking absolutely stunning—while six months pregnant. So incredible did she look, in fact, that many didn’t even realize she was expecting, particularly given the brand’s strategic styling.
January 8, 2017: Natalie Portman
Natalie proved she was no pregnancy fashion one-trick pony back in 2017, when she channeled Jackie O. in a monochrome yellow Prada gown with minimalistic beading at the sleeves and hem. The piece, which featured an empire waist and three-quarter-length sleeves, kept the actress (and her belly) largely covered up, while remaining incredibly mod.
February 12, 2017: Beyoncé
Grammy win? Check. Glitzy gown? Check. Burgeoning belly? That's a check. Beyoncé all but dominated the 2017 awards, dressing up her bump in a sequin-covered red Peter Dundas design with a square-cut neckline for the red carpet. The "Crazy in Love" songstress then changed into a heavily beaded gold tunic for her stint as a fertility goddess during a performance of "Love Drought" and "Sandcastles."
February 24, 2017: Amal Clooney
Amal Clooney had no qualms about pulling out the fashion big guns while expecting. Case in point? The black-and-white feathered Atelier Versace masterpiece the lawyer opted for while attending the César Film Awards in Paris in 2017. The finishing touches? A matching white Versace clutch, Lorraine Schwartz jewels, and her twin-sized baby bump.
Feb 26, 2017: Ciara
Beyoncé's fellow pregnant pop star, Ciara, debuted a similar look to Bey for the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscars Party, albeit in a stretchy velvet material. The moody hue, plunging neckline, and body-skimming fit of the "1, 2 Step" crooner's Jovani Couture dress, however, had much the same effect: Wowza!
May 1, 2017: Serena Williams
Kim K.'s not the only one to slay the Met Gala while pregnant—tennis star Serena Williams also nailed her look in 2017, opting for a divine green Versace gown. With a mermaid silhouette and strategic, asymmetrical beading across the front, the dress was a huge score on the athlete's fashion board.
February 18, 2018: Kate Middleton
A mom three times over, the Duchess of Cambridge could do no wrong when it came to maternity style, but it was the dark green Jenny Packham number that she wore for an appearance at the 2018 BAFTA Awards that made the most lasting impression on us. Complementing her dark hair and hazel eyes just so and perfectly cut to fit her pregnant form, this gown was definitely one for the books.
May 7, 2018: Cardi B
For her first Met Gala appearance in 2018, Cardi B showed off her pregnancy curves in an ornately embellished Moschino by Jeremy Scott gown. Not only did the form-fitting, bejeweled design completely embody the "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination" theme, but it also perfectly accentuated the rapper's growing belly.
December 10, 2018: Meghan Markle
Arguably no one's pregnancy style has been more scrutinized in recent years than Meghan Markle's, but the Suits alum more than rose to the challenge on multiple occasions. Want proof? Check out the breathtakingly beautiful custom one-shoulder black Givenchy gown that she chose for the British Fashion Awards. It was timeless and unbelievably elegant—just like Meghan herself.
February 24, 2019: Krysten Ritter
The naked look was alive and well at the 2019 Oscars courtesy of Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter, who seriously rocked this lacy red Reem Acra showstopper. The eye-popping look also served as Krysten's baby announcement—the actress simply captioned an Instagram shot from the event with the word, "Surprise!!!"
February 2, 2020: Jodie Turner-Smith
Jodie Turner-Smith was a vision at the 2020 BAFTAs in her custom sunshine yellow Gucci dress. The floor-length gown's bold color, all-over sequins, and plunging neckline were almost enough to distract on-lookers from the expecting actress's subtle bump.
February 9, 2020: Ciara
Ciara returned to the Vanity Fair Oscars Party again in 2020 in yet another jaw-dropping pregnancy look. The expecting singer stunned in a sheer Ralph & Russo gown that featured head-to-toe crystals, a thigh-high slit, and a matching headpiece. A black bodice cradled her bump under the see-through dress.
October 7, 2021: Halsey
Halsey didn't just give us one spectacular look while pregnant with son Ender in 2021—she gave us an entire sartorial cinematographic masterpiece in the form of her visual album, "If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power." The mama-to-be's stylist, Law Roach, dug deep into the fashion vault for their insanely ornate costumes, one of which was originally worn by Linda Evangelista on the 1996 runway for Vivienne Westwood. Telling the tale of a pregnant queen being persecuted for her late husband's death, the film also featured a scene of the singer baring it all, giving viewers an über-intimate glimpse of her unborn babe.
December 21, 2021: Jennifer Lawrence
The Dior spokeswoman was with child while attending the premiere of her new film, Don't Look Up, and it was clear that pregnancy agreed with her—she was glowing in the designer gown she chose for the affair, and it wasn't all due to the champagne sequins.
Feb 11, 2022: Rihanna
Rihanna's red carpet pregnancy debut was over-the-top fabulous, with a sliced sequin halter top and a pair of matching bottoms from The Attico's spring 2022 collection. The skin-baring look wasn't a fluke—as the Ocean's Twelve star told Fashionista, it was an intentional choice designed to boost her mojo. "I'm trying to challenge myself because it’s a challenge getting dressed and feeling sexy [while pregnant],” she told the publication. “So I’m pushing myself to just go for it, and I’m having fun. So the stuff that’s more strappy or more revealing or that’s not for maternity, I want that."
March 1, 2022: Rihanna
Rihanna proved she's just getting started with her pregnancy looks when she arrived at the Dior Fall 2022 show in a sheer black lace slip with a matching leather coat. A daring pair of patent-leather heeled boots and a crimson red lip finished off the instantly iconic ensemble.