A Pregnant Model Walked (and Rocked!) Chanel’s Runway

Here’s something you don’t see every day on a high-fashion runway: a pregnant strutter.

Yes, Karl Lagerfeld sent his model muse, Ashleigh Good, down the haute couture runway in a bridal gown that clearly showed her real-life pregnancy.

Not surprisingly, the Twitterverse immediately lit up with feedback:

The @chanel #couture show featured 2 buzzy catwalkers: @KendallJenner and a pregnant bride! http://t.co/EXQn1Uf3SB pic.twitter.com/xJKbgI6FNN

— Glamour Fashion (@glamour_fashion) July 8, 2014

Karl Lagerfeld and Ashleigh Good – Finale at Chanel Fall/Winter… #fashion #model pic.twitter.com/4Ih4M8co6n — fashionmodelsnap (@FModelSnap) July 8, 2014

Pregnant brides will be happy to know that @CHANEL is now creating maternity bridal wear: http://t.co/UHS0jgPiKd pic.twitter.com/NSf6w4LoQc — Fashionista.com (@Fashionista_com) July 8, 2014

Ashleigh Good 6mths pregnant walks down #Chanel #HauteCouture show with Karl in stunning gold/white #wedding gown. pic.twitter.com/cp7lTPJf6k

— Weddingberry (@weddingberry) July 8, 2014

Lagerfeld, who isn’t exactly known for embracing body types larger than the dimensions of a typical fashion model, held hands with Good as she strutted in a dazzling white gown with rich gold accents—a look that appeared fit for royalty.

The move is bold not just because a designer chose to employ a pregnant model for a high-profile runway walk. But it also makes a statement about the variety of now-ordinary ways, once considered nontraditional or even scandalous, that brides take their own walks down the aisle. (We recently covered a study of millennial parents that showed a whopping 64 percent of them have at least one baby outside of marriage.)

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Sure, such wedding a gown may fall well outside the range of accessibility for most pregnant brides. But it’s easy to picture on any number of celebrities in Hollywood, who frequently set examples of marriage with—or after—baby bump.

What do you think of Chanel’s pregnant bride example?

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