Your pregnant belly already holds a masterpiece, but these women had their baby bumps turned into works of art for a great cause.
The Belly Art Project is a fabulous photo collection of expecting mamas, each posed with a painted bare belly. The woman behind the endeavor is Spanx founder Sara Blakely, who says she wants to celebrate women’s bumps instead of hiding them under smoothing spandex. Now, Blakely has gathered all the photos from the project into The Belly Project book, which released today.
The amazing photos highlight the beauty of the pregnant body with paint, props, and some clever optical illusions. Famous bellies and everyday mom bellies were transformed into beach balls, watermelons, and even the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae.
When Blakely was pregnant with her son, she realized her pregnant body was a perfect canvas to create a memorable work of art. She brainstormed as many round objects as she could and took to the streets with a photographer in tow.
“Mothers are one of our planet’s greatest resources,” Blakely writes in the book. “We need to do everything we can to support them.”
More than 100 moms worldwide bared their bumps to raise awareness for maternal health, including celebrity moms Savannah Guthrie, Molly Sims, Milla Jovovich, and Kate Winslet. Winslet got epic for her belly art, posing as a ticking time bomb about to explode! (We get it, the countdown to Baby is intense!)
The photographers had to race against that same clock to develop looks for each woman, photographed at eight or nine months pregnant—turning their bellies into snow globes, tea pots, and hot air balloons before their babies arrived.
“I see my belly as a glorious but temporary canvas,” Blakely wrote in The Belly Art Project. “I want to capture this moment in time.”
Got the urge to paint your belly to document your own pregnancy? Share your photos with #bellyartproject to join the movement and help other moms.
Libby Ryan is Editorial Assistant for Parents.com.