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Serena Williams Poses Topless As Pregnant Goddess For Vanity Fair, And Some People Find It “Disgusting”
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Serena Williams Poses Topless As Pregnant Goddess For Vanity Fair, And Some People Find It “Disgusting”

Worldwide tennis champion Serena Williams pretty much slays everything she does, and that’s soon going to include motherhood. To celebrate the upcoming arrival of her little one, she recently posed for the cover of Vanity Fair – wearing nothing but panties and a body chain.

Serena first met her man, Reddit inventor Alexis Ohanian, in 2015 at a hotel in Rome. After a year and a half of courtship, romantic dates in Paris, and Alexis flying around the world to watch Serena play, the pair became engaged in December 2016. The following month, Serena made the jaw-dropping discovery that she was 8 weeks pregnant – and then casually went on to win all 7 matches of the Australian Open with no one even knowing her secret.

Though Serena looks like a stunning, other-worldly goddess in the sumptuous Annie Leibovitz photo series, you probably could’ve guessed by now that, as usual, some people are still shocked by the sight of a naked, pregnant female body. For the most part, however, she’s getting the praise she deserves. See her incredible photoshoot below, and add your opinion in the comments!

More info: Vanity Fair | Annie Leibovitz

Serena Williams is 6 months pregnant, and she’s showing it off on the cover of Vanity Fair

Image credits: Annie Leibovitz

The sumptuous photos, taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, are stirring up fresh controversy

Image credits: Annie Leibovitz

Serena, a worldwide tennis champion, first discovered that she was pregnant back in January

Image credits: Annie Leibovitz

The surprise came just a month after she got engaged to her 2-year sweetheart, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian

Image credits: Annie Leibovitz

Image credits: Annie Leibovitz

As touching as Serena’s love story is, not everyone on the Internet was impressed with her photoshoot

Many commentators, however, quickly came to her defense

What do you think? Are Serena’s pregnancy photos stunning or scandalous? Let us know below!

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Captain Planet
Community Member
5 years ago

I think it's because the west is so (relatively) peaceful/rich for so long now. People can now afford to keep themselves busy by creating new trivial frustrations which weren't even an issue/priority when your country is poor or at war. Since when is projecting what you would or wouldn't do onto other people a thing? Can't you say "This isn't for me, or "I" wouldn't feel comfortable doing and leave it at that? Why do those spoiled people have to try and change/influence other people to copy their character? Seems very nosy and egocentric. Just keep yourself busy with your own life. If it's so boring you have to continuesly judge others then get a hobby.

Robert Werk
Community Member
5 years ago

Personally, I don't give a damn about the photos as it is her business what she does with her body. But this comment sums up the "west" (I'll say first world) countries societal problems (most anyway) so incredibly well that it makes my head spin. Well said good sir! Well said indeed.

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Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
5 years ago

I think the photo is well made - not too much of PhotoShop, she looks natural and really pretty. The shots are not offensive in any way. If she was photographed at the beach in a bikini, noone would fuss about how she should keep it private. I have a feeling most haters are envious little humans. If it throws you back so much - don't look... But stop spilling your poison.

Kristi Zoebelein
Community Member
5 years ago

Exactly! If she were at the beach and pregnant, no one would have an issue. She is a gorgeous woman with a gorgeous figure. I don't understand the judge-y nature of some people.

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Daria B
Community Member
5 years ago

Things like pregnancy and motherhood are controversial? Wow, Brave New World is happening.

Hans
Community Member
5 years ago

It has become controversial to be controversial. It is also controversial, though, to avoid controversy. We are living in a world where freaking out has become normal.

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Hans
Community Member
5 years ago

I also heard that a bag of rice recently fell over in China.

darknessIsMyOutfit
Community Member
5 years ago

Holly shit really?!?!?! Lol i get your point on insignificant news

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jacluckycat
Community Member
5 years ago

When women of colour do things white women have been doing for decades, outrage ensues. I guarantee if she had a lighter skin tone this would be trite, not controversial

Amy Whinston
Community Member
5 years ago

People were just as ridiculously upset when Demi Moore posed pregnant and naked.

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Beatriz Villanova
Community Member
5 years ago

Hilarious. I just can't understand why someone can take those photos as an offense . Weren't we all born naked ?

Андрей Сергеевич Консолэ
5 years ago

She is not naked. She is in topless, and she is covering her tits with her hands. So?

Kristi Zoebelein
Community Member
5 years ago

Exactly! And people here in the US would faint if they saw TV in other countries. While visiting my husband's grandparents in France we saw shampoo commercials on TV with completely nude women in the shower. And that was 20 years ago.

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Master Markus
Community Member
5 years ago

I really hate people who treat nudity like it's controversial and will seriously harm "the children".

Lori Grondin
Community Member
5 years ago

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing. Why not show it off? For those that are disgusted...here's a suggestion. DON'T LOOK!! Its that simple!

Hazel Waring
Community Member
5 years ago

Can't she just do what she wants? Jeez.

boredhuman
Community Member
5 years ago

and that's why i'm a dog and cat person. no drama.

Juniper Berry
Community Member
5 years ago

It's just art

Maureen Zappellini
Community Member
5 years ago

Right? It's easy to tell who has never cracked open an art history book. First page of Jansen? the mother goddess figure!

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Kelly Cudby
Community Member
5 years ago

The people complaining about this are also the ones that want breastfeeding mothers to sit in toilets to feed the baby. Women aren't allowed to be women, proud of themselves in all their variety of form and function. Body shaming, the male gaze, victim blaming...women are expected to be neuter or objects of sexual fascination. Serena is gorgeous, and is a wonderful example to all humans,

Keira Olssen
Community Member
4 years ago

I think I should be allowed to take a dump in the middle of the aisle at my neighborhood Walmart. It's also a natural function of the human body, so.....

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Judit Thoma
Community Member
5 years ago

I think these photos are tasteful and show nothing more than a pregnant woman on the beach in a bikini would, so I really don't see how this is offensive or disrespectful.

Wim Cossement
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5 years ago

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Ldg Graham
Community Member
5 years ago

I say show whatever you want Serena!!!!!!!!!!!!! Show it ALL!!! It's your body/your choice and VERY tastefully done BTW. The only thing I see is beautiful dark skin and a glow! GO ON WITH YOUR BAD SELF!!!!!!!! Love, Lydia

Tiffany Harding
Community Member
5 years ago

Demi Moore did, literally, the same photo for the same magazine cover in the 90's. Anyone remember the outrage then?

I Was Not A Bullfrog
Community Member
5 years ago

There was at the time. And since then every other famous pregnant woman has been on Vanity Fair. It's nothing new know.

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Tereza Skálová
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5 years ago

Haters gonna hate, hate, hate hate.... Yeah, and she is ABSOLUTELY beautiful!

Deb Malone
Community Member
5 years ago

I am not harmed or offended by a woman sharing the beautiful changes of being pregnant.

Lelia Ungureanu
Community Member
5 years ago

I like her hair.

Meowton Mewsk
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4 years ago

It's not her hair.

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Sven
Community Member
5 years ago

Stunning photo's!

Janet Berkofsky
Community Member
5 years ago

First of all, no one complained when Beyonce did it. Secondly, we are born naked, as God intended, so what better way to show the beauty of pregnancy. She is not spreading her legs for all to see. She is not showing anymore than most show on the beach. My husband has always said a pregnant woman's body is beautiful and I agree. When I look at this photo, I see nothing but pure beauty, as it was intended to be.

Heidi Reckel
Community Member
5 years ago

And, these pictures are SO much more well done than the Beyonce photos!

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Brigitte
Community Member
5 years ago

I don't get it. Now in the times of social media and the overexposure of people's privat lifes that followed from it, some people are still shocked by something Demi Moore did 26 years ago?

creamegg
Community Member
5 years ago

Money, money, money ! (insert Abba tune )

Demet Gönen
Community Member
5 years ago

I understand why some female celebrities want to share naked photos of themselves, but I don't understand it for a successful and strong woman like Serena. Why? What for? If her aim is to show pregnant women can be beautiful and sexy too, she can do it without going nude, she could also instead adress many issues pregnant women around the world have to face, that would be much better mission.

Keira Olssen
Community Member
4 years ago

EXACTLY.

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Harley Quinn
Community Member
5 years ago

At least it ain't Beyoncé.

kawms
Community Member
5 years ago

I agree it's an invasion of privacy. Why don't couples want to keep this occasion private and deeply meaningful between themselves?

Hayley Lightcap
Community Member
5 years ago

Well the issue here is that people are upset with such a personal event being publicized but I don't see a problem if the woman consented.

Laury M.
Community Member
5 years ago

While it IS a personal event, it's not harmful to anyone, it's celebrating life, it's celebrating a type of person and body that are not celebrate enough, and it's an event that a very large number of people can relate to.

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Katka Bobková
Community Member
5 years ago

Very nice pictures!

Stijn V.
Community Member
5 years ago

i just don't get it. 2 days ago she complained on twitter about mcenroe that he didn't respect her privacy because he made a comment about what he thought about her tennis abilities. And her tennis abilities seem to belong in my opinion to her public persona.

Laury M.
Community Member
5 years ago

The difference is, McEnroe's comment was out of the blue. She's not playing currently, cause she's pretty pregnant. He went out with a comment to diss her for publicity while she was 100% minding her business. That photoshoot? Her choice. Privacy is delimited by the person it concerns. Think of underwear versus bikini. Basically shows the same things, the difference is choice.

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Mimis Nachbarin
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5 years ago

The beauty of the female body, pregnant or not, has always been the main object of art. So where is the problem here?

Ayfer Eren
Community Member
5 years ago

She shouldn't hold her breasts.. If she is naked she has to be full naked.. But naked pregnant Women photos are not New anyway.. Never understand to urge to display......

Laura Bauer
Community Member
5 years ago

Geez, talk about attention whoring! who cares if you are pregnant? does she need money so desperately that she has to do a photo shoot like this? Believe it or not, no one cares

Saun Hytche
Community Member
4 years ago

Her first baby! She wanted to capture the moment, and she shared it with us...I think these are tears in my eyes...thank you, Serena...looking forward to another collaboration with photographer, Annie Leibovitz, for baby pics!

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d
Community Member
5 years ago

Foisting your opinion or taste on others cuts both ways. People are entitled to like these images but others are just as entitled to dislike them. This article has a bigger platform than any comments section so it is even more guilty of trying to foist its taste on others than those it attacks! If you allow praise for the images then you should allow criticism too. Its all a matter of taste and no-one has to have the same taste as you... Personally - I find the photos very beautiful - but we're definitely reaching peak naked pregnant celebs...

Clyde Day
Community Member
5 years ago

Leave her alone. it is her decision, and you people don't get to run her life. If people don't think posing in the nude pregnant then don't do it, but don't tell someone else they can't.

kawms
Community Member
5 years ago

kawmsagain I agree that it's an invasion of privacy. Why don't couples want to keep these deeply intimate moments to themselves?

Keira Olssen
Community Member
4 years ago

M-O-N-E-Y.

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John Banister
Community Member
5 years ago

When I first saw the photo with her hand covering her "bosom" I thought "well, maybe she just needs the support." But then, the photo with the orange poncho suggests she gets along just fine without it. I will say that in the magazine photoshoot photos she looks like an icon - a living statue, whereas in the photos with her boyfriend, she looks like a person.

Lucine K
Community Member
5 years ago

She looks absolutely beautiful, stunining, confident ♥️♥️

B Gracie Lou
Community Member
5 years ago

It's absolutely beautiful, people don't need to leave hate about it..

Keira Olssen
Community Member
4 years ago

Everyone gets to voice their opinion on whatever they want. Contrary to the views on here, not everyone loves this crap.

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Carolyn Chehardy
Community Member
5 years ago

I think americans are hung up on the human body. It is beautiful.

Theresa Ann
Community Member
5 years ago

She is beautiful. My fav picture has to be the one of her and the daddy thou. He looks so in love, it's fantastic!

Diane Moffatt
Community Member
5 years ago

Wow! I wish I had ever looked that good.

Linda Barbosa Chaparro
Community Member
5 years ago

She can do whatever she wants and those people that don't like this kind of pictures, don't look at them! I don't like terror movies, and you know what!!?? I don't look at them and of course I don't start flaming...

Candace Zwirn
Community Member
5 years ago

Serena Williams Looks like PERFECTION! We should all be so lucky! Go girl!

Lyndsey Konya
Community Member
5 years ago

I think they are the most beautiful photos ever, women's bodies are amazing and they are never more amazing than when they are making life!

Maureen Zappellini
Community Member
5 years ago

What's wrong with a beautiful healthy mother body? She's a primal image and has been celebrated since the dawn of art! Venus of Willendorf

ivett cser
Community Member
5 years ago

so......what is the problem again? From what I can understand, society is more into slandering what they do not or cannot achieve (aka serena a successful and empowering athlete who happens to be female) over their own circumstances. That is all i can get out of the tweets.

Allie Orona
Community Member
5 years ago

So... what? Another controversy over something stupid? Whoop-dee-doo, people still don't agree with one another, and still will argue with complete strangers about silly things, when all we really do with that is make someone's viewpoint stronger, as they feel a need to defend it. I don't get why this is news, at this point.

Pamela Morris Cochran
Community Member
4 years ago

Why you gotta be naked? Why? What's the purpose??

Keira Olssen
Community Member
4 years ago

Amen.

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Pamela Morris Cochran
Community Member
4 years ago

Wht you gotta be naked? Why? What's the purpose?

Laurence Cooper
Community Member
4 years ago

Well my only beef with it is that people around the world have kids every day but we all don't post pictures of it because it's our private joy and not for all the world to see

Keira Olssen
Community Member
4 years ago

Thank you.

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Ejaz Khan
Community Member
4 years ago

Disgusting..... beautifulcelebs.net

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
5 years ago

She is not usually in trashy mags, etc. She keeps her private life private, but to get an opportunity to be photographed by a legend? Why the hell not? She is celebrating her happiness. What an inspirational, strong woman. We could all learn a lot from her.

Robyn Williams
Community Member
5 years ago

Nothing wrong with a pregnant woman nor a naked body, however I fail to understand why so many "celebrities" feel the need to publicly display their naked pregnant bodies. There is a time and place for everything but I don't believe this is the time nor the place.

Saun Hytche
Community Member
5 years ago

Well, enjoy beautiful body shots now because after baby body is a no joke disaster for a lot of women...sagging, drooping, stretch marking in places you would never have guessed even if you are in excellent physical shape prior to pregancy.

Terry Foote
Community Member
5 years ago

I think she's gross even if she wasn't naked and pregnant

Keira Olssen
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm okay with her, but I find the whole naked guy thing gross no matter who's whoring it out for public attention.

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Paul Muller
Community Member
5 years ago

unmarried having a child. what does that tell you

Saun Hytche
Community Member
5 years ago

Both filthy rich, probably already secretly married but waiting to do public or family/friend ceremony.

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Janet Aeschliman
Community Member
5 years ago

Why do these celebrities assume that the world is yearning to gaze upon their naked pregnant bodies? ❗❗❗ I do not understand, I find it rather disgusting . Take a picture.....take MILLION pictures of your naked pregnant body -- for your OWN eyes -- that's wonderful & something you will always want to have so you can remember but DON'T PLASTER on the covers of magazines to be sold at the checkout stands where normal average every day citizens with their children are subjected to your CRUDENESS..... forced to see something they don't care to see. Oh my ! -- I just referred to a naked pregnant CELEBRITY as crude. I am probably every thing from a racist to a baby hater. I don't care .

Keira Olssen
Community Member
4 years ago

BRAVO. Everything that you just said. You're like, one of the only intelligent people on here.

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Jenean Houston
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful photos Serena showing your natural beauty may god bless you with a healthy baby

Christoph Leipold
Community Member
5 years ago

Good job Serena and Annie. Go for it! You exactly got the responses you aimed for. Great art and good social jibe.

Jon Cobb
Community Member
5 years ago

Just no. I'm 26, have no children and don't want any, and honestly find it astheticly revolting. I had respect for this woman as a role model but now I don't. This is a pointless trend. As if normalizing nude women as part of the feminist movement will help stop the objectification of women. I literally can't take the logical fallacies. To post nudes and then have the audacity To imply entitlement to positive reactions by commenting on the negitive reaction to the photos of your naked pregnant body, so arrogant.

Keira Olssen
Community Member
4 years ago

FINALLY someone who gets it. I find it equally revolting. You've got the best comment I've seen on here. Makes more sense than everyone else here combined. You summed it up perfectly.

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Chris Robin
Community Member
5 years ago

I think the pictures are beautiful and tastefully done.

Yvonne Horton
Community Member
5 years ago

I love the second photo in the mango colored caftan...looks like a beautiful sculpture. Lovely photos

Manu Neho
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful in every sense. A celebration of who she was, who she is and who she is becoming.

Saun Hytche
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow!

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Idget
Community Member
5 years ago

Serena is a world class athlete, and will certainly be a world class Mom. If she chooses to express her pregnancy in this manner, and you happen to believe it is offensive, then turn the bloody page. Pregnant women are stunning, and for the nine months that their body takes a new form she obviously thinks on the same line. God bless her, her husband and forth coming child. And for that manner - God Bless all pregnant woman, as their beauty shines upon this brutal world!

Joan Thompson
Community Member
5 years ago

I'm so over sweating the small stuff and policing for others! Her body, her choice. You're upset? Don't look! You wouldn't do it? Don't! Don't want your kids to see it? Supervise them when you're out. As for me, don't worry about me, I can take care of myself.

Leslie Kraucunas
Community Member
5 years ago

She is at the height of her physicality! Her most powerful. And she is a professional athlete! Match that John McEnroe! Her most beautiful moment of her life. Congratulations on your upcoming union and new family! God bless.

Peri The Nerd
Community Member
5 years ago

So Beyonce can do it and people will fawn over her and her pregnancy, but when Serena does it it's considered gross? Women are beautiful and I wish people would look at naked bodies as natural, not sexualize them. All in all, she looks gorgeous <3

Jeannette Warren
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful picture.... who cares what other people think, don't buy the magazine if you don't like it and keep your comments to yourself. I think it is an amazing and beautiful photo.

Kia Jones
Community Member
5 years ago

She looks beautiful! I applaud her confidence! Check those arms....she is strong and feminine! Go Serena!!!

Edwin Lesperance
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful, sensitive photos. Wonderful, brave woman.

Igor Pismensky
Community Member
5 years ago

I pity the people that find the image disgusting. Warning ...... stay out of art galleries, historical, artifact & art museums you will see more of this type of beauty. The captured image of a beautiful women in a beautiful time of her life is well ......... JUST BEAUTIFUL!

Keira Olssen
Community Member
4 years ago

Don't pity me--I'm just fine. This is gross. Don't like it? Don't care.

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Leni
Community Member
5 years ago

Pff people no there is absolutely nothing sacred about a naked woman. It's a naked woman. We all look like that underneath our clothes. If you're disgusted with it, um... maybe worry a little about what society has taught you about the female body.

Risa Frazier
Community Member
5 years ago

It's beautiful,

Susan Walsdorf
Community Member
5 years ago

The pictures are tastefully done, not lewd and it shows a pregnant body. What's the problem?

Henny Hana
Community Member
5 years ago

pregnancy is a beautiful thing,flaunt it however you like.tbh i'd do it if someone let me.it's just i'm too ugly and my kids will die of embarrasment.

Chloe Gray
Community Member
5 years ago

Wtf a pregnant woman is always a beautiful thing!

Bruno Cunha
Community Member
5 years ago

People are just a bunch of fake prudes

Denise Lee
Community Member
5 years ago

She should be proud of her body. If you don't like it, don't look at it.

Debbie Smith
Community Member
5 years ago

How beautiful!

Aga Medrala
Community Member
5 years ago

She is soo beautiful

coffee zombie
Community Member
5 years ago

I don't care

De'leeze(fka moon)
Community Member
3 years ago

I love her pictures they show beauty in bringing forth life and I don't see why other people have a problem.It's her body and if she wants to do it she can.Most of ya'll are probably haters because you know you will never be able to do that.She embraces her body and if you don't like it then turn your head the other way,sit down,and shut up.

Rex Wilkie
Community Member
4 years ago

Disgusting?? As a bloke - sorry, ‘male’ (I think thats what I still called) I find this very humanistic. Pregnacy is what is - life replicating. It’s also a proud moment in the microsm that is a womans whole life. Enjoy it, flaunt it, and love it. It doesn’t last long. Oh yes - breastfeed the baby - anywhere anytime (respectfully) the baby needs to be fed, and enjoy that too! Signed,: a bloke and a Dad.

Keira Olssen
Community Member
4 years ago

Some people find it disgusting because it is. Just calling it like we see it. No amount of PC will make it otherwise.

Keira Olssen
Community Member
4 years ago

Gross. It was disgusting the first time VF posted this shit with Demi Moore's bloated hut in the cover, and it's disgusting now. The only people who want to see that shit are the significant others and maybe the immediate family. Outside of that, it's just attention whoring at its finest. I don't care what crap anyone wants to throw at my opinion--good for you. You keep your opinion and I'll keep mine. Would love to see the response of a big fat man on the cover of VF and whether or not people would say how beautiful that was. Sorry--some things just don't need to be seen. It's a free country--well, kinda'. Means you can look at it and BS about how wonderful it is. Likewise, I can say that it's gross, makes me want to barf, and you can shovel it if you don't like it. Barf. I like Serena and Demi Moore. I just ain't jumping on the PC bandwagon pretending to be impressed with this crap just because everyone else feels pressured by the other sheep to decry how "amazing" this is. It ISN'T.

June Pixeld
Community Member
4 years ago

People make such a big deal abt pregnancy nudes well i bet like half of them ha

June Pixeld
Community Member
4 years ago

Have seen disgusting nudity on purpose* this is artistic, serena is beautiful , and many previous people in history immortalised beauty in a nude painting. There are differences in the various types of nude art.

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Adam Bryce
Community Member
4 years ago

nice photos, done in good taste. what is the fuss about...?

Meowton Mewsk
Community Member
4 years ago

The only thing that's disgusting is the use of weave in her hair which is exploitative and appropriation. Otherwise the pics are cute! Normal pregnancy pictures.

Saun Hytche
Community Member
4 years ago

No humans were harmed in the harvesting of this hair...lol

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Steve Marqquess
Community Member
5 years ago

Our sense of beauty is everyday becoming gross. Strip it off mentality. Guess she would have been exquisite beautiful is she had spread her legs wide open. Beauty calls for decency and nothing more!

Sarah Henry
Community Member
5 years ago

Breathtaking and beautiful.

Selena Wilson
Community Member
5 years ago

She's stunning and what on earth is wrong with celebrating beauty and motherhood? People need to worry about more important things, like not judging people.

Ray De
Community Member
5 years ago

Her taking these photos and sharing them is no different than what most do with their let us say "EVERTHING!" and post it to social media. Most good hearted athletes and celebrities consider their fans as family.. In my opinion for anyone to call her disgusting is a bit too harsh....

Mich Winter
Community Member
5 years ago

Honestly, I don't give a crap one way or the other. Her choice, who cares!

David Woodman
Community Member
5 years ago

Love that womam

Kyle “Keyguy” McHattie
Community Member
5 years ago

I actually feel bad for the sad, angry people that had something bad to say about a beautiful, real woman displaying the beauty and magnificence of pregnancy. I found the photos striking and gorgeous. She has absolutely nothing of which to be ashamed.

Keira Olssen
Community Member
4 years ago

Please don't. They're not sad or angry people. Just people who don't share your opinion of this being the most miraculous thing ever. And as far as being "magnificent", no, it's just something that every other mammal on a Earth can do. Elephants are magnificent--this is gross attention seeking.

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Lisa Kay
Community Member
5 years ago

BEAUTIFUL, THANK YOU SERENA.

Lisa Kay
Community Member
5 years ago

Fall in love, make love, make beautiful babies, respect each other always.... Love it. Thank you Serena, you are a goddess. <3

Keira Olssen
Community Member
4 years ago

Ick,

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Jane Friar
Community Member
5 years ago

I think its a beautiful photo of a beautiful woman doing the most natural and beautiful thing in the world, having a baby. To all the negative people out there, you dont like it then don't look

Donna Oliver
Community Member
5 years ago

she looks fine...I picture a son coming around....

Janet Aeschliman
Community Member
5 years ago

What do celebrities ASSUME that the whole world desires to gaze upon their NAKED PREGNANT BODY I just do not get it! It something that should be for their scrapbook at home or on their bedroom wall at home . I'm disgusted by it and I don't care wgat anyone thinks . This is something that is perfectly normal to want to remember so I understand it being done to have for one's own memory and to share years later with the child that you were carrying etc. --that is quite different than plastering it on the fronts of magazines & exposing yourself at check out stands ;forcing the public along with the questioning eyes of children, to be subjected to this crude display. It's offensive & disrespectful !

Saun Hytche
Community Member
4 years ago

So, why not get paid?

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Lila McGrew
Community Member
5 years ago

I thought this stopped being a controversy after Demi Moore did it in 1991. (26 years ago) Don't like it? Don't look. http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2011/08/demi-moore-201108

Keira Olssen
Community Member
4 years ago

Nope--still gross. Guess what? We all get to have an opinion. If it's out there vein' flaunted, we're sure as hell gonna comment on it one way or another. Deal.

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Charlotte Banks
Community Member
5 years ago

If she were spread-eagled, showing off her chocha with the baby's head crowning, then yeah, I would be perturbed. But then again, some would say that would be a blessed moment captured on camera. Can't please everybody.

Saun Hytche
Community Member
4 years ago

Science

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rachael wright
Community Member
5 years ago

Whether married or not,if they can give a child a loving home what does it matter,and as for the photos,she is enjoying the experience of being pregnant,and why not.So all you that are condemning her photos,maybe lighten up and wish them all the best.Get a life folks.

Caroline de Lisser
Community Member
5 years ago

I look at these photos without any social programming and I see divine mother's beauty expressed in human form.

Lois Olson
Community Member
5 years ago

She is showing no more than if she was wearing a bikini, so what if she is pregnant it is a normal human function, nothing to be ashamed of or hide. Everyone I knew who was pregnant was happy about it maybe just more inhibited about showing it nude. We each have our own expressions of doing things why must we expect others to do as you would do?

Brenda Manuel Smith
Community Member
5 years ago

I think it's very tastefully done. Ppl are ridiculous! Our culture needs to take off their Puritan pants and start realizing their is a big difference between artful body images and porn. Nudity is not shameful. It can be art.

Michelle Alexander
Community Member
5 years ago

I think its beautiful. She is not just a celebrity but a woman. Striped down to just what she is. I personally feel the picture is a statement . There is more to her than just what know and have seen. She is real. Sharing all of herself. She is in love with her child growing inside her body. Its a beautiful thing. Its so much more than just a naked picture.

Chef Carla
Community Member
5 years ago

The subject is so perfect for the photograph. Annie Leibovitz is always phenomenal! Congratulations Serena for your coming baby.

Heidi Gould
Community Member
5 years ago

Aw! I love a beautiful baby belly :-) And loving photos with the father...Dang, ya know the kid's gonna be gorgeous! I'm not famous, but when I was pregnant with my first belly and still thin and tan, having lived in Hawaii, I would have taken nude pregger pictures and posted them all over the world as well!! A huge (no pun intended :-) moment of love and pride and wonder...why not share it with the world?

Nora Kellerhals Gangi
Community Member
5 years ago

I think the photos are beautiful. Shows the beauty of womens body changing as the life of her child grows inside. Haters pipe down. You don't like it, don't buy it.

Lyn Terrill
Community Member
5 years ago

Serena, Good on you. Skin is natural, we all have it, being pregnant is natural, most females will do it and most males will put them there. If you are comfortable showing your skin in a non offensive way and showing your pregnancy, I say go ahead, The people who are uncomfortable with you doing it are ashamed of their bodies and ashamed of the beautiful process of child bearing. The males who criticize are happy to do the act, but heaven forbid id they display the result.

Lorna LaBoy
Community Member
5 years ago

The photo's were beautiful and very tastefully done. The body is beautiful and nothing to be ashamed of. There were no genital or nipples showing nor were the poses of a sexual nature.

Mickey McGhee
Community Member
5 years ago

So when Beyonce does it at an award show on national television its ok????

Mary W
Community Member
5 years ago

HER AND DEMI MOORE ARE EXHIBITIONISTS AND IM SURE THEY GOT A LOT OF $$$$$$$ FOR DOING IT.... I WOULD NOT LET MY SPOUSE POSE NUDE. ITS A PRIVATE THING... BUT TO SAY ITS DISGUSTING... NO TO THE PRUDES...

Mary W
Community Member
5 years ago

WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HER AND DEMI MOORE POSING NUDE?... NOTHING!!... BUT WHY DO IT, WHATS THE PURPOSE... TO HAVE EVERYONE LOOK AT YOU BEING AN EXHIBITIONIST... WHATEVER... GEEEEZUS...

Sarah Connor
Community Member
5 years ago

stunning <3

Simon Kwan
Community Member
5 years ago

That is a perfect photo of a Nubian Amazon and haters just can't handle her strength and grace

Roni Chastain
Community Member
5 years ago

Shocking as it is to some people, women have breasts to nurture babies. Sick that in some states, women need laws to allow them to breastfeed in public. Totally sucks!! BrEST feeding for babies. She looks beautiful. With all the violence in the world today, seeing a pregnant woman, is a beautiful thing!

Melissa Hunfalvay
Community Member
5 years ago

I am not at all a Serena fan. However, what the hell America why are we so caught up with naked body images? This is all natural. If she wants to show her body let her show her body. Women have been criticized for the body images for so long I think it's great that she feels comfortable to do this. Good for you Serena

Saun Hytche
Community Member
4 years ago

I am a Serena snd Venus fan! Tennis masters, the likes of which coulf only come from team USA--Venus, in her role as leader of tennis professionals, negotiated to get parity in pay for women tennis players. Women players now get pay equal to men players. What a dynamic pair of athletes!

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Mary Spangenberg
Community Member
5 years ago

The world laughs at us stupid Americans.

Saun Hytche
Community Member
4 years ago

Well, because of us stupid Americans, women tennis players can laugh all the way to the bank...thanks, Venus and Billy Jean and British support.

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Danielle Chadwick
Community Member
5 years ago

What's the big deal? People are too critical of others. I say let her do as she pleases!

Debbie Specht
Community Member
5 years ago

If any of you office chair Jurors noticed,she is not completely naked, she has at least a g-string or thong on. Besides that, she is old enough to choose whether or not she wants to have this kind of Photo taken of herself. Feel free to scroll on past and not look at it!

Jenn Schwab
Community Member
5 years ago

beautiful.

Cheryl Carbo
Community Member
5 years ago

I see the artistry in the photos. I don't see naked pictures of Serena Williams. As women these are the changes our bodies go through to give life. It's beautiful and that includes women of all races. She's stunning.

Sue Glendening
Community Member
5 years ago

i think she's gorgeous & surely it's up to her to decide what she will or will not do. not everyone objects to seeing people naked & surprise! some people even think the naked body is beautiful. pregnant or not, female or male.

Misery's Fence
Community Member
5 years ago

Lovely young woman, lovely photoshoot. What's that old saying--"We don't see things as they are, we see them as WE are." The haters have already told us everything we need to know about *them*.

Ariel Lavery
Community Member
5 years ago

I love the photos! I think it's wonderful that the pregnant body is being increasingly normalized in contemporary media because of brave women like Serena.

Michelle Fowler Ford
Community Member
5 years ago

Are you SERIOUS? She looks GREAT! And so it's okay for Queen B or Demi Moore to pose but not her? People please get a life, get a grip there is more in this world worth bitching about that this!*Eye Roll*

Monika Sychra
Community Member
5 years ago

It is a beautiful picture, same as the one Demi Moore did over 20 years ago, aren't we more open these days than 20 years ago. Nothing obsene here, pregnant women are beautiful. Embrace it people.

Jobelle Aguiar
Community Member
5 years ago

These are probably the same people who find breast feeding in public disgusting. Sigh... The human body is beautiful at any age, in any condition.

Marguerite Micucci
Community Member
5 years ago

no difference than when photographed Demi Moore preg. so what big deal.

Jackie Blair
Community Member
5 years ago

What is the problem? Not like Demi Moore didn't do the same thing!!

Tracy Jenkins
Community Member
5 years ago

Was there this much of an uproar when Demi Moore did it?

Tracy Jenkins
Community Member
5 years ago

Was there this much of an uproar when Demi Moore did it?

Saun Hytche
Community Member
4 years ago

Yup

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Lesley Paris
Community Member
5 years ago

Doesn't bother me. Trouble is, it's getting boring now. They all do it. NEXT....!!!

Rebecca Hamper
Community Member
5 years ago

I think she looks absolutely stunning. If you don't like it, don't look.

Regina Boyd
Community Member
5 years ago

If the same pic was in National Geographic it would be considered Art!! Annie Leibovitz is an Artist and Serena is awesome and a good role model for how to go after your dreams a long with her sister!!! Besides she is hardly the first women to do a photo shoot like this!!! People get so easily offended these days!!!!!!!!

Tiffany Walker
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful

Jennifer Lambert
Community Member
5 years ago

She is beautiful, so lovely.

Jen Zeller
Community Member
5 years ago

You go, Mamma!!

adoracat
Community Member
5 years ago

She's beautiful. I think that a nude photo isn't the best idea for a COVER shot, but I don't think it's a wrong idea for an article.

Margaret Bellisario
Community Member
5 years ago

Honestly you people are all ridiculous and so opinionated! Who cares what you or anyone else does! It's not your life.

Samantha Mietla
Community Member
5 years ago

Stunning. Gorgeous. Beautiful.

Margie Brewer
Community Member
5 years ago

What is the problem? What that woman does with a camera is art. What she does with miss Williams is beautiful. I do not see any thing disgusting in these photos of life. 50 years ago they didn't want to show the bump, let alone so raw and real. Beautiful. I could see her doing the birth photos. Wow they could be fantastic..

Tim Morrison
Community Member
5 years ago

I agree with other comment that it is no different than Demi Moore. Disgusting? Fuck right off!!!!!!!

Pat Langhurst
Community Member
5 years ago

Serena Williams is a goddess. I remember in the sixties that women hid their pregnant bodies by the design of the clothes of that era. It was considered in bad taste to wear form fitting clothes when pregnant or to show pregnancy. The human body is beautiful, as is pregnancy. I have no problem with such a strikingly, physically beautiful woman posing nude during pregnancy.

Nancy Cirulnick Lommel
Community Member
5 years ago

There is nothing wrong with showing the beauty of the nude body. I applaud her for this. Bodies are beautiful and pregnancies are beautiful.

Connie Kupke
Community Member
5 years ago

I wouldn't have published pictures of me pregnant, but that's just me. If she wanted to do it, then it's her choice. Why does anyone think it is their place to criticize her?

Dorothy Fredrick
Community Member
5 years ago

I think she looks absolutely gorgeous. Motherhood is beautiful, and it looks fabulous on her. Why should she be embarrassed? Her body is changing with the miracle of life, and I think it's an amazing thing to see.

Angela Martel
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful!!

Stella Luna
Community Member
5 years ago

Not offended at all. We are all allowed our opinion but remember it's just that...an opinion. My opinion...she looks amazing and why shouldn't she be proud of her changing body!

Tori Wilson-hartzfeld
Community Member
5 years ago

when Demi Moore did the exact same thing, no one seemed to mind. At least there wasn't the uproar seen here. Jennifer Anniston did the same, and still no one opposed her choice. So, what's the difference? The difference is this is a full figured woman. NOT a stick figure with long willowy legs and allibaster skin. These are beautiful photos so why shouldn't she show them off. When I was last pregnant more than 26yrs ago I would never have thought to wear a crop top with my exposed belly hanging over my pants as many women do today, it just wasn't done. But, because Demi Moore chose to expose herself in a national magazine it seems everyone does it these days. its no sweat off my nose and most people don't think twice when they see this in public. My suggestion is, if you don't like it, don't look. Get over yourselves and move on with your own life.

Katie Wilkinson
Community Member
5 years ago

Actually there was a lot of controversy about the Demi Moore photos too. We Americans are a prudish bunch. I think these photos are gorgeous!

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Lisa Rogers
Community Member
5 years ago

Hey all you haters: you think you were brought by the stork?!?!

Heather Parkins
Community Member
5 years ago

I think the photos are beautiful, and I find her nudity to be refreshing in a world that is all too prudish at times.

Donna Bannigan
Community Member
5 years ago

I'm all for people having an opinion, but saying she has "no respect" because she's not married (yet!) is rediculous! Not everyone wants to get married. Not everyone has the option. I, personally, don't like the picture, but that's just me. I don't think she's "disgusting", or being "shameful". I think what she is, is brave, for showing her body when it's stretched to its limit (literally!). Especially when she knows that these kinds of reactions can, and will, happen. I would hope she can let these comments wash over her, and not let them get to her. But I can imagine that the ones she sees will hurt. All I will say to those hateful people is this: I truly hope you never have to experience the same kind of hate-filled, sanctemonious, trite when you post a picture of yourself. No one is making you look at her picture. No one is making you buy the magazine. Just ignore it if you don't like it, and find something more productive to do with your time.

Charlotte Freeman
Community Member
5 years ago

She looks amazing. Women who are pregnant should have to hide - lets not go back to the years when they weren't even allowed in public.

Jane Overton
Community Member
5 years ago

It's about time people recognize this kind of beauty. You don't even have to have a great body to be beautiful when pregnant. It's ultimate.

Frank Biafore
Community Member
5 years ago

From news photo dated 08/15/61 - Eartha Kitt, the dynamic singer, is expecting a baby in about 3 months time, but it hasn't interfered at all with her work. On Sunday she appeared on British television - and raised protests from viewers who felt she ought not to appear in such a condition. But Eartha believes that pregnancy is a normal function, not an illness. She leads a perfectly normal life... earthapreg...b0280f.jpg earthapregnant-5955981b0280f.jpg

Frank Biafore
Community Member
5 years ago

From news photo dated 08/15/61 - Eartha Kitt, the dynamic singer, is expecting a baby in about 3 months time, but it hasn't interfered at all with her work. On Sunday she appeared on British television - and raised protests from viewers who felt she ought not to appear in such a condition. But Eartha believes that pregnancy is a normal function, not an illness. She leads a perfectly normal life... earthapreg...9d9988.jpg earthapregnant-59559699d9988.jpg

Holly Wilson
Community Member
5 years ago

What about all those paintings by great artists that are, in some cases, 100 of years old? If not decades. So it's a photo instead of a painting. Or is it because she's black?

Tammy Teige
Community Member
5 years ago

She looks beautiful, strong, and graceful, there is nothing shameful about the human body, people need to get over their puritanical BS, and celebrate life

Nancy McClain
Community Member
5 years ago

As a woman who has a grown son and also as a photographer who appreciates the beauty of the female form, these photos are beautiful, tastefully done and very artistic. I used to catch a lot of flak for the nudes in my portfolio and if you don't like nudes or are offended by nudity, then don't look! Best wishes to Serena, Alexis, and their baby!

Sharon Robbins
Community Member
5 years ago

Kudos to Serena for sharing her beauty at a very special time in her life! Photography was graceful and not a bit disgusting. Wonderful as always, Ms Libowitz!

Pegie Gault
Community Member
5 years ago

I don't understand the offended parties?? Have these complainers never been pregnant? Serena, is a beautiful, talented, successful young woman. This is her first baby. She certainly can't hide it! This is the happiest time in life I'm sure. Success, a future husband, who is well - WOW, and a baby on the way! Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, in all it's stages. If I had been braver? I would've loved to have a nude of myself carrying one of my children! To remember that time, to see the magic of the naked pregnant body? As women we should embrace the beauty of the naked pregnant body! What we do as mothers, is not - for the weak!! I don't get the whiners passing judgement on the most beautiful time in any woman's life!

Sandra Earls
Community Member
5 years ago

Don't remember anyone getting too upset about Demi Moore doing the same thing years ago. Why all the commotion now?

Charlotte Billger
Community Member
5 years ago

Funny it was great when Demi Moore did almost the thing but not for Serena...funny.pregnancy is all over Facebook too and no one seems to complain.....I say way to go Serena

Diane Daniels
Community Member
5 years ago

She looks beautiful. Nothing more beautiful than a pregnant woman, maybe one nursing her child is about equal. I do not understand how some people can be so judgemental about others. There is this thing called ignoring the article or the photos. IF you do not like something just close the page, it's pretty easy. WHY make negative or nasty comments just because you don't agree that the photos are beautiful?

Z
Community Member
5 years ago

Shame on her. She should obviously wear the clothes she was born in and not have babies like people have been doing since the dawn of humanity.

UnclMikey Jones
Community Member
5 years ago

The Puritans are up in arms! They say "don't broadcast that which nature created"! I say balderdash! A pregnant woman takes on a type of beauty unique in the world. Offer it to those persons who have open enough minds to enjoy the beauty displayed! Let the Puritans hide under the bed.

Kathleen Dahlquist-Gray
Community Member
5 years ago

I love the photos... I feel that they take away the oppressive history of shaming women's bodies whether dressed or undressed, pregnant or not, white or of color. The pictures celebrate the greatest miracles that a woman can perpetuate... the giving of life.

Petra Rola Cole
Community Member
5 years ago

Well, she's the owner of her body and she can do whatever she wants with it, if you don't like it then don't see the pics and piss off.

Tammy Heatley
Community Member
5 years ago

Every woman is a goddess, especially when their pregnant!! Don't like, don't look!!!

Jade
Community Member
5 years ago

Meh, she's still wearing pants it's not like she's totally naked so this is misleading. She can do whatever she likes in my opinion.

Lena Druge
Community Member
5 years ago

I think she looks beautiful. Photos are tasteful and awesome. Demi Moore and many other stars have done this same thing and not been bashed on , let Serena's photos grace this magazine. And Serena congratulations on your pregnancy. May you have a healthy happy baby.

Vivi Walker
Community Member
5 years ago

They are beautiful. She is a beautiful woman and the photos are very artistic ... I think they're great!

Diane Lee
Community Member
5 years ago

I love Serena and Venus... I especially love the way they love each other. I don't know the other family members but I just know there is a lot of love there. I love Serena's photo, I think she is beautiful. Now... that is the nice side of me... here is the snarky side of me... I think Serena should send a copy of her Time Cover to 45 and tell him to feel free to replace his fake Time Cover in the WH with her real one. :)

Autumn Raine
Community Member
5 years ago

This is a show and tell everything society now !!

Goodluck Ede
Community Member
5 years ago

Divine Sculptural Masterpiece!!

Goodluck Ede
Community Member
5 years ago

The Beauty Of the African Body!

Petra Christovová
Community Member
5 years ago

I really do not get what is so disgusting or controvert about the photo, which is imho really well made and beautiful. Only thing that disgust me are people who actually see this as something bad or ugly.

Keira Olssen
Community Member
4 years ago

We're disgusted by you, too. ;)

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Connie Weller
Community Member
5 years ago

Serena, you are beautiful! Just ignore the jealous little trolls. Don't like it, folks, just scroll on by!

Keira Olssen
Community Member
4 years ago

No ones jealous. You're confusing that with nausea

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Buie Wynn
Community Member
5 years ago

It is sad that people, especially women, are made to feel ashamed over their unclothed bodies. Sadder still, it is mostly women doing the body shaming.

Keira Olssen
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah. We should all walk around naked. Especially big fat hairy men. 'Cause, you know, beauty... XD

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Vera Deme
Community Member
5 years ago

Beautiful from every aspect! Lovely couple!

Anita Slaughter Lofgren
Community Member
5 years ago

It's not being nosy when they put it out for everyone to see. I thought she was a Christian. These photos are indecent ,, no modesty at all.

Raymond Sherbaum
Community Member
5 years ago

No one had anything to say when Demi Moore did the same thing during her pregnancy!

Maria Negrete
Community Member
5 years ago

totally agree with @Captain Planet!

Magdelene Daniel
Community Member
5 years ago

Teach his own, well in her case, it's to each her own. I personally wouldn't do it, but it's her choice, her body and she will have to explain to her child, the reason for doing this. It's not an issue for me, it's her life and has to give an account to God, like all of us. Serena is simply gorgeous. Congratulations on becoming a mom, one of the most beautiful experience ever!

Rebecca Olberding
Community Member
5 years ago

She has a right to show her body as she sees fit. She consented to be photographed this way and consented to have it published for the world to see. Her body, her choice. If you don't like it, don't look. You can't tell someone else to not do something because it makes you feel uncomfortable. The world isn't about just you. Why is that such a hard concept to grasp?

Andrew Good
Community Member
5 years ago

You can't even see anything, stupid fucks!

Linda Abbott
Community Member
5 years ago

I think that if you don't like it, don't look, don't do a photo like that yourself and don't buy the magazine. If you want to take issue with Vanity Fair, you can do that, but you're a little late. You should have done that when they started featuring other celebrities naked while pregnant. I think maybe there might be other situations in your own life to take care of without getting into other people's lives. I wish people would stop being so judgmental. Mind your own business, please.

J.P. Adama
Community Member
5 years ago

I don't see a problem. This celebrates motherhood and the beauty of it.

Lee from Phoenix
Community Member
5 years ago

I don't find it "disgusting." It's up to her, if she wants to pose stark naked standing on her head. I just don't understand the current fad of publishing pictures of naked pregnant women.

Charles Pry
Community Member
5 years ago

nudity is not inherently sexual. leave her alone.

Karen Wooten
Community Member
5 years ago

I think that the photos are beautiful....Nothing obscene at all....Shows the beauty of motherhood!

Sherrie Johnson
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5 years ago

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Becky Murphy
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