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The Power of Modeling Pregnant at New York Fashion Week

Yesterday was Maddie Moon’s first time modeling at New York Fashion Week. But the Manhattan-based designer wasn’t alone in her debut at Collina Strada’s fall ready-to-wear show—it was her daughter’s (with fiancé Waris Ahluwalia) first time modeling, at 32 weeks in utero, too. 

“[Collina Strada designer] Hillary was over for a low-key dinner one night and we shared the news of our pregnancy,” Moon tells me. “I was only showing a little at the time, but she asked if I wanted to walk in her show. I felt comfortable doing it because I know it isn’t a stunt—Hillary constantly designs clothing for people who are typically overlooked by fashion and features them on her runway.” 

Baby Ahluwalia’s close-up. 

Armando Grillo / Gorunway.com

Months later, here we are at Fashion Week. Moon is now in her final trimester and showing much more dramatically. 

“I went in to try on a few outfits, and Hillary and I talked about how we both didn’t want me to feel like a blob,” Moon says with a laugh. “Sometimes it can be hard to find clothing when you’re pregnant. But when I tried on the outfit I ended up walking in, I just felt changed. Typically, there isn’t regard for how the model feels in the clothing, but I felt sexy in this, and so that’s why it was chosen. 

Her outfit included a pair of black silk-and-lace boxing shorts and a creamy mint shirt with on-the-top buttons connected à la the Rihanna pregnancy announcement. (Moon stated Ri as a game changer for pregnancy dressing in general.) 

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