Baby bumps are a regular sight on the red carpet. Some women wear elegant empire waist gowns to highlight their bellies. Others prefer not to bother with many clothes at all, like Laura Perlongo, fiancée to actor Nev Schulman.
For this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, Perlongo draped a delicate cross-body chain over her bust, left her silk bomber jacket unzipped, put on a big smile and called it a day. When it comes to red carpet pregnancy fashion, topless is the new black.
Perlongo is in her third trimester, pregnant with a girl, and is clearly excited to show off her growing belly.
If there’s an event where baring it all is appropriate or even expected, it’s the VMAs. Musicians and actors have made the art of nudity a competitive sport over the years. In 1998, actor Rose McGowan wore a few black chains draped across her bare bottom. Model Amber Rose brought back the draped-chain look in 2014, but no one has ever put their baby bump on display like Perlongo did.
Since the event, the Twitterverse has had a lot to say about Perlongo’s look.
Some people thought she was just seeking attention with the bare baby bump look.
Others came to her defence, citing Hollywood’s penchant for showing skin.
Some people only had nice things to say.
And some had no words.
Perlongo explains her decision to wear the outfit, saying, “I’ve found pregnancy to be such an incredible shared experience… in the case of the VMAs, always a very skin-forward event, I thought I’d just be myself and wear something I felt good in…I like my pregnant body and felt hot. I hoped other pregnant women would relate to the feeling.”
What do you think about her look? Is it too much, or is this just another case of people judging mums? Or of telling women what they can and can’t wear?