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As a supermodel and Victoria's Secret veteran, Candice Swanepoel is not one to shy away from a stunning photo op, pregnant or not. The South African–born model, who is currently six months pregnant with her second child, shared a jaw-dropping nude maternity shot on her Instagram account, captioning the photo, "Body blossoming...the path between spiritual and the physical...aren't women amazing?!" See the Instagram below.
This isn't the first time Swanepoel has made a point of celebrating women's bodies and all that they are capable of. While pregnant with her first child, a boy named Anacã, now 1.5 years old, she fully embraced the bump on her Instagram account, in addition to posting an intimate breastfeeding shot shortly after giving birth. She then launched into a personal take on the taboo surrounding breastfeeding and the contrast between how her breasts are viewed by society as a mother and a model.
"Many women today are shamed for breastfeeding in public, or even kicked out of public places for feeding their children," she wrote back in December of 2016. "I have been made to feel the need to cover up ...[when feeding] my baby in public places, but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I've done in the name of art..? Those who feel it is wrong to feed your child in public need to get educated on the benefits [of] breastfeeding on mother and child, and on society as a whole." ■