Lily Aldridge Didn’t Walk The Runway Alone At NYFW, And Fans Are Praising Her For It

"This is a moment that I’ll look back on forever with great emotion."

Body diversity hasn't always been New York Fashion Week's strong suit. But when Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge walked the Brandon Maxwell show with her baby bump on full display this week, her confident stride transcended body types, celebrating both the beauty of being different and the miracle of motherhood.

"So proud to walk the @brandonmaxwell runway pregnant!" Aldridge posted on Instagram. "I've walked [a] few runways in my life and this is a moment that I'll look back on forever with great emotion."

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"It was so much fun being backstage will all the girls, everyone was so uplifting and rubbing my belly celebrating this beautiful journey with me," she added. "Nothing but Empowerment at Brandon Maxwell."

By stepping into the spotlight, Aldridge — who's currently five-months pregnant with her second child — joins other famous moms, such as Chrissy Teigen and Serena Williams, who use their platform to normalize the ups and downs of motherhood. Aldridge's followers were quick to applaud her walk, as it's not often that you see a pregnant woman prominently featured during NYFW.

"Love this celebration of woman, our bodies, and our careers!" facecreamicecream wrote.

"Congratulations on the wonderful baby news and being such a role model for all working moms @lilyaldridge," eva111skin said.

"So gorgeous and well done @brandonmaxwell for celebrating women and their amazing achievements," mama_muse added.

"I wish @victoriassecret would do something like this," julesramos5 commented. "You angels are even more beautiful (if that could be possible) and most radiant when carrying life!"

"When I saw this i was so happy!" sandra_escajadillo cheered. "Great way to change the runway shows."

Hopefully, more designers will open their runways to women at all stages of life in the future. After all, fashion acts as an extension of one's personality, and an overwhelming lack of inclusivity will only continue to suppress those voices that remain underrepresented throughout society.

Cover image: JStone / Shutterstock.com

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