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    Rihanna welcomes first child after high-fashion, self-affirming pregnancy

    Weeks after announcing her pregnancy, the pop icon dazzled the fashion week circuit in look after look, notably arriving in Paris in a completely see-through Dior lace cocktail dress, under which she donned lingerie from her own Savage X Fenty line.

    Paired with spiky heeled knee-high boots, a leather trench coat, and silver necklaces, the star walked with such grace and confidence she appeared to float.

    “You’re late!” shouted someone off-camera in a viral clip.

    Rihanna slowly turned her head, held her bump and narrowed her piercing eyes: “No shit.”

    ‘REWRITING’ PREGNANCY RULES

    It’s a quip that’s come to encapsulate the artist’s embrace of her changing body – Rihanna didn’t just bare her belly, she boasted of it, adorning herself in jewels, sequined bras, and low-slung miniskirts.

    “She’s changed something profound in fashion – single-handedly rewriting the rules of pregnancy dressing with one jaw-dropping style maneuver after another,” wrote Vogue, which featured Rihanna on its May cover.

    “I’m hoping that we were able to redefine what’s considered ‘decent’ for pregnant women,” the performer told the magazine.

    “My body is doing incredible things right now, and I’m not going to be ashamed of that. This time should feel celebratory.”

    She’s far from the first celebrity to show off her pregnant belly: Demi Moore posed nude while expecting on Vanity Fair’s cover in 1991, a stunning move for the time.

    Since then, Britney Spears, Cindy Crawford and Serena Williams have all sat for similar glossy pregnancy portraits. Beyonce meanwhile announced her twins with a highly polished, belly-baring Instagram post chock full of art-world references including Botticelli’s Venus.

    But Rihanna’s scantily clad looks have been far less calculated and far more frequent, a statement on maternity that goes beyond the magazine cover to be an everyday celebration of self.

    “Right now I’m really into pushing the idea of sexy,” she told the lifestyle website Refinery29 in February. “When women get pregnant, society tends to make it feel like you hide, hide your sexy.”

    “I don’t believe in that shit,” she continued. “So I’m trying stuff that I might not have even had the confidence to try before I was pregnant.”

    “The strappiest, the thinnest, and the more cut-outs – the better for me.”

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