Most women who are six months pregnant probably wouldn’t be caught dead in a bikini, let alone as the center of attention in an international fashion show.
But that’s exactly what 24-year-old Italian model, Raffaella Fico, did Saturday at Milan Fashion Week.
The six-months-pregnant Fico showed lots of skin modeling rather skimpy two-piece swimsuits for Pin-Up Stars, a line created by Italian designer Jerry Tommolini.
Fico proudly strutted down the runway in two different belly-baring looks, one strapless yellow bandeau top with matching bottom, and one white bikini with a monkey face on each breast cup. But despite her surprisingly calm, cool and collected catwalk appearance, her pregnancy has been marred by a publicly rocky relationship with the alleged father.
In July, Fico’s former boyfriend, Italian soccer star Mario Balotelli, demanded in a statement that he would only “accept full responsibility” for the child if a DNA test proved he was the father.
The Manchester City striker said, “I will accept full responsibility after a paternity test. I don’t really want to speak publicly about my private life but I find that I have to explain once and for all, the nature of my relationship with Raffaella Fico. We split up in April and since then we have not seen or spoken to each other,” The Sun reported.
Fico agreed to the paternity test and was “deeply hurt” by Balotelli’s accusations, according to The Mirror.
“This child I desire with all my heart and I want it because it is not a child that arrived by chance but instead it is the fruit of love between two people and you know well what I am talking about,” Fico said in a letter published in Italy’s Chi Magazine.
Fico isn’t the only model to show off her baby bump in the spotlight. Former Miss Wales-turned-model Sophia Cahill appeared in February at a London Fashion Week show wearing nothing but her birthday suit and a series of stylish hats. And Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio was also spotted earlier this year on a Sao Paulo, Brazil, runway while she was five months pregnant.