Eva Herzigova posed with her baby bump in Lanvin, Dior, and Chanel for an eight-page fashion shoot in Harper's Bazaar UK's April issue, which celebrates contemporary motherhood. Eva, who is represented by Storm Models, revealed she was four months pregnant last October, and enjoyed the haute couture shows in Paris in January. She found time to chat with the magazine about motherhood, pregnancy, childbirth, and breast-feeding in public. Here are the highlights:
- On her theory on motherhood: "It’s like you grow an antenna on top of your head and you are constantly connected. It puts your priorities in perspective, and your everyday choices. When I’m pregnant, I feel like I could run the country, become president. I feel very clearheaded, quite powerful in my mind. The protective instinct is very strong; you are not thinking about yourself, but for someone else all the time, putting them first. Pregnant women should be running the country. They should be in very important powerful places around the world."
- On what pregnancy does to her body: "Being pregnant is less about being sexy than being sensual. You feel very feminine. There are all these special hormonal enhancements. It’s like you’ve had all these operations done. You really blossom, especially in the first three months: my skin and my hair were in great condition; my breasts were like “wow”; it was like I’d had a facelift and breast-enhancement surgery. It’s amazing refinding the body that you used to have in your twenties, and you’re like, 'Oooh, I remember what it was like.'"
- On being pro-natural childbirth: "I wanted to give birth naturally at nine months. I’ve heard that some women these days book delivery by Caesarean early before their due date. I think a lot of them do it because of the fear of pain of a natural birth. But I think it’s important not to judge anyone, because motherhood is a very personal thing… There is a lot of pressure put on mothers in all areas. Everyone has their say on how and when you do things, just when you are feeling vulnerable, and it’s very hard to speak out."
- On why she thinks the hullabaloo over breast-feeding in public is ‘silly’: "Obviously you shouldn’t be pulling your breast out and showing it off in public, there are subtle ways of doing it."
- On why she’s glad she waited to have children in her thirties: "I would have been way too old to have a child if I was still living in the Czech Republic. But I am much more patient now, and I’ve had so many experiences. When you’re younger you have more energy, but less wisdom to pass on."
The full feature appears in the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar, on sale Thursday March 3.
Photographer credit Michelangelo di Battista / Pictures courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar