Model mothers posing with their children is a popular theme for magazine covers and editorials — Natasha Poly, Doutzen Kroes, Natalia Vodianova and more have starred alongside their little ones in the pages of top fashion titles over the years. But another intimate moment between a mom and her baby is becoming just as popular to photograph: breastfeeding.
On separate occasions, Gisele Bündchen and Miranda Kerr blew up Instagram for posting glamorized shots of themselves nursing, and the aforementioned Kroes — along with women like Olivia Wilde and Jerry Hall — have famously appeared in the pages of big-name glossies while breastfeeding. However, it's still rare that one of these images makes it to the cover, as is the case for the subscriber edition of Elle Australia's June issue.
Australian model (and first-time mom) Nicole Trunfio is featured in a spread shot by Georges Antoni, introducing her four-month-old son Zion, whose father is Grammy-winning musician Gary Clark Jr., to the world. "This wasn’t a contrived situation: Zion needed a feed, Nicole gave it to him, and when we saw how beautiful they looked we simply moved her onto the set," says Elle Australia Editor in Chief Justine Cullen.
Back in 2012, a Time magazine cover that featured a mother breastfeeding her three-year-old son sparked national controversy, but follower comments on Elle's Instagram have been glowingly positive thus far. This is reportedly the first time an Australian magazine has featured a nursing woman on its cover, which hopefully signifies a shift in this subject matter's once-taboo status.
Look for the issue when it hits newsstands next week.