We all know by now that Rihanna — five-time Grammy winner, actress, fashion designer, beauty scion — works (overtime) for every woman. Her fashion line, Fenty Puma, is among the most inclusive in the ready-to-wear space; her makeup line, Fenty Beauty, is the most inclusive, and in just 12 short months, has already helped to make the 40-shade foundation range the cosmetics industry's new normal.
When it came time to plan for Savage x Fenty's Fall 2018 runway show (which served as New York Fashion Week's grand finale on Wednesday evening), Rihanna brought that same mentality to the event's casting, too. In addition to the beautifully expansive scope of body types and skin tones, the Savage x Fenty model lineup also included two visibly pregnant women — one of whom was, obviously, Rihanna-friend-and-erstwhile-muse Slick Woods, who announced that she as expecting back in July.
Woods has starred in a number of Fenty-adjacent campaigns, and on Wednesday, she walked Rihanna's latest runway in a harnessed lingerie look complete with thigh-high lace tights, stilettos and circular nipple pasties (!!!). She was joined by a second pregnant model, a dancer, who wore a mesh teddy with a halter back and plunging V-neck neckline. (And because everything in Savage x Fenty's Fall 2018 collection is now shoppable, you can already scoop the latter up for $68. Go on! Get it!)
Last fall, we documented a rise of cool-kid brands (like Eckhaus Latta, Opening Ceremony and Glossier) embracing a sort of "pregnancy chic." Other designers, like the Los Angeles-based Jenni Kayne, meanwhile, are documenting the other side of pregnancy — breastfeeding — with a recent viral campaign showing lingerie designer Tylynn Nguyen breastfeeding her newborn. It goes without saying that runways, in general, could all use a little more reality, and that certainly includes that of maternity representation. Rihanna, as usual, is here to lead the way.