Creative women the world over have been documenting their pregnancies in, well, creative ways for a long time now. From stop-motion time-lapses to funny photo series we’ve seen some interesting things, but we’ve never seen this. This being a professional ballerina who continued dancing right up until she was about to pop.
The ballerina in question is Mary Helen Bowers of Ballet Beautiful, and the photos she took of herself striking stunning (and difficult) ballet poses while carrying her little baby girl have taken the Internet by storm:
Of course, the fun had to stop sometime. On December 26th, her little bundle of joy arrived:
“Pregnancy is magical, I’ve never felt more connected to my body,” said Bowers about her experience. “Looking back I’m so happy that I’ve taken so many photos and really documented the different stages.”
In case you’re concerned about either baby or ballerina, it’s worth noting just how experienced Bowers is. She was studying at the School of American Ballet in Manhattan as a full scholarship student at age 15, joined the New York City Ballet at 16 (where she stayed for 10 years), and was actually the ballerina who trained Natalie Portman for her role in Black Swan.
To see more beautiful ballet photos, including more of Bowers pregnancy portraits, be sure to visit the Ballet Beautiful Instagram account. And if you want to find out more about the ballerina — or even learn a few moves from her yourself — you can do so at her website Ballet Beautiful.
(via Exposure Guide)
Image credits: Photographs courtesy of Ballet Beautiful and used with permission.