Where Are All The Pregnant Models On The Runway?

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Model Mariah Lawson talks her journey after unknowingly walking NYFW pregnant

During NYFW SS19, pregnant models were a definite "trend." Lily Aldridge graced the Brandon Maxwell runway, belly on full display in a fitted red gown. One of two pregnant models to walk in Savage X Fenty, Slick Woods went into labor backstage at Rihanna's show. And Mariah Lawson—an up-and-coming model walking Namilia, VFILES, Discount Universe, Slashed By Tia, and more—didn't even realize she was pregnant during the fashion mayhem. She just thought it was an "extra little juiciness" she was rocking, not a small human-to-be.

Recently, Lawson told me about not knowing she was pregnant while being fitted for the sheer ruffle-filled runway of Slashed by Tia: "It's funny because when she cast me, I went to the fitting [and] in my head I'm like, I'm going to do more abs." Lawson didn't find out she was pregnant until "about a month and a half after Fashion Week," when she had already returned home to Los Angeles. "I was shocked, scared, excited, and curious to know how this would affect not only my career but my personal life. It was a lot to take in."

Having so many visibly pregnant women hit the runway last season felt like a huge moment for inclusivity. "[Savage X Fenty] definitely opened up some doors for not only expecting models walking her show but models of different body types and ethnicities," Lawson said.

"The fashion world is a lot of trial and error, so there are things that we aren't used to that can be considered 'trends,'" Lawson said, and explained that some of these perceived trends may be "just new doors opening" to further inclusivity in the future, "from designer to model and everyone in between." But she doesn't expect to see a huge influx of pregnant models next season—after all, the visibility of pregnant models hardly carried over to this season, if at all. "I think seeing pregnant models on the runway may be a slow progression... From my experience, when it happens, you sort of want to take a seat and focus on the health of you and your baby. The extra stress and anxiety that may come from castings and shows can be a lot."

Lawson herself has signed with Expecting Models, a modeling agency specifically for pregnant women, and she told me, "Knowing what my limits were, working with an agency specifically for expecting mothers, definitely helped me stay active in booking jobs while pregnant." She added later that signing with Expecting Models, in addition to her other agencies Click Model Management and Elite L.A., "kept me feeling confident that, just because I was pregnant, this wasn't going to stop my career. There is a model needed for different things all across the board."

Lawson also said, "I think when people think of modeling they only think photo shoots and runway," which could lead them to assume that pregnancy means a career is over, or at least stalled. But to insiders like Lawson, pregnancy just added another opportunity for her to expand her career, and connect in a new way with her followers. She doesn't have to always be immersed in the chaos of the runway; she can take a moment to embrace motherhood as it becomes a reality and to share her transformation.

"To me, being a model is being a role model for those tuned into your journey. So it's important for me, and where I'm at in my career and where I have come from, to be as transparent to those who support and follow me," she told me. "My body changing hasn't changed that perspective. If anything, it's given me the mindset to go even harder to show myself and others that, when odds are against you, there is always a way to keep climbing up."

But Lawson doesn't plan to keep away from the runway much longer at all: "Like Cardi B said, 'I got a baby, I need some money.' So I'm going to keep grinding, keep pushing because my snapback goal is to be in New York for shows in September."

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Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.