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Men’s Fashion Week: Male models appear on runway with pregnancy bumps

Jasmine Andersson June 12, 2018

Male models with pregnancy bellies have taken to the runway during men’s fashion week to illustrate a future where “there are no gendered boundaries between men and women.”

Designer Xander Zhou showcased the concept as part of his Spring 2019 show during Men’s Fashion Week in London, which saw a series of models walk down the catwalk with prosthetic pregnancy bellies on display.

One model walked with his arms protectively cradling his stomach, reported Fashionista.

It’s my vision of the future,” Zhou told WWD, citing that there are no gendered boundaries between men and women in his vision.

“I wasn’t designing based on fashion elements, that’s not the right world for me. Instead I tried to create the collection as a movie, a story of my own and build each model as a character.”

The models are seen with the bumps during the show (Twitter/@NylonMag)
The models are seen with the bumps during the show (Twitter/@NylonMag)

The designer posted a picture of one of the models from the show to Instagram, stating that “we’re prepared to welcome a future of male pregnancy.”

“At Supernatural, Extraterrestrial & Co., we’re prepared to welcome a future of male pregnancy. Model: Daniel Olze @daniolze,” read the Instagram post from the designer.

 

One man is cradling his belly (Twitter/@nasmag)
One man is cradling his belly (Twitter/@nasmag)

The showcase is based on the vision of Zhou’s non-gendered future.

“If you want to go futuristic, it’s quite easy to go extreme, with lots of metallic and all those clichés. It’s more challenging to create something wearable with small futuristic details,” Zhou continued. “I put a lot of alien characters in really regular outfits and I think the contrast makes them even more alien.”

Although the show intended to symbolize the blurred lines between human and extraterrestrial being, there is one detail left to be pointed out.

As one user noted, even in the present moment, it’s not just women who get pregnant.

 

One model is seen wearing a top saying New World Baby (Twitter/@HungerMagazine)
One model is seen wearing a top saying New World Baby (Twitter/@HungerMagazine)

Non-binary people and trans men can also carry a child.

“Trans men did it first,” tweeted one user out of the queer Twitterati.

 

Trans men did it first (Twitter/@pinkomegas)
Trans men did it first (Twitter/@pinkomegas)

More: fashion, genderqueer fashion, men's fashion, pregnancy

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