The Latest WTF Pregnancy Trend: Belly Casts

You may have thought you were impressed with Mariah Carey's painted belly — but why waste your time with a photo when you can have a three-dimensional work of art? Introducing the Belly Cast.

Kelly Ripa, Brooke Shields, and Kendra Wilkinson have apparently particpated in "belly casting," so you know it's a really-real, actual trend. And there's, a website fully dedicated to the decoration of pregnant bellies and "belly casting.".


How does "bellycasting" work? Well, if you ever made a plaster of Paris art project when you were a kid, you already know the routine: It's as simple as slathering up your belly with vaseline, dipping the plaster into water, wiping off the excess liquid, and slapping it on your tummy. Voilà! A creepy masterpiece that your future child will groan at the sight of for the rest of their lives.

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We picked a few of our favorite "bellycasts" from Proud for inspiration. Click to enlarge and be forever moved.

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Yeah, this doesn't seem all that new to me. It also doesn't seem all that creepy, either. I mean, it's not something I want to do, but I don't see how this is any weirder than displaying footprints or handprints. I don't like most of the designs pictured and I don't think I'll be making a bellycast but... I fail to see how this is creepy or even laughable.

Dare I say that people might be weirded out by this because it's taking something inherently female that used to be cloistered, even embarrassing, and celebrating it?