Coco Austin—wife to rapper Ice-T and star of reality show Ice Loves Coco—is loving being pregnant...and isn't afraid to show it off. So why did she delete her photo?
As all moms and moms-to-be know, pregnancy changes a woman's body over the course of nine months. While some women aren't keen to show off those new pregnancy curves, Ice Love Coco star Coco Austin isn't afraid to strike a pose. She's 26 weeks pregnant with her first child, at 36 years old, with rapper and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star, Ice-T, and has been vocal about her experience from the start.
Recently, she shared a profile-style shot on Facebook (pictured), which has since been deleted, of herself in a purple string bikini and heels, with the caption: "For some reason many of you have been asking [for] weeks now to see my baby bump in a swimsuit. And of course, I had to do it, Coco style ad rep in micro bikini. Well, I've been waiting sometimes to take this cuz as u can see if u look at me from the front it's very hard to see my lump but from the side its getting more visible."
Apparently people were concerned she wasn't actually pregnant, due to her fit physique, but Coco wasn't concerned. As she told E! News, "I don't have anything to prove to anyone. My stomach is growing slowly." Sadly—and unsurprisingly—Coco received backlash from posting the photo, with many naysayers asking her to cover up—right after asking her to prove her own pregnancy.
It's sad that so many stars—from Instagram fitness model Sarah Stage to pregnant weightlifter Amy Updike—and many women face critical comments when they're not only expecting, but in great shape in the process. While haters are gonna hate, we applaud the ladies who want to stay active while bringing a baby into the world. One day, their child will thank them for making their health a priority so they can stick around in their lives for as long as possible.
So you do you, Coco. And for the record—you look great.