Pregnant Pageant Contestants Flaunt Their Bodacious Bumps
I grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida, where parading around in a bikini was a year-round sport. Like everyone else, I did it -- but I never felt fabulous (and my sarong was never far behind). In fact, the only time I was able to strut around in two tiny scraps of Lycra confidently was, perhaps ironically, when I was pregnant. Talk about freedom! There was no need to suck in my gut, and I had temporarily massive porn-star hooters that made it near impossible to look anywhere else. Sure, my rear view wasn't so hot, but for once I didn't care.
Too bad I didn’t know about this pageant back then. In Texas, gestating mamas-to-be are encouraged to don their teeniest bikinis and vie for the coveted Rod Ryan Pre-Labor Day Pregnant Bikini Contest crown. (There's a diaper changing and throwing contest before the bikini round -- no joke!) I say it's about time we celebrated our baby-making bods and all of their fertile, fabulous glory. Check out our favorite moments from the pageant action.
Standing Room Only This is actually the line for the bathroom. (Just kidding.)