Photo Credit: Courtesy Shakira/Twitter
Many pregnant celebs choose to debut their naked baby bumps with a splashy magazine cover -- but not Shakira!
The Colombian singer and soon-to-be judge on The Voice posed in just a teeny bikini top for a sexy maternity photoshoot with boyfriend Gerard Pique. But instead of selling the eye-catching photos, she posted the pic on her Twitter feed for all to see. So what's the catch? Well, Shakira is asking her friends and fans to make donations to UNICEF instead of sending her baby gifts. And by sharing the personal portrait at the same time, she's sure to garner much more attention for her chosen charity. (Case in point: We couldn't wait to publish the revealing pic!)
Considering Shakira's decade-long relationship with UNICEF, it makes sense that she would go this route. The mom-to-be, 35, has been a global ambassador for the charity since 2003, and she's asking for people to spend $5 to $110 on UNICEF's "Inspired Gifts" -- including polio vaccines, therapeutic food and rehydration salts. In thanks, she and Pique will send those who contribute a personalized response.
"To celebrate the arrival of our first child, we hope that, in his name, other less privileged children in the world can have their basic needs covered through gifts and donations," the couple writes. "Thank you for sharing this unforgettable moment with us."
This is a nice change from what we often see happen when celebrities get pregnant. Pregnant stars who pose naked for magazine covers can make big bucks. And there's even more money in store for famous parents who sell their babies' first photos. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony reportedly got $6 million for the first shots of their twins -- and a new rumor says Kim Kardashian and Kanye West turned down an initial $3 million offer for the first look at their Kimye baby because they feel they can make more.
Of course, many celeb parents sell their photos and then donate the money to charity, which is what the ever-philanthropic Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie did. It's nice to see Shakira and Pique following that example -- because it's never too young to start teaching your children how to to give back!