She's a mom on a mission! Elle Australia's June 2015 issue features supermodel Nicole Trunfio breastfeeding her four-month-old son Zion on its cover in an attempt to counter the stigma against breastfeeding.
The powerful cover shot by Georges Antoni captures the natural moment between mom and child. Trunfio wears a pale blue skirt and a suede Prada jacket pushed to the side as her baby boy latches onto her breast. The stunning Australian native looks entirely at ease as she feeds little Zion.
Elle Australia's editor-in-chief Justine Cullen said on Thursday, May 21 that the magazine's creative direction for the cover shifted after the photog saw an opportune moment.
"This wasn't a contrived situation," Cullen wrote. "Zion needed a feed, Nicole gave it to him, and when we saw how beautiful they looked we simply moved her onto the set. It was a completely natural moment that resulted in a powerful picture."
Trunfio, 29, welcomed her first child with fiancé Gary Clark Jr., this past January. She also addressed the striking cover in a thoughtful Instagram post.
"There is nothing more powerful and beautiful than motherhood," Trunfio wrote on Thursday. "The last thing I want to do is be controversial, so please take this for what it is, let us #normalizebreastfeeding there is nothing worse than a mother that is judged for feeding her hungry child in public. #weareonlyhuman I'm so proud of this cover and for what it stands for."
She was also realistic about beauty standards. "I obviously don't look like this while I am breastfeeding," Trunfio mused, "but this stands for all women out there, whether you breastfeed or not, we gave birth, we are women, we are mothers. Thank you to ELLE for being so bold and making such an encouraging, positive and healthy statement. #womenunite."
The breastfeeding cover will go to Elle Australia subscribers while newsstands will carry a separate shot of Trunfio clad in a black dress and holding her naked (and sleeping!) tot.
"When I saw the cover of me breastfeeding, which was unplanned and just natural, I teared up," Trunfio told the mag. "And thought, ‘Wow this is such a special moment where my worlds have collided.'"
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