During a photoshoot for ELLE Australia, model Nicole Trunfio had to take a break to breastfeed her infant son, Zion. When Editor-in-Chief Justine Cullen and photographer Georges Antoni saw the beautiful moment between mother and son, they decided they wanted to capture it, and feature it on the special subscriber cover of the June, 2015, issue.
“This wasn’t a contrived situation: Zion needed a feed, Nicole gave it to him, and when we saw how beautiful they looked we simply moved her onto the set,” Cullen wrote on the magazine’s website, “It was a completely natural moment that resulted in a powerful picture.”
A separate newsstand cover was also shot, which shows Nicole sporting a beautiful black Prada dress, cradling her four-month-old son. Trunfio and her husband, American musician Gary Clarke, Jr., welcomed their son on January 11, and she says she took to motherhood “like a duck to water,” according to the accompanying article in ELLE.
Nicole says she was so moved by the beauty and power behind the cover photo of her breastfeeding Zion, that it brought tears to her eyes.
“When I saw the cover of me breastfeeding, which was unplanned and just natural, I teared up and thought, ‘Wow this is such a special moment where my worlds have collided.'”
Trunfio also took to Instagram following the photoshoot to share her feelings behind the powerful breastfeeding photo with her fans.
“There is nothing more powerful and beautiful than motherhood. 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’s stands for. I obviously don’t look like this while I am breastfeeding 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”
While Nicole Trunfio isn’t the only celebrity to publicly share pictures breastfeeding her child — Miranda Kerr is very open and public about breastfeeding her son Flynn in an attempt to reduce the stigma of the natural act — the fact that this photo will be on the cover of a prestigious magazine like ELLE will certainly help to normalize breastfeeding, and keep it in the public eye, rather than under blankets, and in dirty bathrooms where naysayers would have it stay.
[Photo Credits: Header – Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images, Body – Georges Antoni/ELLE Australia]