Lou Doillon’s Maternity Style Is About More Than Just Clothes

While she’s having fun with her clothing, these outfits are more than just a bold style statement to Doillon. The artist lives in France, but the threat to Roe vs. Wade in the United States has become a global conversation. At a time when women’s reproductive rights are being threatened, she sees visible, joyful pregnancies as a celebration of choice and agency. “It was very refreshing. I think it has to do with accepting the female body and [is] a form of activism,” she says. “Showing the pregnancy is also showing all the other options around [pregnancy]. I think that there’s an empowerment in showing this decision.”

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Doillon also stresses the need for transparency when it comes to miscarriages and abortions, as someone who has experienced both. On May 29th, France’s Mother’s Day, Doillon posted an image of herself with her sisters and mother with a French and English caption that spoke to her experiences of being a woman. “I had a child at 19, I had abortions because I couldn’t, wouldn’t, medical abortions because of malformations, miscarriages… Last year for Mother’s Day I was in bed, suffering yet another miscarriage. At 39, I am going to be a mother again. Being a woman is a hell of a ride, it’s your body, it’s your pain, it’s your joy, it’s yours,” she wrote. For Doillon, this sort of transparency is vital. “We need the stories of our mothers and grandmothers. It frees them to talk about it because they were so silent about it. It’s those stories that make us who we are also. It’s part of life! Life is tough!” says Doillon. “So goddamnit, we should be allowed to choose all we want to make of it.”

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