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Amanda Brunker: 'I loved posing nude while pregnant, Kim Kardashian is right to do it'

Amanda Brunker

Published 13/08/2015 | 08:06

Amanda Brunker posed nude while pregnant. Picture: VIP Magazine
Amanda Brunker posed nude while pregnant. Picture: VIP Magazine
Amanda Brunker posed nude while pregnant. Picture: VIP Magazine
Kim Kardashian posted this nude photo
Amanda Brunker, who has a house in Donegal, with her children Edward and Setanta

Wouldn’t it be great to love yourself as much as Kim Kardashian?

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If I had her fabulous skin and toned curves I’d be posting selfies of myself every minute of every day!

10 years ago, I came the closest I ever will to living a similar life to Kim K. Standing in the studio of top Irish fashion photographer Kip Carroll, with nothing more than a nude thong and some well-placed hands, I stood tall and proud displaying my first baby belly like I was the only woman ever to be pregnant.

Airbrushing didn't have the same capabilities as it does now, but I didn't care. It meant nothing to me if you could see some veins across my large thighs, or if the whites of my eyes weren’t as clear as they should have been thanks to irregular sleep. No, I was a woman in my prime. If I was a lioness I would have roared!

Kim Kardashian posted this nude photo
Kim Kardashian posted this nude photo

At that time, I was a former party girl, transitioning into an acceptable member of society. A mother-to-be with actual responsibilities ahead of me and the entire concept all seemed so fabulous at the time.

Bless my innocence.

Yes, in all my fertile glory, I was showing the nation how I’d finally conned a man into sleeping with me. And he’s even packing some strong swimmers!

Why did I do the photoshoot? To be honest, I have no idea. I can't remember if VIP asked me to do a Demi Moore on it or if I volunteered. Knowing myself, I probably suggested it.

Amanda Brunker posed nude while pregnant. Picture: VIP Magazine
Amanda Brunker posed nude while pregnant. Picture: VIP Magazine

Although I didn’t yet have a ring on my finger, that didn’t bother me (I had never dreamed of being owned by a man), but I was always maternal. Being a mother was always something I looked forward to.

So when my body began to bloom and my lady lumps expanded in every direction possible, I rolled with it. I was happy for the world to know my business.

Okay, so I didn’t break the internet by posing nude. But my pregnant self did grace the covers of VIP Magazine and The Dubliner. And I was invited onto The Late Late Show to discuss my naked ambition further.

What did that achieve? Again, I’m not really sure. Ultimately what I've been left with is a few nice photographs that now rest dormant in my computer, which I occasionally come across when looking for something else.

Amanda Brunker
Amanda Brunker

Of all my life’s regrets posing nude while pregnant certainly wasn’t one of them.

Unlike Ms Kim Kardashian West, I wasn’t standing in my bathroom, defending the fact that I wasn’t using a surrogate. I was just another girl who was thrilled to be with child.

Pampered and professionally preened by a team of hair and make-up people, all telling me I looked amazing.

And an experience I wouldn't take back for the world.

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