Stylist Zerina Akers Is The Fashion Genius Behind Beyonce’s Recent Maternity Shoot

Maternity photoshoots can be a hit or miss. Often they are beautiful snapshots that often show a mother-to-be in warm light and her hands on her growing belly. Other times maternity photoshoots can reflect a little humor like a shoot that shows a father pretending to inflate his wife’s belly with an air pump near a gas station in varying stages until her belly “pops” into a baby. Sometimes, however, they can be a little curious like a picture of expectant parents that is floating around social media that shows the father holding a baseball bat while the mother’s bare stomach is painted like a baseball. Fortunately the maternity photoshoots of singer and pop phenomenon Beyonce Knowles Carter fall on the tasteful end of the spectrum.

The star, who recently gave birth to a set of twins in the middle of June, has made the proverbial world stop twice this year with photo shoots meant to either announce her pregnancy or to celebrate the arrival of her two new children with rapper and businessman Jay Z. Given the scope and aesthetics of her maternity photoshoots you might argue that the star is revolutionizing the medium. The photo she chose to announce her pregnancy was part of a series posted to her website where she wore tasteful lingerie and posed like figures that have often been depicted in classic paintings.

In her most recent photo, which some have pointed out resembles the iconography of the Madonna with child, she leaned on a stylist named Zerina Akers to bring her concept of medieval and religious depictions of motherhood to life in a modern context. It was Zerina who selected the bright blue and lavender floral print robe designed by Spanish fashion house Paloma Spain that Beyonce wore in her portrait with twins Rumi and Sir Carter.

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