Naturi Naughton’s Pregnancy Photos Will Make You Melt

Naturi Naughton has been turning heads for weeks with her red carpet pregnancy style and the beauty of her maternity photo shoot will absolutely take your breath away.

Naturi was photographed by Joey Rosado who brilliantly captured the actress’s maternal glow, enhanced by body paint and a fitting crown braid adorned with butterflies.

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Other photos feature the 33-year-old and her partner Ben in what she considers their first family photo shoot, demonstrating their love for one another, their growing baby, and for Black culture in general. As Naturi explained to

“We both just really appreciate Black culture. Ben wore a shirt from Ghana and my theme was ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ for my baby shower. We just always try to incorporate African proverbs or Kente cloth or using different images to celebrate this beautiful Black girl that’s coming into the world. I think in society we get so caught up trying to assimilate and be like other people, but in reality what we feel is that we just want to celebrate who we are.”

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Naturi added that she doesn’t “feel crazy pressure anymore” to rush and marry Ben, explaining that the two are doing things in their own timing.

“Naturally, the way I grew up and the way I was raised…I didn’t anticipate being pregnant at this time. Of course I wanted to be a mom and have children, but the reality is God’s plan is not always in alignment with my plan,” she said. “I wanted to do it my way, but it doesn’t always work out that way. I still think I can still have that dream, and I want to be married — and I will — I think we’re just taking it step-by-step and not worrying about what other people’s judgments or thoughts are because at the end of the day, they’re not living for me, or for us.”

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Besides, the starlet already has two great things to look forward to this summer. The first being the return of Power on Starz June 25, and the second, her first child.

“I feel really happy; pregnancy has been good to me. I’m in love, I’m looking forward to just sharing this next level of life. My whole life has been about working and being in the girl group and being on stage and being an actress, but now I get to really enjoy a bigger purpose, which is motherhood, so I’m really excited.”