This past Sunday, a truly beautiful and life-affirming event happened at a most unlikely place: during Fashion Week in Milan, Italy. The fashion design house Dolce & Gabbana created a runway show
called “Viva La Mamma.”
“The mother is the heart of the family,” Dolce & Gabbana proclaim
in describing the show. “The designers had a very intimate and personal approach when creating this collection, because the image of the mother that inspired them comes from their own memories as children.”
Photo: Pietro D’Aprano / QZ
Beautiful women portraying mothers came walking down the runway, holding babies and toddlers for all the world to see. Expectant mother and supermodel Bianca Balti even strolled down the aisle carrying the child in her womb — smiling with a glow from the life within her, so bright even the media noticed.
The models were not rigid, cold or distant as many fashion shows appear. Every smile seemed genuinely warm. Even photos of the audience reflect the beauty of the promise of new life and what it means to be a mother
The first woman on earth was named for motherhood. She was called Eve, Genesis 3:20 says, “because she would become the mother of all the living.”
I have always believed that deep inside the heart of every woman is an echo of this name, an echo of our purpose and our creative destiny. Viva La Mamma is written on our hearts and in scripture. It is God’s dream for us to be mothers with warm smiles — on and off the runway, with every eye on us and when every eye is turned away.
I believe it is God’s dream for us to give life, not take it through abortion. Motherhood is beautiful.
Motherhood is so often rigidly described by the world and by pro-abortion advocates. Then suddenly, I am filled with hope from the least likely source: a high-society fashion show on a world famous runway in Milan… viva la mamma! Even this secular stage shines with admiration for motherhood.
As a woman, I carry a deep, unquenchable longing to be a mother myself. All around me, it seems women are pregnant all the time. Married now for over four years, I have prayed so hard and so long to get to become a mother.
Yet I want to celebrate every time that life comes, even if a baby is not yet in my womb. The beauty of motherhood is not an archaic, novel idea only experienced by Christian women with lots of babies. Every human on earth has one common maternal denominator: God formed us in the wombs of our mothers.
Throughout the scriptures, God Himself celebrates motherhood. The first word that He uses to describe Himself to Moses can literally mean the love of a mother. And Jesus, who came to earth born of a woman to save us all, says that He longs to gather the lost children of Israel “like a mother hen.”
Please join me in praying today that these pictures worth thousands of words will leave lasting impressions on Christians and on the world. May the eyes of all who behold a mother, see her as beautiful.
And may the church worldwide lift up mothers, and seek to be a voice for precious babies in the womb.
Image: The Radiance Foundation