When Toni Muñoz-Hunt walks into a room — 6-feet-something in sky-high Jimmy Choos, chestnut mane flowing — all heads turn. This isn’t a recent phenomenon. Muñoz-Hunt has been a professional model for more than two decades, walking countless catwalks, gracing many a magazine cover (including ours) and serving as the face for many well-known brands.
But Muñoz-Hunt has been attracting attention lately for more than just her looks. Last year, she launched a lifestyle blog called Model Behaviors to give women an online space to learn, enjoy and share information on a diverse range of topics that touch their lives.
Its growing base of followers enjoy and interact with postings from Muñoz-Hunt and a panel of expert contributors that cover topics ranging from celebrity makeup tips to legal advice. Now that she’s an expectant mother (she and husband, Dan, will welcome a daughter in late May), Muñoz-Hunt has been adding her maternity experiences to the Model Behaviors community.
During this photo shoot, we got a chance to chat with Muñoz-Hunt about her pregnancy style and strategies, and she happily shared with us three important things she’s learned along the way to her due date.
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1. Embrace and adapt. “You may be ready to be pregnant, but you’re never completely ready for all of the changes happening to your body. You just have to embrace and adapt. For example, I love running — it’s when I can clear my mind, focus and get inspired. I’ve been running throughout my pregnancy, but at around three months, it started to get uncomfortable. I knew I wouldn’t be able to run the same way, but I went online and researched how to adapt. That’s how I found a maternity support band called the Gabriella that helped to give me the strength to keep running every day.”
2. Maintain your personal style. “I haven’t had to buy many maternity clothes because I wore a lot of loose and flowy clothes before I got pregnant, but I am still wearing all my big rings and necklaces, and I still wear a hat. I’ll wear a scarf printed with skulls, and someone will say, ‘But you’re pregnant!’ I may be pregnant, but I will never give up my McQueen!”
3. Seek out the birth experience you want. “You don’t have to follow a traditional birthing plan — it’s not the best way, it’s just one way. Figure out what it is you gravitate toward. If you’re a yogi, are there certain positions you feel most comfortable in? I am a water girl, so I wanted to have the option to labor in a birthing tub. So I did research and asked questions: What hospitals allow them? Can I rent one or do I have to buy one? Can my doula bring one? Know all of the options to find what’s best for you and your baby.”
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