Breastfeeding isn't what you'd expect to see in the glossy pages of Vogue, but the Dutch edition of the style bible has decided to broaden its scope of fashion fantasy.
Printed in the October 2013 issue of Vogue Netherlands, an Erwin Olaf-lensed shoot features model Ymre Stiekema posing topless in a Vermeer-esque scene while nursing a baby. The accompanying photos in the feature, entitled "The Master & the Girl," depict Stiekema in similar garb with modern updates, like oversized headphones and a knit cap.
Ready to ring the controversy alarms? Hold tight for now. Sure, Time's infamous breastfeeding cover sparked debate last year about extending the practice and added fuel to the "mommy wars" fire. But Angelina Jolie's personal breastfeeding snaps, which covered W magazine back in 2008, were met with a much more peaceful reception. Plus, Vogue Netherlands has dipped its toes into controversy before -- its blackface shoot upset the Twittersphere back in April. This latest attention-grabber doesn't seem quite as contentious.
So tell us: Is this breastfeeding photo likely to spark scandal? Or is it just another beautiful photo in a fashion magazine? See the photo in question along with a couple more from the same shoot below.
<a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/kerr_busty_secret_83lErsT3j9NBHyJpz8PClK#ixzz1d27OIiU7" target="_hplink">Miranda</a>: "I'm still breast-feeding. I'm pumping, and it's going well." (Getty photo)
<a href="http://celebritybabies.people.com/2006/07/30/model_moms_in_v/" target="_hplink">Angela</a> was photographed breastfeeding her son in the August 2006 issue of <em>Vogue</em>. (Getty photo)
<a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-body/news/heidi-klum-sending-underwear-to-seal-for-valentines-day-201092" target="_hplink">Heidi</a>: "I never looked at breastfeeding in terms of, 'This is something that helps me.' Breastfeeding helps my child. The after effect: yes, you lose your weight in a normal manner." (WireImage photo)
<a href="http://www.blacktating.com/2011/03/model-jourdan-dunn-breastfeeding-mom.html" target="_hplink">Jourdan</a>: "I was loving my new body so much I was trying my hardest to keep the baby weight on! I breastfed for nine months though and people say breastfeeding helps you lose weight." (Getty photo)
<a href="http://celebritybabies.people.com/2007/07/27/introducing-geo/" target="_hplink">Eva</a>: "I now have 10 pounds more than before -- and most of them seem to be in my breasts! I'd love to keep the extra weight in this place! Right now, I try to eat a lot of fatty foods, because I believe this is good for my milk." (Getty photo)
Gisele: "My intention in making a comment about the importance of breastfeeding has nothing to do with the law. It comes from my passion and beliefs about children." (Getty photo)
Adriana: "I did breastfeed, but for me it did not make me lose weight. Every woman is different....so just stick with your beliefs and as long as you try your best, that's what matters." (Getty photo)
<a href="http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/columns/kate-finnigan/TMG9173997/Arizona-Muse-the-model-mum-sweeping-the-catwalks.html" target="_hplink">Arizona:</a> "You just have to give your body time. You can't have a three-month-old baby and think, 'That's it for me.' I tell mothers that you have to wait a whole year before you start judging your body, before you start working on it. Just give yourself a whole year of rest. And breastfeed. I'm a big advocate of breastfeeding." (AFP photo)