Congratulations are in order for Jessica Stam!
On Sunday afternoon, the 31-year-old Canadian supermodel officially announced the birth of her first child on Instagram.
Stam posted a photograph of herself, wearing a black and white striped long-sleeve t-shirt underneath denim overalls, holding her baby in her arms. She’s looking down at her daughter, who is clad in a festive ensemble: a red dress with a coordinating bow around her head, white tights, and black Mary Janes (fashion clearly runs in the family). “My Christmas angel,” the model wrote in the caption.
Stam likely gave birth several months ago. In September, she posted a photo of her very pregnant belly, writing, “Longest 9 months of my life #sheready ?”
The supermodel is not a frequent Instagram user. Since announcing her pregnancy on the social media platform in June (with the playful caption, “eating for two!”) she has only posted several images, including one from her baby shower.
Stam was a top model of the 2000s, best known for her angelic, wide-set eyes and doll-like face. Throughout her career, which began when she won a modeling competition in 2002, she appeared in the pages of magazines like W, was on the cover of American Vogue, and walked in countless runway shows. She has appeared in ad campaigns for Armani, Anna Sui, Nina Ricci and more, and has been a muse to the photographer Steven Meisel, the makeup artist Pat McGrath, and the designer Marc Jacobs (Jacobs famously named one of his bag’s most popular styles after her in 2005, calling it “The Stam”).
Stam still models, but is somewhat more selective these days. Perhaps Stam’s daughter will follow in her supermodel mom’s footsteps. After all, she wouldn’t be the first!
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Married to the actor Archie Drury, Karolina Kurkova has two sons, Tobin Jack and Noah Lee, whom she gave birth to a few years after being named one of the highest-earning models in the world.
Natasha Poly gave birth to her daughter Aleksandra Christina two years after she married the Dutch businessman Peter Bakker, in a ceremony that lasted three days in Saint-Tropez.
Married to the Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill, Lily Aldridge gave birth to her daughter, Dixie Pearl, in 2012, and has of course gone straight back to modeling in the years since.
Arizona Muse and her son Nikko, who pretty immediately started joining her in photo shoots after she had him right at the start of her twenties.
After going off the map for a bit since gaining a cult following in the 2000s, Gemma Ward returned to the runway in 2014—by opening for Prada, no less—less than a year after she gave birth to her daughter. (She and her partner David Letts now also have a son, as of early 2017.)
Doutzen Kroes, who’s married to the Dutch DJ Sunnery James Gorré, has two children: a son named Phyllon Joy, and a daughter named Myllena Mae, both of whom were born in Amsterdam.
Before they split after a decade-long engagement earlier this year, Alessandra Ambrosio and her fiancé had two children: Anja Louise and Noah Phoenix. (She walked the runway of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show just three months after giving birth to the former, and wore the heaviest wings ever made for the show while pregnant with the latter.)
Sasha Pivovarova gave birth to her daughter Mia Isis with her husband Igor Vishnyakov, a photographer who took the photos of Pivovarova that began her modeling career, in May 2012—and of course went on to star in no less than five campaigns (including two for Prada) the next year.
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