Shawn Johnson East is an Olympic gold medalist, “Dancing with the Stars” champion and New York Times bestselling author. Even so, she feels insecure like the rest of us. In a stunning new maternity shoot, she faced her doubts about her pregnant body head on—and documented the entire experience!

You can watch the 12 minute behind the scenes video below, as Johnson East and her husband Andrew discuss the thought process behind scheduling the shoot and her feeling during it, as well as Andrew’s reactions. Early on, she notes “I can sometimes struggle with pregnancy to feel beautiful.” Despite her doubts, the results are stunning, as she partners with photographer Nanda Santos for a studio shoot.

In the description on YouTube Johnson East wrote “This was so exciting. I’ve never done a shoot like this but it was SO exhilarating. I was really nervous at first honestly, but Nanda really made me feel so special and comfortable. Never in a million years did I think I’d want to do something like this, but I’m so glad I did. It was really empowering to go through that shoot and then getting to see the final product was even more exciting.”

A popular figure on social media, Johnson East has humorously chronicled pregnancy and mom life, including posting bump shots in her Olympic leotard and and dance challenges with Andrew. The couple had daughter Drew in November 2019 and will welcome a baby boy this summer––just in time to cheer on Team USA as they go for the gold!

––Sarah Shebek

Featured Image: Kathy Hutchins /