Six-months-pregnant Raffaella Fico shows off her baby bump in a bikini as she hits the catwalk at Milan Fashion Week
By J J ANISIOBI
PUBLISHED: 15:17 GMT, 22 September 2012
Mario Balotelli may be staying clear of the topic but his ex-girlfriend is quite happy to make it a talking point.
Raffaella Fico took to the catwalk to show off her baby bump at Milan Fashion Week on Saturday afternoon.
The 24-year-old sashayed up and down the runway in a series of bikinis that showed off her growing bump.
Modelling for Pin Up Stars, Raffaella did what she does best as she got back to her day job as a professional model.
With her long dark brown hair given extra volume she combed it back and swept it to one side as she wanted the sole focus to be on her bump.
Instead of covering up in a full swimming costume she opted to wear a few bikinis to highlight her swollen tummy.
The model walked down the catwalk in a strapless yellow top with matching bottom, and added a bright green lace belt around her hips.
Raffaella also wore a pair of gold strappy heels which she teamed with matching chunky bracelets and necklace.
She also slipped into a white bikini that featured a cartoon picture of a monkey on each cup.
Czech model Petra Němcová also took to the catwalk and looked more natural as she displayed a toned torso but also sported big hair.
Petra, 33, may be the more popular model internationally but Fico was given special recognition by the designer at the end of the show.
Mario and Fico split in April after a tempestuous year-long relationship ended with a doorstep row, and then at the start of the month, she revealed she was almost four months pregnant and the baby was his.
Initially it was reported that Balotelli was ‘delighted’ with the news but then the footballer issued a statement in which he said he would ‘accept his full responsibilities once a paternity test’ had been taken to establish if he really was the father.
Raffaella’s then wrote a passionate letter, which was published in glossy Italian weekly Chi, in which she spoke in loving terms of Balotelli and made it clear that she still has feelings for him – even though he has insisted there is no chance of a reconciliation.
She wrote: ‘This child I desire with all my heart and I want it because it is not a child that arrived by chance but instead it is the fruit of love between two people and you know well what I am talking about.
‘This letter was the only way I could speak to you. I am happy to take the DNA test but I still have the text messages you sent me from Krakow (during Euro 2012) in which you said you were happy with the news I had given you.’