By NADIA MENDOZA
Bump ahead: Beyonce Knowles stepped out in New York today wearing a form fitting dress
While most expectant mothers hide beneath unshapely maternity wear, Beyonce Knowles wants the world to see her growing tummy.
The songbird stepped out in a black curve-hugging dress with a navy stripe that clung to her stomach to show off a blooming bump.
As she ran errands in Manhattan, she didn't exactly dress for the rainy weather, but her bodyguard protected her hair and heels with an umbrella.
Glow girl: The singer looked radiant as she emerged from her hotel
Despite her changing body, the former Destiny's Child star looked effortlessly stunning and looked as though she was striding along the red carpet rather than a murky pavement.
The mother-to-be seems keen to show off her bump after speculation that she was sporting a fake one earlier this week.
What rain? Beyonce ignored the bad weather as she tottered along in heels
She proved her point yesterday during another rainy day in New York, stepping out in the Big Apple wearing a flowing snakeskin blouse which she teamed with black jeans, hat and vertiginous buckled boot heels.
While it may not be advisable for expectant mothers to totter along in tall shoes, the Run The World singer was clearly putting style before comfort.
Knight in shining armour: Bodyguard kept Beyonce dry as she showed off her bump, which was less visible from the front than the side
The public sighting comes just days after the RnB star was at the centre of claims she wore a fake bump for a television appearance.
Her representatives quickly dismissed the reports as 'stupid, ridiculous and false' - but not before footage of her sporting an apparent 'squished' bump on Australian TV became a YouTube hit.
Stylish: Despite the impending birth, Beyonce won't be surrendering her designer wardrobe for tracksuits and maternity gear just yet
Viewers noted how at one point the cameras appeared to show Beyoncé’s bump being squashed as she sits down.
During the interview to promote her new album, 4, she revealed she is due to give birth in February, adding that she feels 'grateful' and 'blessed' to be expecting her first child.
The footage promoted speculation on gossip websites that she is wearing a prosthetic bump.
Blooming: Beyonce out in New York today, looking stylish in a maternity snakeskin top and hat which she teamed with killer heels
U.S. blog Media Takeout was the first to highlight the peculiar moment, citing it as 'evidence' she is exaggerating the look of her bump.
Other news outlets also weighed in, with The Washington Post calling it 'weird' while ABC News asks: 'Is Beyoncé's bump as big as she’d have us believe?'
Maternity chic: The expectant mother, seen here in New York, is not letting pregnancy get in the way of her passion for fashion
It even triggered wild 'conspiracy theories' that she was faking her pregnancy while a surrogate mother carries her baby.
However, the claim carries little logic considering she was photographed wearing a bikini on September 6 while holidaying in Croatia and sporting a visible bump.
What's going on here: The singer's representatives denied reports she was sporting a fake baby bump during an appearance on Australian television
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