Naturi Naughton is featured in gorgeous new Essence pics and the Power star is radiant as she basks in the glow of expectant motherhood. Gearing up for a new baby and the show's highly-anticipated fourth season (kicking off June 25), Naughton shows off her baby bump with her longtime boyfriend Ben in a gorgeous photo shoot.

"It’s kind of like our first family photo shoot," Naughton explains in the cover story. "I felt gorgeous and he was looking all good, and we just made the best of something that I didn’t even know if it would fit into the schedule. The photographer [Joey Rosado] was so wonderful and he made me feel beautiful, but I feel beautiful every day with my man. He tells me everyday, and he talks to my stomach and we do a little thing where we just have a moment where we’re really appreciative of every blessing. I think the photo shoot captured that love and the love inside of me."

Naughton also addressed speculation over whether she and Ben will marry.

"Naturally, the way I grew up and the way I was raised...I didn’t anticipate being pregnant at this time. Of course I wanted to be a mom and have children, but the reality is God’s plan is not always in alignment with my plan. I wanted to do it my way, but it doesn’t always work out that way. I still think I can still have that dream, and I want to be married — and I will — I think we’re just taking it step-by-step and not worrying about what other people’s judgments or thoughts are because at the end of the day, they’re not living for me, or for us."

You can check out an Essence pic on Naturi's Instagram below:

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