Ashley Graham has long been a champion of body positivity, and her pregnancy isn’t changing that in the slightest. In fact, it’s only giving her more ways to spread her message of self-love. The 31-year-old model announced last week that she and husband Justin Ervin are expecting their first child, and as expected, she’s been completely open about how pregnancy is impacting her body. Over the weekend, Graham shared a selfie — up close and personal — that puts her pregnant body on full display, and it’s truly breathtaking.
The unretouched photo shows part of Graham’s breast, tummy, butt, and thighs complete with stretch marks, veins, and body rolls. The supermodel captioned the post: “same same but a little different.”
Like so many of her other inspiring messages, this post, which currently has more than 1,144,000 likes, is being met with overwhelming praise. “I literally have tears rolling down my cheeks as I write this,” one user wrote. “Thank you for being so raw, honest and real. Pictures like this makes me love & embrace my body more. You are beautiful!”
Tons of moms and moms-to-be have also reached out to thank Graham for her honest portrayal of the pregnant body. “I’m pregnant, hormonal, and going though so many body changes. This made me tear up. I really needed this today,” one fan commented.
Another user wrote: “I love this. We are all beautiful and unique. A size 6 or 36 it doesn’t matter we are all human. I love how you embrace you. You inspire me to love the body I have now after my 3 pregnancies.”
“Right there with you mama!” said another. “Lost and gained 1,000 lbs in my life tome, gave birth to 5 kids (last being twins). My body is a map of the journey I’ve been on and the scars that made me a mom! Blessed for all of them, and women just like you keeping it real.”
Graham and Ervin, her husband of nine years, announced their happy news last week with a sweet video clip revealing Graham’s bump, and we can’t wait to see more highlights from their journey. Surely, the rest of her pregnancy will be just as inspiring.