Ashley Graham announced her pregnancy with husband Justin Ervin last Wednesday and is already proving that she’s going to make the world a better, more accepting place for her baby. Making the announcement on the couple’s nine-year wedding anniversary, Graham and Ervin are happily celebrating the news with their followers, with Graham already sharing her pregnancy journey in the same positive and inspiring tone she’s used throughout her career.
The model posted a picture on Sunday showing off her stretch marks and changing pregnancy body, captioning the photo “same same but a little different.” Appearing nude and covering her breast with her hand (and fresh manicure, we see you girl), the Sports Illustrated model is receiving a ton of praise for sharing a picture that shows a natural body and not another Photoshopped image of a celebrity that creates unattainable beauty standards.
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Graham’s Instagram was immediately flooded with positive responses to the picture, including fellow model Lily Aldridge and actor Niecy Nash, with both women posting a series of heart emojis. Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott wrote “My Lord, THANK YOU for this.” Many fans praised Graham for continuing to be a role model, with one follower writing “This is what girls need to see. We need this as a reference for real and relatable. Women young and old. Thank you!” Another follower, who is also pregnant, found her mom tribe with Graham and wrote “I’m pregnant, hormonal, and going though so many body changes. This made me tear up. I really needed this today.”
This isn’t the first time Graham has shared an untouched photo on her social media. The model previously posted a picture back in 2017, showing a close up of Graham’s leg. Rather than worry about cellulite, the America’s Next Top Model judge enjoyed her day at the beach, writing “I workout. I do my best to eat well. I love the skin I’m in. And I’m not ashamed of a few lumps, bumps or cellulite.. and you shouldn’t be either. #beautybeyondsize #lovetheskinyourein.” Yas kween.
More celebrities have been embracing their bodies and sharing unretouched photos with their followers, including Kourtney Kardashian. The reality star and mom of three recently uploaded a snap of herself on a boat for her new company Poosh. Kardashian didn’t address her stretch marks in the photo, which we love just as much as Graham’s fun message to accompany her pic. Hopefully we’ll soon reach a day when people posting natural photos of themselves is the norm and doesn’t require a heartfelt and empowering message.