Just last week supermodel Ashley Graham made the surprise announcement that she and her husband of nine years, Justin Ervin, were expecting their first child together. Graham, who is perhaps one of the most well known and successful plus-sized models in the industry has long been a proponent of body positivity so it's no surprise that she recently posted a photo of her pregnant self, stretch marks and all.
Yesterday Graham posted a photo of her pregnant body, stretch marks and all, with the caption, "same same but a little different." The photo was met with endless comments applauding the model for not being afraid to post a realistic picture of her body and not feeling ashamed of her stretch marks or growing baby belly.
Celebrities like Lily Aldridge, Niecy Nash, Amanda DeCadenet, and more took to the comments section, leaving a trail of red heart emojis, while singer Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, "My Lord, THANK YOU for this."
Others couldn't help but applaud the businesswoman and model for showing that bodies come in all shapes and sizes. "I’m such a wimp. I’m pregnant, hormonal, and going though so many body changes. This made me tear up. I really needed this today," wrote one grateful commenter. "Thank you for being so real in a world of fake," wrote another. "You make me love myself more.." added another commenter.
During a 2016 interview with Glamour Magazine, the curvy model said that she has a few words that she lives by. "Be your own woman. Be your own kind of role model. And remember that the women around you are women you can lift up. You can change their lives." She most definitely lives by those words, constantly championing women to be proud of their bodies, regardless of their size or shape.
Now that Graham is expecting her first baby fans are excited to see her embrace her changing body and encourage other women to do the same. "What I see is confidence, acceptance, and being an inspiration to everyone that feels awkward about their own bodies. All that makes you kind and very attractive from inside out, keep it up and congratulations on the baby," wrote a fan on her Instagram post. "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," wrote another.