If you’re a true Ashley Graham fan, then you’ll know that she is not one to shy away from the camera. As a plus-size model and body activist who embraces her curves as any woman should, viewers were shocked to hear this morning that she was hesitant to post a nude pregnancy photo in August. “I had just announced that I was pregnant and I thought then I was gonna feel good, and I didn’t,” the New Model tearfully admitted on her Fearless show with guest Taylor Hoit, a mother of four. Ultimately, she received an outpouring of love when she posted the shot to Instagram revealing her stretch marks. Still, running through her mind were feelings of doubt.
“I just felt terrible. That morning actually, I really thought to myself, ‘Get it together, Ashley. There are other women out there who are going through the same thing as you. Why don’t you have a dialogue with them? This is a new body that I’m walking into. Why don’t I just put myself out there with this new body?’” she tells Hoit.
Any pregnant person can relate to these feelings of loneliness and isolation. Thankfully, Graham started to approach her pregnancy differently and discovered what she describes as “a whole new world of body confidence.” After recently giving birth to twins, Hoit also struggled with body confidence. Like many other followers who saw Graham’s au natural pregnancy body, Hoit was so deeply inspired that she posted her own postpartum photo. By speaking openly on air, these two women came together to change the dialogue within the motherhood community about embracing their bodies’ changes.
When the show was about to wrap up, Hoit’s boyfriend, surprisingly got down on one knee and proposed to her. Ashley, bless her soul, congratulated the happily engaged couple by giving them $10,000.
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