Model Ashley Graham says embracing her pregnant body ‘hasn’t been easy’

32-year-old due to give birth to first child this month

Sarah Young@sarah_j_young
Thursday 02 January 2020 10:34
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Ashley Graham has opened up about how her body has changed during pregnancy.

The model, who announced that she was pregnant in August 2019, is due to give birth to her first child with husband Justin Ervin later this month.

The 32-year-old has been open throughout her pregnancy, regularly posting updates on social media.

In her most recent interview with Grazia, Graham spoke candidly about how she has dealt with the way her body has changed over the last nine months, admitting that it has sometimes been a struggle.

“I feel like we all have complicated relationships with our body,” the model said.

“Mine has been changing in some new and interesting ways. It hasn’t been easy to embrace my pregnant body, but it’s definitely a reminder of how awesome our bodies truly are.”

Graham joked that she has also experienced “mini meltdowns” because she is struggling to find clothes that fit over her baby bump.

“Nothing fits me. I texted my stylist and I said, I need a fitting. I just need five key pieces,” Graham said.

The model, who has championed body positivity throughout her career, also touched upon inclusivity within the fashion industry and said it is something she will continue to fight for.

“I think that being in my position, I’m going to always talk about it. I don’t feel any negativity towards it. And I’ll [talk about it] until we don’t have to have this conversation,” Graham said.

“Up until a certain point you’re just a clothes hanger and you need to keep your mouth shut. But in the social media era women have more [of a] voice than ever before.

“We can stand up and people will listen.”

The model announced that she was expecting her first child with a video of herself and Ervin on Instagram.

In the clip, the pair could be seen adjusting the camera’s focus before zooming out to show Ervin caressing Graham’s baby bump.

“Surprise,” the pair said in unison, before sharing a kiss.

In the caption to the post, Graham wrote: “Nine years ago today, I married the love of my life. It has been the best journey with my favourite person in the world!

“Today, we are feeling so blessed, grateful and excited to celebrate with our GROWING FAMILY! Happy anniversary, @mrjustinervin.

"Life is about to get even better. [sic]”

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