This week, the model posted a photo to Instagram where she can be seen kneeling down in the middle of an aisle in Staples to change the diaper of her son Isaac Menelik Giovanni, who is lying on a changing mat.
“Sh*t just got real!” Graham captioned the photo. “First diaper blow up while running errands with no restroom in sight! Thank God I remembered to put the changing mat in the diaper bag!”
The honest photo prompted mum-shamers to criticise the 32-year-old, who welcomed her first child with husband Justin Erwin in January, for changing her seven-week-old son in a public space.
“This is disgusting and as a mom of two boys never in a million years would I have done this on the floor in a store,” one person commented on the photo. “Take the baby to the restroom or the car to change. This is unsanitary and disrespectful to the other shoppers in the store, as well as the baby.”
Another said: “Girl- no. I have had five kids and never have I changed a diaper on the floor in the middle of an aisle. It’s disrespectful to your child and disrespectful to the public to expect them to just deal with your child’s faeces.”
Wendy Williams was among those “mommy-shaming” the model over her handling of the situation. On Thursday, the talk-show host addressed the picture on her show where she said that Graham was “being mommy-shamed by me”.
“I don’t like what she did,” Williams said. “Now, as a mother, you hate it when you go places and there are no changing tables… so she’s in Staples with her seven-week-old son… and he does an explosive. So she changed that in the aisle.”
While Williams acknowledged that Graham may not have had a car to go to living in New York City, she said she doesn't “want to see that” in a store or on social media and that the new mother was setting a bad example for other mothers.
“Mothers are looking at Ashley like: ‘If she can do it, I can do it too.’ No the hell you can’t,” Williams said, adding: “This is sending a bad message. I don’t want to see this in the store. I don’t, and I’m a mom.”
Despite the backlash, some parents defended Graham and applauded her for being transparent about the struggles of parenting.
“That’s a Queen right there,” Amy Schumer wrote on the photo, while reality TV star Jenni Farley wrote: “I know that feeling. Gotta do what you gotta do.”
This is not the first time Graham has been candid about being a new mother. In February, the model opened up about the changes she’s faced since giving birth, including the need to change “your own diapers too”.
“After all these years in fashion I never could’ve guessed that disposable underwear would be my favourite piece of clothing but here we are!” Graham captioned an Instagram photo of herself. “No one talks about the recovery and healing (yes even the messy parts) new mums go through.”
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