Model Ashley Graham is known for being an advocate for body positivity. She inspires people every day with her openness to accepting her body and flaunting what she’s got. (Which, let’s be honest, is drop-dead gorgeous). Since announcing her pregnancy in August, Ashley has posted tons of beautiful pictures of her and her growing baby bump.
From hot lingerie shots to tight bodycon dresses and even a tight leather dress for Halloween, Ashley is showing the world that pregnancy can be sexy.
But of course, everyone goes through body image issues from time-to-time, even Ashley Graham. In a recently released episode of her Fearless series, Ashley met with Taylor Hoit, a mother of four who is struggling with her own self-image after welcoming twins.
Ashley took notice of Hoit on Instagram (Taylor has since made her Instagram account private), when she had shared a photo of her postpartum stomach 10 weeks after giving birth. “I have to do something for me and for my daughters to show them you don’t have to get your body back because your body was never lost,” Taylor wrote in the caption of her photo. “It just changed and just love it and I’m still trying to work through loving it.”
Taylor had tagged Ashley in her photo. Just a few days prior, Ashley had posted a raw photo showing her changing body. In the episode, Ashley emotionally revealed her thought process behind posting the photo.
“The reason I had posted that original photo — I had just announced that I was pregnant. I thought then I was going to feel good and I didn’t. I just felt terrible and that morning…that morning I really thought to myself,” Ashley explained as she began to cry. “That morning, I was like, get it together Ashley — there’s other women out there that 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? I felt so isolated. I felt so alone. So, it’s like I’ve had to come into this new world of body confidence.”
It’s so inspiring to see Ashley continue her body-positive message in a real and honest way.