Ashley Graham posed completely naked to show Instagram her post-baby stretch marks today. The model, influencer, and “Pretty Big Deal” podcast host welcomed her first baby last month – together with husband Justin Erwin, the 32-year-old is now a parent to a beautiful baby boy named Isaac.
Ashley has already shared the reality of motherhood to social media. A beautiful breastfeeding snap of the new mom with her husband moved fans beyond belief at the beginning of February, with a recent shot of Ashley sipping coffee (while baby got his feed) also proving well-received.
Today got extra-raw, though.
Ashley’s photo showed her shot close up and hiding absolutely nothing bar the necessary modesty-covering required by Instagram’s no-nudity policy. The model wasn’t posing in a particularly flattering manner, choosing rather to showcase her beautiful post-baby curves in all their reality – plus the very visible stretch marks seen below her navel.
Ashley posed with her left arm covering her breasts and a right arm seen stretched out – possibly making the image a selfie. Her hip tattoo was also visible.
“Same me. Few new stories,” she captioned the shot.
The response to Ashley’s post was a mega one. Comments and likes came in fast, with the latter sitting at over 445,000 before the update was 40 minutes old.
Fans were beyond moved.
“This is ART” was one of the most-liked comments.
“Best Story your body can tell❤️,” one fan wrote.
“Thank you for being so real,” another said.
“Thank you ?? you are beautiful. Keep inspiring women all over the world ♥️” was another comment.
Celebrity likes also came in from Billie Eilish, Lizzo, and Jordyn Woods.
For Ashley, motherhood is as real as her approach to her plus-size model body – the star famously referred to her dislike of the term in a TED talk, stating that she prefers to call it “my size.”
Following the birth, Ashley took to Instagram to share unshaved armpits, also unveiling that she was using disposable underwear.
“Raise your hand if you didn’t know you’d be changing your own diapers too??♀️ After all these years in fashion I never could’ve guessed that disposable underwear would be my favorite piece of clothing but here we are!” she wrote.
“No one talks about the recovery and healing (yes even the messy parts) new moms go through. I wanted to show you guys that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies!” Ashley added.
Ashley announced Isaac’s arrival with some snaps of his tiny hand clutching hers (and Justin’s). The post was followed by this photo, with Ashley gushing about her baby, her husband, and the situation overall.
“I remember holding Isaac for the first time and telling Justin, “Now we’re family forever” I have so many reasons to be grateful; all of the love and support from this amazing community, an incredible husband, and a beautiful baby who has opened my eyes to just how amazing this world really is. @mrjustinervin and Isaac, thank you for being my favorite @prettybigdealpod guests so far ❤️,” she wrote.