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Why Is Ashley Graham Crying Over Her Pregnancy Body?

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By Whitney Vasquez

Pregnant Ashley Graham is getting candid about how her new body has made her feel "isolated" and "alone." In the first look at a new episode of her digital series, "Fearless with Ashley Graham," the model sat down with a fellow mom who inspired her to embrace her ever-changing body. Ashley Graham spoke to mom-of-four Taylor Hoit about the struggle to stay body positive for other women while she, in fact, feels the opposite in her own skin at times.

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Learning To Love Her Body:

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"I actually first discovered you when you posted a photo of yourself on Instagram,” Ashley Graham told Hoit, who shared a powerful photo of her postpartum body just 10 weeks after giving birth to twins. She describes how Hoit's post hit her hard and helped her to embrace her pregnancy body, including her growing stretch marks which Graham shared with fans after discovering Hoit's post. In the inspiring social media post, Hoit wrote, “This body has grown four children. This same body gave birth to two of those children 10 weeks ago and somehow I find myself struggling to accept this body as if it didn’t just give birth.”

Her Inspiration:

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Hoit said her inspiration for sharing a post-pregnancy body came from a discussion in a mom's group she belonged to after everyone was discussing their weight after giving birth. “It was a day where everyone was saying, ‘This is how much I’ve gained, this is how much I’ve lost, this is what I look like,’ and I wanted to change that conversation,” she said. “Like, what are we talking about? We grow children — our bodies did that. How grateful and lucky we are that we’ve done that?”

That's when she said something to Ashley Graham that really hit the model's heart. “I feel like maybe my body’s changed forever,” she explained, “and I’m just trying to figure out how to feel beautiful on the inside and the outside.” The famous expectant mom jumped in and began crying about her own issues with accepting her body.

Ashley Breaks Down:

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“It’s interesting that you say that because the reason why I had posted that original photo, I had just announced that I was pregnant and I thought then I was going to feel good and I didn’t. I just felt terrible. And that morning, actually..." Graham stopped herself as she began breaking down. "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?’"

So, she decided to take action and posted a photo showing off her stretch marks. Graham added her changing body made her feel "isolated" and "so alone." As The Blast reported, the model shared the powerful stretch mark photo shortly after revealing she was pregnant. "same same but a little different," she captioned the shot at the time. Fans and fellow celebrities applauded her for being so brave and shared their own stories of feeling insecure about their bodies. Many credited Graham for giving them confidence in their own skin. The model and her husband are expecting their first child, a baby boy.

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