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Ashley Graham is one of the few celebrities who authentically celebrate their bodies—and not just in a single Instagram post. Graham gave birth to her first child (opens in new tab) with her husband, Justin Ervin, in January. Ever since, she's been posting photos of her postpartum body while also getting candid about motherhood.
One of Graham's first post-baby Instagram posts talked about what typically remains undiscussed with new mothers: wearing diapers. "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 captioned (opens in new tab) her post. "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."
In another post after giving birth to her son, Isaac Menelik Giovanni Ervin, the model posted a photo of herself breastfeeding while drinking a cup of coffee in a restaurant. (She had posted another breastfeeding pic (opens in new tab) a couple weeks before.) I mean...a superwoman!
Most recently, Graham posted a pic of the stretch marks on her stomach, showing the world that her body will continue to change after giving birth and that's okay. She simply captioned the photo, "same me. few new stories."
Graham doesn't have to post any of these photos, but by doing so she's giving women a glimpse into real life as a new mom, which can be scary and complicated and confusing. We appreciate you, Ashley!
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Rachel Epstein is an editor at Marie Claire, where she writes and edits culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also manages the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game, finding a new coffee shop, or analyzing your cousin's birth chart—in no particular order.
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