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Pregnant supermodel Ashley Graham is being praised for showing off her stretch marks in a beautiful photo.

The American catwalk star is pregnant with her first child, and posted the image to her Instagram followers.

She captioning the shot; “Same same but a little different." Fans were hugely appreciative of her 'real' honesty and body positivity.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The image was liked by celebrities such as model Lily Aldridge and comedian Niecy Nash. Author Rebecca Scritchfield commented;  “We need this!!! Beauty and real ness.”

31-year-old Ashley has become renowned for her inspiring activism surrounding the topic of body confidence, and her plus size model career has skyrocketed.

She announced last week that she was pregnant with her first child with husband Justin Ervin in a stunning video;

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The announcement came on Graham's ninth wedding anniversary with husband, after posting the video about her growing family;

"Nine years ago today, I married the love of my life. It has been the best journey with my favourite person in the world!

"Today, we are feeling so blessed, grateful and excited to celebrate with our GROWING FAMILY! Happy anniversary, Justin. Life is about to get even better."

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Huge congratulations are in order for model Ashley Graham and her husband Justin Ervin who have just shared the most joyous news- the pair are expecting their first child together.

The supermodel announced her pregnancy in an interview with Vogue.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“Today on our ninth wedding anniversary, Justin and I couldn’t be more happy to share the news that we are growing our family. Together we have received this beautiful blessing and can’t wait to share our unconditional love,” the mum-to-be gushed.

Ashley and her husband Justin also posted a video on Instagram to reveal the news. The pair said ‘surprise’ before the model revealed her blooming baby bump.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She shared, “It has been the best journey with my favorite person in the world! Today, we are feeling so blessed, grateful and excited to celebrate with our GROWING FAMILY! Happy anniversary, @mrjustinervin. Life is about to get even better.”

We couldn’t be happier for Ashley and Justin. Congratulations to the parents-to-be.

 

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Do we all remember how insanely popular Ashley Graham's first PrettyLittleThing collection was? We do. Which is why we're oh so grateful for take two; step into spring.

The company are SO excited to announce their second collaboration with the veteran model, entrepreneur, body positivity activist host of American Beauty Star. 

Their #EveryBODYinPLT campaign praises the inclusion of all body types, and PrettyLittleThing are aiming to encourage confidence through fashion, celebrating every woman.

 

The collection is all about those beautiful silhouettes which make you feel effortlessly gorgeous.

Winter wardrobes are officially GONE, it's time to bring back spring. The clothes inspired by the amazing Ashley Graham provide lush, killer outfits with sophisticated tailored pieces.

We're talkin' blazers, button detail dresses and peplum jumpsuits; be your own boss.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ashley spoke about her collection, expressing her hope that size will no longer be the 'be all and end all' in fashion;

“The #EveryBODYinPLT campaign shows customers that their size cannot define them and will not restrict them from having access to clothing that they love. Brands like PrettyLittleThing influence millions of people who want to dress on trend, and I’m excited to reach even more people with this second collection.”

The feminine gathered dresses, satin styles and sweetheart neckline silhouettes will have hearts racing, and red takes a starring role. It's next level, gals. Shop the collection now on their website; it's available in UK sizes 6-28. UNREAL.

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Ashley Graham recently revealed a surprising detail about her and her husband’s relationship.

Appearing on Gwyenth Paltrow’s podcast Goop, the model said she waited to have sex with her hubby until after they were married.

Her strong decision came after a terrible relationship in her 20s that was “mentally, physically, and emotionally abusive.”

“I hid our relationship for a year, so it was two years of agony, but I had myself in it because I didn't know my worth," Ashley explained.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"I knew that I was a stronger woman for breaking up with him, and in feeling stronger for breaking up with him I was like, 'What is it that I need to do to change myself so I don't get back into that situation?'" she continued in the podcast.

Unfortunately, many women experience horrible relationships on their way to finding the right guy or gal. And when we’re young, it is so easy to be swayed by a partner's promises and hold every word they say as truth.

But thankfully, Ashley was able to find her strength and end her toxic relationship, and she went on to reveal what she thought was behind these failed relationships.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"In that 'aha' moment, I was like, my problem is I keep giving it up too soon, I keep having sex too soon with these guys.

“I grew up very Christian, and in that I realised I'm giving up my power to each of these guys and I'm letting them control me, not constantly control me in every action, but they have a certain control over me," she told Gwyenth.

Ashley realised, that for her, sex was a power thing and the guys she dated took advantage of that.

So, when she met her husband Justin, she stuck to this mindset and he didn’t seem to have a problem at all with her no-sex rule.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The two met at her church where she was volunteering as an “elevator lady” and have been inseparable ever since.

“And he and I did not break my rule, and his rule as well, because I didn't know that he was also trying to wait until he was married to have sex as well."

Her love story moved Gwyenth to tears as she opened up about past hurts and present happiness.

Wow, power to you, Ashley! That takes some strength and major willpower!

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The world was shook when numerous allegations of sexual assault in Hollywood covered the news.

Soon the #metoo movement formed, encapsulating female empowerment and giving a voice to those who had been made silent for years.

And models in the fashion industry have confirmed that the tide is turning for females around the world.

Gigi Hadid, Kylie Jenner, Ashley Graham, and Paloma Elsesser recently joined together at Vogue's Forces of Fashion conference to discuss body shaming, feminism, life as a model, and the effect #metoo has had on authority figures.

Ashley credited social media as a major factor to this shift towards gender equality, saying that because girls can use Instagram and Facebook to comment on these current issues modelling agencies and Hollywood directors are realising what the public really wants – real women on screen.

Gigi agreed with her comments, adding her own experience with body shaming.

“I loved my body when I was curvier,” she confessed. “Then as I lost it people were still mean.

“Yeah, I know I’m skinny. I’m looking in the mirror. I’m trying to eat burgers and do squats. I want an ass too.”

The rest of the girls laughed alongside the young model, completely understanding her struggle with low self-esteem due to comments of being ‘too fat’ or ‘too thin’.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“People feel that they have ownership over your body in society today and I think that it’s really ridiculous because you don’t – my body is mine,” Ashley explained.

“I work out because I want to stay healthy and if I happen to gain 10 pounds or lose 10 pounds it’s none of your business.”

But this judgement of women’s physicality is less common than it used to be, the models agreed.

Kylie excitedly said that #metoo has “brought empowerment to women” and now a lot more of us are speaking up when we’re being mistreated.

“Ya, men are becoming more sensitive”, Ashley agreed. “Women are taking action and having these conversations. The set has actually changed”.

Paloma said that modelling in 2018 has been a completely different experience than past years.

I have been asked more than ever over the past year, ‘Do you feel good?' when trying on clothes for photo shoots, she confessed.

And she feels better than ever in her own skin. In fact, one of her tricks, she revealed, is spending time naked with herself. It has helped her become more comfortable with her appearance.

When asked to give advice to girls in this changing social environment, Kylie told the audience to be “super authentic and genuine and to find a job you love doing”.

“I’ve learned to always trust your intuition and trust yourself”, Gigi stated.

It is inspiring to see feminism taking hold in this generation more than ever, revolutionising pop culture as well as society on a personal, individualistic level.

And recent fashion shows, like Rihanna’s lingerie line debut, have only proved that by publicising the commonality of and absolute beauty in diversity of race, colour, size, gender, etc.

Women are a force to be reckoned with and it’s exciting to see the world recognising that more and more each day.

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We are drooling over PrettyLittleThing’s newest collaboration with American supermodel Ashley Graham.

Ashley is an absolute legend. The fabulous plus-size model has been making waves in the fashion industry, appearing on covers of Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, and Glamour.

Her most recent conquest is dominating as a judge on America’s Next Top Model.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Not only is she fantastic at her job, but the 30-year-old uses her fame to make a difference for women everywhere. She told The New York Times that her goals are global. “It’s about having a voice. It’s about what are you doing to change your world and leave a legacy and a mark for the next generation.”

And now, the gorgeous activist has teamed up with PrettyLittleThing to bring us the fiercest collection yet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The campaign #EveryBODYinPLT is centred around Ashley’s message of inclusion and confidence. Finally! Some stylish clothes for us women who have curves.

The collection is all about making a statement with lavish prints. Wearers will be feeling fearless in an oversized animal printed blazer, dramatically striped co–ords and floor sweeping maxi dresses in an array of styles.

This sexy and sophisticated look oozes flirtatious feels and will have EveryBODY feeling fierce in glittering metallic, eye catching emeralds and fiery reds.

Ashley said she is “so excited about this collaboration with PrettyLittleThing because it is size inclusive and it is so sexy. It will take you girls effortlessly from day to night and this has been such an amazing experience curing a range for ALL women!”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The new collection also has a classy, sophisticated side, debuting indulgent satin dresses, risky lace jumpsuits and shine-out sequin playsuits. These silhouettes are made to make us feel effortlessly beautiful. It will cater for all sizes ranging from 6 to 28.

Ashley and the fashion brand have created a dynamic collection that will help everyBODY to find their perfect fit.

The collection landed today and is available here now. 

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Scrolling through Instagram or flipping through a magazine can be aspirational AF, but looking at the seemingly perfect lives and figures of our favourite Instagrammers and models can leave some of us feeling dissatisfied with our own bodies. 

A new study from Florida State University has found that interaction with average or curvy models has a positive effect on our mental health when compared to slim models or those with a less attainable body shape for some women. 

The study used psychophysiological measures to examine how women respond, both psychologically and physiologically, to models of different sizes.

 

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According to the study, when average size and plus-size models were on screen, research participants had an overall more positive experience.

Participants answered questions about their body satisfaction after viewing images of both plus and straight sized models.

The participants, who were all female and all had made indications that they wished to lose weight, made fewer comparisons between their bodies and those on screen.

The subjects also paid more attention and remembered more about those models.

Most importantly, participants also reported higher levels of body satisfaction.

'We found overwhelmingly that there is a clear psychological advantage when the media shows more realistic body types than the traditional thin model,'  said Jessica Ridgway, assistant professor in the Department of Retail, Merchandising and Product Development at FSU.

'Women made fewer social comparisons, felt increased body satisfaction, paid more attention to and remembered average and plus-size models,' added Russell Clayton, assistant professor in the FSU School of Communication and lead author of the study. 

'Therefore, it might be a useful persuasive strategy for media producers to employ plus-size models if the goal of the campaign is to capture attention while also promoting body positivity.'

We're all for more curvy representation in the industry, and definitely support having a mix of diverse body shapes, both slim and plus-size, promoted in advertising. 

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For decades, sexual harassment and misconduct pervaded the entertainment industry, and for decades those involved and those effected maintained a silence.

The people responsible relied on the unwilling silence and reluctant compliance of their victims, and for decades, they got it.

This all changed in 2017, however, when The New Yorker exposed the years of abuse, assault and harassment dozens of women experienced at the hands of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

And with that, the floodgates opened.

As more and more men were called out, more and more women came forward with their stories of abuse – revelations which acted as the catalyst for social movements including #MeToo and #TimesUp.

The latest in a horrifyingly long line of women is model Ashley Graham, who recalled a moment which has haunted her since it took place at the age of 17.

 “I was shooting a big campaign and a photo assistant said, ‘Come here. I wanna talk to you,”  Ashley, who is now 30, told The View during her appearance on the popular show yesterday.

"He lured me into this hallway, pushed me into a closet,” she continued. “He exposed himself and he said, look at what you did to me all day long, now touch it. And I freaked out."

 

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Visibly emotional, Ashley continued: "I ran out of the closet and I just prayed that no one would find out."

As a teenager, Ashley feared for both her career and reputation within the industry, and ultimately protected the man who attempted to violate her.

"I thought, if they found out he did that to me, I’m never going to get hired for a job again. I’m going to be the difficult model and nobody’s going to want to work with me if they know that something like that happened," she told her fellow panellists.

"If I knew what I know now, and knew that all of these women were standing up and saying 'me too', I would have smacked that guy and said' he's a paedophile' because I was 17," she reminded the audience.

Ashley is adamant that the movement is working. and that unity in women's voices serves to protect 'their sisters on set'.

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It's been a great 12 months for Ashley Graham, who has achieved some major milestones in her modelling career.

However, the model feels that encouraging women to embrace their own bodies is by far the most important thing she's ever achieved. 

Speaking at the Time 100 gala on Tuesday night, the model revealed the proudest moment of her career.

'When I took a photo of my cellulite and posted it on Instagram,' she said, explaining how it felt to unashamedly showcase her body.   

'I don't think that other women should be afraid of theirs as well.'

'It's my body, it's my lumps and bumps. I'm into it, my husband doesn't care, and neither should the world,' she finished. 

'I workout. I do my best to eat well. I love the skin I'm in,' she captioned the post at the time.

'And I'm not ashamed of a few lumps, bumps or cellulite.. and you shouldn't be either.'

Hear, hear Ashley!

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It's just about been a year since Ashley Graham graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, gaining the title as the first plus size model to ever do so, while simultaneously making huge strides for fat acceptance in the fashion and beauty industry. 

Since then, the model's star has continued to rise. She has starred in countless campaigns, been featured on the cover of Vogue and was immortalised in plastic in the form of a mini-me Barbie doll

Now, the model is taking on New York Fashion Week, and has become the first plus size woman to walk for fashion mega-brand Michael Kors

Walking alongside the likes of Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid, the model looked amazing on the runway. 

"Thank you for the opportunity and showing that beauty comes in many different forms," the model said, captioning a snap from the show on Instagram. 

"Don't let my runway face fool you, this is what really happens backstage! Thank you again Michael Kors and thanks to my boo Bella for giving me tips on my walk!" she said, on another image of her and Bella Hadid.

Ashley wasn't the only curvy model to be featured on a mainstream fashion catwalk at NYFW this season. 

Plus size model Candice Huffine modelled two looks at the Prabal Gurung show on Sunday evening.

 

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"Thank you Prabal, I love how you see the future for all women!" the model said on Instagram.

By the looks of things, NYFW is ready to embrace women of all shapes and sizes, and it's about time. 

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While we all love a good filter, sometimes the fashion industry can get a little crazy with its photo editing.

Big brands and fashion bibles alike can run afoul of the dreaded photoshop, and thanks to social media, these blemish-blending blunders are often pointed out for the world to see.

On US Vogue's March cover, the style tome got a little heavy handed with the slimming and lengthening tool and accidentally gave model-of-the-moment Gigi Hadid a freakishly long arm, wrist and fingers.

The alien appendage was quickly pointed out by hoards of fashion followers, who took to social media to highlight the mistake.

Gigi's arm, which should be on best pal Kendall's waist, actually manages to stretch all the way over to Ashley Graham's waist, who is standing behind Kendall.

Twitter users also pointed out that the model on the far right, Vittoria Ceretti's arm seems unnaturally cut off.

The publication has also gotten some heat for choosing Gigi and Kendall for the shoot, which intends to represent diversity.

Gigi and Kendall are the two most heavily featured models in the industry at the moment, so their addition did not go down well with everyone online.

Others also felt that while the cover does show women of different backgrounds, there was not enough diversity among the models chosen. 

"Vogue is 'democratising fashion' by not including a single woman darker than a paper bag in an 'inclusive' spread," tweeted one angry user.

Ashley Graham fans also felt that she was the "token" plus size model in the shoot, and that although she had been included, steps were taken to minimise her size.

Gigi's photoshopped arm stretching past Kendall to rest on Ashley's waist was called out by some who felt that it was an attempt to hide Ashley's stomach.

Other also pointed out that un like the other models in the image, Ashley's hand is resting on her leg, which some thought was an attempt to make her appear slimmer.

However Ashley herself called BS on this claim, commenting on one of her Instagram posts from the shoot to say: "I chose to pose like that. No one told me to do anything." 

While Vogue is clearly making steps to promote diversity in it's pages, perhaps it will take some of the feedback on board for the next diversity issue. 

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While British Vogue recently took the (long overdue) opportunity to celebrate American model Ashley Graham, it seems countless fashion houses decided to ignore the opportunity.

In a move which shines a light on the unrealistic beauty ideals propagated by many in the fashion industry, British Vogue editor, Alexandra Shulman, revealed that the publication had difficulty finding designers who were willing to style the plus-size model for the shoot.

In her editor's letter for the iconic publication, Alexandra admitted that while Coach were more than happy to participate, the same could not be said for other major fashion brands.

"It seems strange to me that while the rest of the world is desperate for fashion to embrace broader definitions of physical beauty, some of our most famous fashion brands appear to be travelling in the opposite – and, in my opinion, unwise – direction," she wrote for the magazine's January edition.

Ashley has, in the past, spoken of the impact she hopes to have on young girls, saying: "Growing up I didn't have curvy role models, mainly because I didn't see enough curvy women represented in major ads."

And while Ashley was indeed dismissed by brands for her recent Vogue shoot, she has previously said that she thinks the tide is, in fact, turning.

The model, who has had a Barbie created after her, said: “Now we're seeing curvy women on runways, on magazine covers and in major advertising campaigns alongside "straight size" models."

"We're seeing more inclusivity when it comes to size, and we have to continue featuring more and more diversity," she added.

Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like Alexandra Shulman is as optimistic as Ashley.

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