Ashley Graham has always been an advocate for women of different shapes and sizes. Now that she’s pregnant, this couldn’t be more true.
Graham is one of four Vogue January cover stars. The magazine, which is celebrating role models, creative forces, and mothers this month, discussed pregnancy, acceptance, and embracing one’s body with the model.
Known for doing things her own way, Graham is working hard to change the narrative surrounding pregnancy.
“I wanted to know every single thing, and I still love talking about it,” she said. “Because I feel like it’s important to kind of change the narrative and be like, it’s normal to feel scared, and not be one of those women who are like, ‘Oh, it’s so great!’ Just be scared out of your mind. That’s normal.”
In order to do this, Graham turned to some friends for support.
“I’ve always had control over my body, when everyone else wanted to dictate what it should be, I took full control over it. But I had this life inside of me saying, ‘It’s not yours anymore, it’s mine.’ And you have to just succumb. And I felt like I didn’t have anyone to talk to. I was gaining weight rapidly. And I felt alone. And the one piece of advice that my stylist, Jordan Foster, gave me was, ‘Make pregnant friends.’ None of my friends were in relationships, let alone pregnant. And now I have nine pregnant friends.”
All of this has helped her accept her body the way it is. Despite being part of an industry where she was constantly told to lose weight, Graham says that she has never been thin and is excited that we’re living in a generation that is embracing plus-sized women.
“I’ve tried every diet known to man, but they don’t work, because I’m a curvy woman,” she said. “Once I accepted that, the more confident I became, and that’s when my career really started to take off.”
You can read the full interview here.