One of our favourite models (and total body confidence powerhouse), Ashley Graham, has shared a new set of entirely non-Photoshopped pictures from a swimwear campaign, and of course she looks incredible. The range is her very own line at Swimsuits For All, which has an ethos of showing ‘real’ bodies rocking the bikinis and suits on offer, and being inclusive.
Ashley, who gave birth to an adorable little boy named Isaac back in January, is well and truly back to work – and proudly normalising the new stretch marks on her stomach. Speaking to PEOPLE magazine about the shoot, she said, “There’s always a question of what do you want us to retouch, and what do you want us to take out?’ and I said, ‘Nothing,’ except from a clamp holding up the DIY backdrop. I want everybody to know genuinely… I want people to see who I am because every body has a story.”
She continued on to say that although she’s known for inspiring other women to feel comfortable in their skin, it doesn’t always come easily. “It [the shoot] looks so simple and beautiful, but powerful. I’ve got more weight on me. I have stretch marks, and in the beginning, I really had to have a lot of conversations with myself and tell myself, ‘OK, new body, new mindset.’ But after this photo shoot, I felt so empowered because I was like, ‘Yes. I look good. I feel good.” Amen to that, Ashley!
Captioning three shots of herself (two in a super cute pink bikini, one in a black bikini bottom and printed tie up top) on Instagram, Ashley also shared with fans that she’s been loving her first summer as a mother.
“Some things I love: a cute bathing suit and a backyard shoot with the family! We’ve had such great time making the most of this summer in Nebraska and these suits have me feeling great for my first summer as a mommy!”
The photographs were taking by her husband Justin Ervin, with whom she’s been with for almost ten years. How lovely (and might we also add… how convenient must it have been having such a talented Insta-husband during lockdown?).
Shout out to Ashley for always serving up a welcome reminder that all bodies are beautiful and that nobody needs Photoshop. End of.
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