Updated article on 18/10/20: Ashley Graham has stripped off and shared a naked selfie to celebrate her body.
On Sunday, the model posted a nude selfie on Instagram in which she poses with her arms wrapped around her chest and has wet hair, presumably following a shower.
‘Nakie big girl, [sic]’ she captioned the post, which also shows of her Scorpio tattoo on her right hip and her post-birth stretch marks which she's been vocal about the need to celebrate in recent months.
The post has since been liked over 1.3 million times and has drawn both praise and criticism from her followers.
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‘Beauty girl,’ commented fellow model Emily Ratajkowski on the photo.
‘Naked beautiful girl,’ added model Helena Christensen.
However, a few followers took umbrage with Graham describing herself as a ‘big girl’.
‘I hate this this is seen as “big girl” I see nothing but a beautiful, naturally curvy woman in all her glory…. super sexy and womanly,’ one follower wrote in the comments section.
In response, the 32-year-old star replied: ‘I hear what you’re saying. But if you look at “big” as a positive or love then you can see it like I do. I love my big strong beautiful body. Love you girlie.’
Graham also shared a photograph of herself with her son, Isaac, after she gave birth to him in January.
Can’t believe Isaac is 9 months today! 9 months in, 9 months out 👶 Thank you to this phenomenal team for making my labor and delivery so smooth. We are so lucky to have the support from these amazing women!
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‘Can’t believe Isaac is 9 months today! [sic],’ she captioned a topless photo of herself breastfeeding her newborn, in front of her husband Justin Ervin and midwifery team.
‘9 months in, 9 months out. Thank you to this phenomenal team for making my labour and delivery so smooth. We are so lucky to have the support from these amazing women! [sic]’
On Thursday, the 32-year-old model shared a series of photos – shot by her husband Justin Ervin – of herself modelling a range of swimwear for her new size inclusive swimwear line with Swimsuits For All.
In the snaps, the new mother’s stretch marks across her stomach are proudly displayed – a decision Graham has addressed in a bid to normalise images of women’s diverse bodies.
‘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,’ she tells People.
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! 👙 @swimsuitsforall 📸 @mrjustinervin
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‘I want everybody to know genuinely… I want people to see who I am because everybody has a story.’
Graham says she wants her stretch marks to be seen and for other women to feel empowered to show off their own.
‘A lot of women I speak to have image issues, body issues around confidence,’ she continues. ‘I want them to understand that we all have things that society has told us to cover up and why do we need to do that? So here I am with mine out and about and proud.’
The photos have gone down a storm with her Instagram followers, with several fans thanking her for ‘normalising stretch marks' and being 'real'.
The star, who gave birth to her son Isaac earlier this year, adds that she’s proud of her body.
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‘It looks so simple and beautiful, but powerful,’ she notes. ‘I’ve got more weight on me. I’ve stretch marks, and in the beginning I really had to have a lot of conversations with myself and tell myself, "Okay, new body, new mindset." But after this photo shoot, I felt so empowered because I was like, "Yes. I look good. I feel good. This is my new mum bod".'
The campaign shots come weeks after Graham and Ervin collaborated together on several of her fashion shoots while staying on her Nebraska family farm amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
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‘Justin and I were already in a rhythm of shooting together in quarantine,’ she says.
‘I feel like I've had more time with Isaac and [at] home than I ever would have had,’ she adds. ‘And that really is a silver lining for me.’
Last year, Graham shared a partially-nude photo of her body, displaying the stretch marks her body has developed since becoming pregnant.
‘Same same but a little different,’ she captioned the shot.
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The post has been praised by fans for being 'so real' and 'honest and brave' and has received over 1.4 million ‘likes’.
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