Model Ashley Graham has proudly shared a revealing, pregnant photo of herself and her transforming body on Instagram—stretch marks and all.
“Same same but a little different,” Graham captioned the image.
In the image, Graham, who is expecting her first child with husband Justin Ervin, shows how pregnancy is changing her body—and tons of people are praising her candor and confidence.
“This picture makes me feel so perfect being ‘imperfect,'” one user said. “Sick of pictures of models and stars photoshopped and airbrushed making me feel like less of a woman because of my stretch marks and curves!!!”
“Thank you for being so real in a world of fake,” another user said.
“I CANNOT WAIT for you to be a mother and teach another human being that ALL bodies are beautiful. You’re going to be such an amazing mother.”
In the past, Graham — who has 8.9 million followers on Instagram — has been outspoken about body positivity and how it feels to be a mainstream model who has deemed “plus-size.” Graham, who is an advocate for Health at Every Size movements, was the first size 16 model to appear on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover.
“This is the kind of conversation I’m still struggling to have on set,” Graham said in 2019 at the New York Times-sponsored Reshaping Beauty event. “You see those red stretch marks on the inside of my thigh? Leave those. Those are new and those are real, and we need to talk about those.”
“People will take them out, but I’m not afraid to talk about it. I’m not afraid to show it on social media.”
Other models and actresses have shared similar images of their “bodily imperfections,” encouraging others to embrace their bodies and work towards loving themselves. In particular, Jameela Jamil has been outspoken about her journey towards self-acceptance.
Back in April, Jamil posted an image of her stretch marks on Instagram, writing, “I have stretch marks all over my body and I hereby rename them all Babe Marks.”
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Boob stretch marks are a normal, beautiful thing. I have stretch marks all over my body and I hereby rename them all Babe Marks. They are a sign my body dared to take up extra space in a society that demands our eternal thinness. They are my badge of honour for resisting society’s weaponizing of the female form. ❤️ ps. My face is white because I wear spf 100 sunscreen like a boss. ? PS. LOVE YOUR BROWN SKIN. I tan responsibly but I love to tan! I love to embrace and celebrate my heritage. This skin bleaching and whitening should be banned. It’s inherently racist, classist and emotionally very damaging. #brownandproud
“They are my badge of honor for resisting society’s weaponizing of the female form.”