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Ashley Graham Says Serena Williams, Kim K and Amy Schumer Gave Her Messy Scoop on Pregnancy, Childbirth and Beyond

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First-time mom-to-be Ashley Graham covers the January 2020 edition of VOGUE, photographed by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.

The Sports Illustrated cover model shared a photo of the cover of her draped in a gold down cradling her bump. A second photo she shared featured Graham with her husband Justin Ervin bare-chested standing behind his wife cradling her belly on a beach.

Draped in gilded “Oscar de la Renta” caftan, the model looks radiant in her first solo cover for the U.S. edition of the fashion publication.

Inside the mag, Graham discusses social media’s “baby bump” obsession), what her mom pals Kim Kardashian, Amy Schumer and Serena Williams taught her about motherhood and her struggle to find support during this complete life change.

“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,‘” says Graham. “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.”

“When I look at this picture, I get so emotional because this moment feels bigger than me,” she captioned the post. “It’s indicative of our entire relationship – my husband @mrjustinervin supporting me ALWAYS from day one.”

The model continues, “I’m overwhelmed with so much joy and filled with such gratitude that we are doing this together 🖤 Thank You Thank You Thank You.”

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A VOGUE COVER!!! — celebrating inclusivity, mothers, pregnancy and love —  is so surreal. I have dreamed of this moment my entire career since I was a catalogue model living in Nebraska two decades ago. Thank you @voguemagazine and #AnnaWintour for embracing a conversation around pregnancy and motherhood, which can be both incredibly exciting and also isolating. The community and support I have discovered along the way has been incredible, and to share this monumental moment with my son and husband in the pages of Vogue could not feel more special. @annieleibovitz, you made me feel like a true pregnant goddess 🤗 Photographer: @annieleibovitz Fashion Editor: @tonnegood Makeup: @hannah_murray1 Hair: @sallyhershberger Bookings Director: @felicitybwebb Writer: @jonathanvanmeter

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Readers in New York City and Los Angeles, California can nab a copy of the January 2020 issue today and nationwide on Dec. 17. To see more photos from Graham’s photo shoot, styled by fashion editor Tonne Goodman, and to read her full interview, visit Vogue.com.

My fave part is about Williams who parrots everything chronicled on this blog. Woot! Yes sis!:

“Serena Williams wonders if it all started with Demi Moore on the cover of Vanity Fair in 1991, naked and pregnant, shocking all the squeamish prudes and church ladies. “I was only 10 at the time,” says Williams, “but I remember thinking that was cool.” Ten years later, when Us Weekly focused its attention on questionable gossip and paparazzi shots of actresses pumping gas in Beverly Hills, the whole bizarro obsession with the “baby bump” took off. Tabloid copycats escalated their pursuit of the possibly pregnant, raising it to the level of stalking. One afternoon of bloat while leaving The Ivy and suddenly: IS JENNIFER PREGNANT? And then social media came along and women began to own their narrative by curating the journey of getting and being pregnant and giving birth and bouncing back—or not.

“I think it’s a good thing,” says Williams, “but it also puts a lot of pressure on women. For me, the whole lie about ‘the snap back’ was what bothered me. I had a little problem with the lies of girls on Instagram—like, coming out of the hospital holding the baby and . . . you know . . . looking thinner than before. That’s not happening to me! That’s one thing I’ve learned, and the thing I tell Ashley: Everybody—literally every body—is different. You might jump back in an hour. I didn’t.”

Inside Ashley Graham’s Tattoos and Piercings Baby Shower

It looks like celebrities are going more and more unconventional at their baby showers (see Kim K’s CBD Shower and Shay Mitchell‘s strip club shower for example)

Model Ashely Graham and her husband celebrating the upcoming birth of their first child together at a baby shower being described as “non traditional” because it included ear piercing, tattoo application and manicure stations.

The event took place at The Foundry in New York City which fans got a sneak peek at via guests like celebrity doula and lifestyle guru Lathan Thomas who posted photos and  videos on her Instagram page and stories:

“This shower was so ? @kissthedeejay was on the 1s and 2s, you could get tattoos, ear piercings and decorate baby onesies that are being donated to families in need,” Thomas wrote on Instagram. “I was too chicken to get a tat or another ear piercing ?@Fridamom made a custom labor and delivery kit for Ashley – so adorable!!!!”

 

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Mama Glow – So happy for @ashleygraham and papa Justin!!! If you caught her on @theellenshow this week she announced that she is having a BABY BOY! ?? He’s coming soon!!! In the meantime Ashley’s podcast is about to drop next week and her fitness series is here. She’s getting so much done so she can relish her maternity leave! Salute to her entire team for how well they have supported her throughout this pregnancy. This baby is coming into the world with so much love. Your community really loves you and it’s so beautiful to see everyone come together in the name of love, new life, new beginnings. I’m so proud of you Ashley and Justin. You’re going to be amazing parents. Bless you and your budding family. _ P.S. this shower was so ? @kissthedeejay was on the 1s and 2s, you could get tattoos, ear piercings and decorate baby onesies that are being donated to families in need. I was too chicken to get a tat or another ear piercing ?@Fridamom made a custom labor and delivery kit for Ashley – so adorable!!!! #mamaglow #doula #ashleygraham #babyboy #babyshower #family #fridamom

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As reported by PEOPLE, the event featured traditional elements like “It’s a mom!” balloons and signs, cupcakes, candy and other usual baby shower fare.

Graham reportedly told guests in a toast that the event was  “bigger than our wedding”.

“If you haven’t gotten your ears pierced or a tattoo, you have to do that.” the plus size Victoria Secret model gushed. “There’s so much food, there’s a big cake that’s bigger than the one at our wedding.”

Fun!

Bump Watch: Ashley Graham, Cassie, Keke Wyatt {Links}

Here is a round up of the latest bump news.

Veteran actor Richard Gere and his wife  Alejandra Silva are expecting their second child together just nine months after welcoming their first, son Alexander this past February. The 70-year old star is also dad to 19-year old son Homer  who he shares with his ex-wife Carey Lowell  and 36-year old Silva is mom to 6-year son Albert with her ex-husband, Govind Friedland. (US Weekly)

Model Ashley Graham showed off her radiant pregnancy glow while attending the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in New York City on Monday (PEOPLE)

Actress, singer and model Cassie Ventura is among a bevy of big names that are featured in global fashion brand Open Ceremony’s latest philanthropy-related clothing campaign.

In a post dedicated to Cassie’s shot featuring her baby bump, the singer writes, “My current project is becoming a mother and I can’t wait to experience the transformation that comes through motherhood, especially in creating new music and visuals. I’m an artist at heart. Like every woman, I’ve gone through many significant transitions in life that have taught me so much about myself and the woman that I want to become. I’m focused on becoming.”  (Billboard)

 

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Cassie (@cassie) is a singer, actress and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. “My current project is becoming a mother and I can’t wait to experience the transformation that comes through motherhood, especially in creating new music and visuals. I’m an artist at heart,” she says. “Like every woman, I’ve gone through many significant transitions in life that have taught me so much about myself and the woman that I want to become. I’m focused on becoming.” . . Cassie is featured in our latest project, “The Familia: A Portrait Series” by Stefan Ruiz. To learn more and to view the full cast, click the link in bio. Creative Director: @humberto Photographer: @stefanruizphoto Stylist: @maxortegag Hair: @evaniefrausto Makeup: @marcelogutierrez Manicure: @betina_goldstein for @essie Set design: @daviddavisdoesdallas

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Keke Wyatt celebrated the upcoming birth of her 10th child at a co-ed baby shower (BCK Online)

Celeb Halloween: Ashley Graham’s Jessica Rabbit and Others

First-time mom-to-be Model Ashley Graham got into the Halloween spirit early this year dressing as Jessica Rabbit for a costume party her and hubby, director Justin Ervin, attended.

He was dressed as wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage.

Other celeb moms took to Instagram to show off their Halloween costumes including:

Actress Gabrielle Union who donned her costume from her breakout role in the pop cult classic movie Bring It On and dressed her daughter Kaavia James in a miniature version of the same.

Cardi B dressed as a sexy nurse.

Jessica Biel dressed as her husband Justin Timberlake with friends as his 90s boy band Nsync. He dressed as the mic. Creative!

Not a mom yet, but Nicki Minaj and her brand new hubby Kenneth “Zoo” Petty dressed as Harley Quinn and The Joker.

 

 

 

NYFW: Pregnant Ashley Graham Runway and Front Row Styles

 

Model and first-time mom-to-be Ashley Graham has been taking New York Fashion Week by storm on the Front Row of some of the hottest shows in town and on the runway herself.

The Victoria Secret cover model was spotted in a sizzling PVC latex dress by Vex Clothing, cradling her bump while modeling a black and white shirt dress, wide brim black hat and polka dot scarg at the Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya show, in  a 1950s style polka-dot dress at the Christian Siriano show and in a custom 16 Arlington gown while attending the Harper’s BAZAAR celebrates ‘ICONS By Carine Roitfeld‘ party in New York.

Graham and her husband Justin Ervin are expecting a baby girl later this year.

 

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Model Ashley Graham Is Expecting Her First Child

Congrats to model Ashley Graham who is expecting her first child with her Filmmaker and movie Director husband of 9 years, Justin Ervin.

The Victoria Secret cover model, best known for her curvaceous figure, shared the news on her Instagram on the couple’s wedding anniversary date.

It starts out close up and pans out to Graham in a bump-hugging green dress revealing the news that she is pregnant and very much so because her belly is protruding.

“Nine years ago today, I married the love of my life,” Graham captioned the touching video. “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. ?”

 

Ervin shared his own slide show of images on his account too including one of them both holding up an ultrasound.

“To my forever love and my daily inspiration,” he wrote. “Happy anniversary @ashleygraham These 9 years have played out like a lifetime. I guess it’s because my life really started once you came into it. Now that we’ve made a life together, let’s make a life together. I love you and I love us. All of us…”

Congrats!

 

NBC, ABC reject Ashley Graham Lane Bryant Ad featuring Breastfeeding, Plus Sized Models

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Yup! You may have seen Victoria Secret ads plenty air on any given broadcast network, but if an advertiser includes too much flesh of plus-sized women in an ad like how Lane Bryant recently did, then you won’t see it because it will be banned.

According to Lane Bryant,  because of the nudity of the models in its ad, ABC and NBC rejected the retailer’s “This Body” advertisement, which includes plus-size modeling ‘it girl’ Ashley Graham, and  celebrates body acceptance.

The ad also featured a woman breastfeeding her baby. Yay! Bravo! Breastfeeding acceptance too…only  too bad it may never see the light of day.

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And if you watch closely (see ad below), you’ll notice that there are no nipples or other personal intimate body parts shown.  Consider also that the love scene of an average soap opera that airs in the middle of the day on both networks could reveal the same amount of flesh. And when it is shown on a soap, it’s usually of a couple in bed after or before having sex.

A rep from NBC on Thursday denied the network had outright “rejected” the ad, NY Daily News reported.

“As part of the normal advertising standards process, we reviewed a rough cut of the ad and asked for minor edits to comply with broadcast indecency guidelines,” NBC told the site. “The ad was not rejected and we welcome the updated creative.”

Indecent? Hmmm

A rep for Lane Bryant told NY Daily News that  “as is” the ad is banned but it is currently deciding whether to re-submit it for consideration.

“I don’t think these models are any more nude than any other models we’ve seen on TV,” the rep said. “This was not a hard-hitting conversation about body positivity. This was a playful way to engage our women and all women.”

ABC declined to comment. That network has aired the Victoria’s Secret fashion show even though CBS has too and owns the rights to the show, Refinery29 adds.   All of the networks have approved spots for Vicky Sec like this one, the fashion site pointed out.

Yet in 2010, ABC  and FOX banned a Lane Bryant ad featuring curvy plus-size women in lingerie.  You have to admit, it smells a bit like hypocrisy or a double standard.

“Victoria’s Secret commercials are airing all throughout the day, but when it comes to a Lane Bryant commercial, we have a little bit of extra, you know, overflowing, and then everybody freaks out,”Graham told CBS News at the time.

h/t I am Not the Babysitter

Celebrity First Mother’s Day 2020



A few celebrity women who became mothers for the first time over the past year celebrated their First Mother’s Day  this Sunday!

Many of them or their partners took to Instgram and other forms of social media to share their joy at being able to partake in the annual holiday in the United States paying homage to mom!

Ashley Graham

Malika Haqq

Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi

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❤My 1st Mother's Day❤

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Rachel Bloom

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My body made her bones What the fuck

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Shay Mitchell

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the new, sleep deprived moms. To all the newish moms who are finally getting their bearings and adjusting to a new normal. To all the moms of multiples. To all the working moms. To all the single moms. To all the moms of rainbow babies. To the moms who have lost children. To those with difficult relationships with theIr moms. To mother figures in the absence of children. To all the women who are moms in their hearts but their bodies aren’t cooperating. To anyone who woke-up this morning with a pang of sadness because they no longer have their mom here. And let’s not forget the moms who are totally content with fur babies, or nothing to take care of at all. Wherever you are in this relationship, celebrate that today.💕

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Benji Madden, Cameron Diaz’s husband, dedicated a post to her

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Best Wishes for All the Mother’s, we’re all lucky to have you 💐It’s special day for us this year, Forever grateful to my wife for making me a Father, and taking such good care of us everyday. Best Mom and Wife and Friend. Wether waking up extra early to take care of everyone (3 humans and a dozen animals) or doing all the research and reading to make sure we try our best to be good parents for our daughter, she’s a force of nature and I’m very grateful. 6 years together just get more meaningful and true love each day. What a blessing. For me, I think wise to remind ourselves everyday, when we have a rare special person like this in our life, not to be the foolish person who takes it for granted. Fact is, No matter what happens at work, or what the world thinks/says, Cherish the Mothers and you can’t lose. Everything else you’ll be able to figure out- Happy home is worth more than Gold🙏 Thank G-D for Moms❤️❤️❤️Happy Mother’s Day ❤️🙏❤️🙏❤️🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷❤️❤️❤️😍😍😍😍😍😍

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As did actor Joshua Jackson, Jodie Turner-Smith‘s husband, on her first Mom’s Day

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Dear Jodie, On this most special of mothers days I want to thank you for the being the light that you are. For the the passion with which you threw yourself into nurturing and protecting our child when she was in your womb. For the dedication and will you showed bringing her into the world. I have never witnessed a more powerful being than you through those moments. Thank you for the depth of grace you have found since our daughter has arrived. The commitment that you make look so effortless but I know is anything but. Thank you for making me a father. For trusting me enough to embark on this journey together. I am humbled more and more every day by that. I love you. I love seeing you enter the pantheon of mothers. And I look forward to walking this path by your side as we nurture this little engine of joy you have blessed the world with.

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As did Mike Epps to his wife, Kyra Robinson, a first time mom

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Mental Health Check Ins to Make During and After Pregnancy

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Giving birth to your little one signals a new chapter in your parenthood journey. But in many ways, it’s also a return to getting to know yourself again — this time, through the lens of motherhood.

However, a lot of mothers find it difficult to jump back into their old life, and it’s not just because of the bodily changes (although that does play a huge role). The past nine months have been all about preparing for your baby’s arrival, which means that moments of genuine self-care — where you were only thinking about yourself — were probably few and far between.

Read on below for some tips on how to get yourself back on track after giving birth:

Check in with your mental health

Perhaps the first and most vital tip on this list is to take stock of your mental health. The Office on Women’s Health notes that mood swings are common after giving birth, listing symptoms like irritability, insomnia, and loss of appetite. Having these symptoms last for two weeks or longer may be a sign of postpartum depression, which can make your post-pregnancy adjustment even more difficult. Take a moment to ask yourself how you’re doing, and do yourself a favor and don’t try to shove any negativeness under the rug.

Instead, acknowledge what you’re feeling so you can take actionable steps.

After all, our bodies undergo so much change during pregnancy, but you only really notice the effects after giving birth. And while it’s normal to feel a little insecure about these changes, you should also take the time to celebrate the amazing miracle that your body was able to do.

Pick up a creative hobby

On the subject of celebrating your body’s accomplishments, why not pick up a creative hobby? Whether it’s sketching or collaging baby photos, it’s good to remind yourself that your body can also help you make beautiful artistic pieces. The Spruce’s list of decorative painting techniques shows that painting your wall is not only a creative booster but also a good way to get your body moving.

Sketching or journaling is another way to exercise your creative faculties and reflect on your journey thus far. You can use this time to chronicle how you’re feeling; a good practice could be taking at least five minutes of sketching or journaling time to write down things about yourself that you’re thankful for.

Find your own personal style

The rise of body-positive retailers does away with traditional sizing in order to embrace women’s bodies in all forms, which is great for post-pregnancy moms who are acquainting themselves with their new physical forms. The button-down shirt on Woman Within is made from breathable cotton – in fact, the inclusive brand’s entire range is built around basics that suit any body type. Universal Standard is another brand whose ranges focus on the basics, making it easy to create a capsule wardrobe.

You may have relied on a rotating set of old tees and sweatpants during your pregnancy, but it’s worth taking the time to dress up. Model Ashley Graham has been spotted donning her baby bump in everything from Vex Clothing’s latex dress to a dotted Tommy Hilfiger number, proving that style and mom bodies are a match made in heaven.

Slowly get back into exercise

Whether you’re a seasoned fitness buff or an exercise newbie, postpartum fitness is all about taking it slow and rediscovering how your body likes to move. Going hard right away makes you very susceptible to injuries, and you may also get discouraged if you find that your fitness level has dropped in those nine months. Good Housekeeping suggests swimming as an easy exercise to get into, as you can slowly raise your heart rate by varying up your tempo (but taking it slow provides a good workout, too).

If water sports aren’t your thing, Pilates is another option which can be done anywhere with minimal equipment. There are lots of fitness diagrams and videos built around Pilates and bodyweight exercises, allowing you to take 15-minutes of your day for a quick sweat session.

Meditate

Parenting expert Nancy Bardacke has developed the concept of mindful baby holding. This practice is akin to meditation, where you really zone in and focus on how you and your baby are feeling. Not only does this practice put you in touch with your body, it also helps you form a stronger emotional connection with your baby.

Bardacke emphasizes the importance of your breathing; focusing on slowly inhaling and exhaling to calm your body down. This also makes it easier to tune in with your body and see how it feels to carry your baby, whether you’re sitting down or standing up.

Taking care of yourself after a pregnancy is key to becoming a good parent for your child, as it gives you clear headspace and a positive sense of self-esteem. Being patient with yourself and understanding the changes your body goes through is important, and is something to always keep in mind throughout your post-pregnancy journey.