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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.”

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)

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!