Ashley Graham’s Refreshingly Real Post-Birth Photo Is a Gift to Moms Everywhere

Ashley Graham is continuing to keep it real during her journey as a new mom.

The model and her husband, Justin Ervin, welcomed a son into the world on January 18. Since then, she’s shared a few snaps of her little one, including an intimate pic of her breastfeeding. Yesterday, Ashley uploaded a selfie in a getup familiar to many postpartum moms.

“Raise your hand if you didn’t know you’d be changing your own diapers too.🙋🏻‍♀️ After all these years in fashion I never could’ve guessed that disposable underwear would be my favorite piece of clothing but here we are!” she joked.

In the photo, she appears to be bare-faced with unshaved armpits, wearing a tank top pulled up to reveal her belly.

“No one talks about the recovery and healing (yes, even the messy parts) new moms go through. I wanted to show you guys that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies!” she wrote.

Although she said being a new mom is “tough,” friend and CEO Chelsea Rosen Hirschhorn helped by sending items from her brands, Frida Baby and Frida Mom. In the pic, Ashley seems to be wearing Frida Mom’s disposable postpartum underwear in the boyshort style. Meanwhile their upside down peri bottles are on the counter. Ashley called the stuff “a life saver.”

Ending her post, she added that it’s “unbelievable” that women still face obstacles in talking about what they go through. However, her friend is “making waves and starting honest conversations” with her company. As we reported recently, Frida Mom gained attention when ABC rejected their Oscars Ad because it was deemed “too graphic.”

The model’s followers were delighted with her message, which has gotten over 750,000 likes in under 24 hours.

Actress, entrepreneur and mom Jessica Alba shared a raised-hand emoji.

Whitney Wolfe Herd, the founder and CEO of dating app Bumble, commented too, writing, “I love this post and thank you for sharing, makes all of us postpartum mamas feel not so totally alone 👏🙌❤️😘.”

“Couldn’t have said it better myself… No one told us what happens after birth to our bodies and how we recover! Mothers are warriors. We are resilient and strong. ❤️” replied user catalinasmommy1127.

We’re thrilled Ashley and Chelsea are promoting a more realistic image of new motherhood. Women will feel less alone, and the people in their lives will get a better understanding of what they’re going through. The end goal is cultivating a culture that’s more compassionate to moms. Considering the fact that the U.S. is still the only developed nation without paid parental leave, new moms struggle with re-entering or remaining in the workforce with young kids, and many mothers are shamed for breastfeeding in public, it’s truly needed.

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