'I felt so isolated': Ashley Graham cries while talking about pregnancy body image

Photo: Instagram / Ashley Graham
Photo: Instagram / Ashley Graham 

Ashley Graham is a true role model when it comes to promoting a healthy body image and inspiring women to embrace their curves.

After giving birth to twins, mum-of-four, Taylor Hoit, was struggling with body confidence. Inspired by the supermodel's raw pregnancy selfie, Ms Hoit posted her own photo of her postpartum belly - and tagged Graham on Instagram.

It lead to an emotional meeting between the pair on Graham's successful digital series Fearless with Ashley Graham and a candid conversation about pregnancy, motherhood - and self-love.

Photo: Fearless preview / YouTube
Photo: Fearless preview / YouTube 

"I wanted to be like, Hey, I have to do something for me and for my daughters to show them you don't have to get your body back because your body was never lost. It just changed and just love it and I'm still trying to work through loving it," Ms Hoit says of the photo she posted 10 weeks after giving birth. 

Her confession prompts 32-year-old Graham to tearfully share the story behind the viral photo of her stretch marks, which won fans and drew praise around the world.


same same but a little different

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"The reason I had posted that original photo—I had just announced that I was pregnant. I thought then I was gonna feel good and I didn't. I just felt terrible and that morning...that morning I really thought to myself ... I was like, get it together Ashley—there's other women out there that are going through the same thing as you. Why don't you have a dialogue with them?" she said.

"This is a new body that I'm walking into...Why don't I just put myself out there with this new body?" I felt so isolated. I felt so alone...So, it's like I've had to come into this new world of body confidence."


Graham also had a powerful message for Ms Hoit: "It's you who inspired me," she says. "I want you to remember that for when the next time you look at your body, next time you see your scar, next time you see your tummy and you think, 'God, I feel so alone. God, I feel so ugly. God, when's my body gonna bounce back?' None of that matters, right?"

As if the episode couldn't get even more emotional - it ends with a proposal.

Grab the tissues - you'll need them.


Can’t wait to meet you🖤

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