Pregnant Ashley Graham is praised over nude selfie showing stretch marks

Pregnant Ashley Graham is praised over nude selfie showing stretch marks

Ashley Graham has always been praised for keeping it real. From challenging ideals to blazing a trail for plus-size models, Graham has made sure to use her platform to advocate the body positivity social movement.

In 2016, Graham became a role model for people everywhere when she spoke out about self-love, telling Glamour: "I hope [people] look in the mirror and say, 'I am beautiful.' When you do that, it’s a whole other ball game—you start to understand that your words have power."

And on Wednesday, the model and her husband Justin Ervin announced that they are pregnant with their first child - opening an entirely new chapter for the star.

Check out their adorable pregnancy announcement in the video below. It's so cute!

And judging from her recent social media posts, the 31-year-old is taking her health very seriously during this exciting time - sharing a workout video of her "feeling flexible & strong" to her 8.8 million followers on Instagram.

Graham indulges in some yoga and flexibility training. Girl's got form!

But it's not just her physical health she's taking seriously, as Graham recently shared a powerful image of her changing body, along with a very important message.

On Sunday, the model shared a naked selfie, taken just below her neck, and shows part of her breast, arm, side, stomach, and thigh, along with some gorgeous stretch marks.

The model captioned the image: "same same but a little different", and after showcasing her stunning pregnant body in all its natural glory, the legions of fans showers the candid nude selfie with praise:

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Credit: Instagram

Instagram user maceyjflo, who said: "I’m such a wimp. I’m pregnant, hormonal, and going [through] so many body changes. This made me tear up. I really needed this today."

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Whereas user 17bravo_sierra76 excited typed that she cannot wait for Graham to become a mom: "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."

Here's to a healthy and happy pregnancy for Ashley and Justin. We can't wait for all the important life lessons to come!