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Ashley Graham: Why I chose not to retouch my stretch marks in bikini photos

Role model alert! Ashley Graham opened up about her decision to show her true body in the new campaign for her partnership with Swimsuits for All.

In the photos, shot by husband Justin Ervin, the model, 32, poses in a printed bikini with her stretch marks proudly in the front and center. There is always a question, “What do you want us to retouch and what do you want us to get out of it?” “And I said,” Nothing, except a clip that blocks the DIY background, “she said. People on Wednesday, July 29. “I want everyone to really know … I want people to see who I am because everyone has a story.”

Graham hopes her own self-acceptance will drop out on others. “Many of the women I speak to have image problems, body confidence issues,” she explained. “I want them to understand that we all have things that society has told us to cover up, and why should we do that? So here I am with mine and proud. ”

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Born Nebraska, who welcomed son Isaac in January, revealed she needed to come to terms with her new physique after giving birth. “It looks so simple and beautiful, but powerful. I have more weight on me. I have stretch marks and at the beginning I really had to talk to myself a lot and say to myself, “Okay, new body, new mentality,” she recalled. “But after this photo shoot, I felt so strong because I thought,” Yes. I look good. I feel fine. This is my new mom. ”

Graham shared more details about the campaign on her Instagram account. “Some things I love: a cute bathing suit and a backyard photo shoot with the family!” she wrote Wednesday. “We’ve had that [a] great time to make the most of this summer in Nebraska and with these suits I feel great for my first summer as a mom! ”

Earlier this month, the American beauty star host shared intimate photos of her breastfeeding son. She captioned the post from Saturday, July 25, “After poolside chilaxin.”

Graham and Ervin, 31, previously worked together for her Harper’s Bazaar UK July 2020 cover shoot. She modeled for the filmmaker while her other family members joined in to help while quarantined together on their Nebraska ranch during the coronavirus pandemic.

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