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Ashley Graham

The plus-size model, mom and body-positivity advocate kept it very, very real through her first year of motherhood.

By Today's Parent
Ashley Graham

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Name: Ashley Graham Best known for: Plus-size model and body-positivity advocate Social media: @ashleygraham on Instagram and @ashleygraham on Twitter

When the 32-year-old Sports Illustrated model and body-positivity advocate announced she was pregnant last year, we knew she’d be open about her journey—and she did not disappoint. To her 11 million Instagram followers, Graham’s given nothing but raw, unedited motherhood. She has celebrated the beauty of breastfeeding (alongside the less glamorous life of pumping), showed off her stretch marks, talked about wearing postpartum diapers and cleaned up a poop explosion on the floor of her local Staples. And she’s done it all while paying no mind to the criticism that followed. In an interview with Kristen Bell this summer, she vowed to put an end to mom-shaming, admitting that she, too, has had to tell herself to “keep your trap shut and just let that mother figure it out.” Simply put, Graham has served up a healthy dose of real that we can’t get enough of.

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