AceShowbiz - Pregnancy didn't just bring joy to Ashley Graham but also the feeling of loneliness. The season 24 judge of "America's Next Top Model" recently opened up about how she really felt as she started to lose control over her body during pregnancy with her first child.
Landing her first solo Vogue cover for its January 2020 edition, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model spilled in the featured interview about the struggles that come along with her growing baby bump. "I felt like I didn't have anyone to talk to," she confessed. "I was gaining weight rapidly. And I felt alone."
During the discussion, the plus-size model acknowledged that the insecurities flared up because she has "always had control" over her body. "When everyone else wanted to dictate what it should be, I took full control over it - but I had this life inside of me saying, 'It's not yours anymore, it's mine.' And you have to just succumb," she elaborated.
Fortunately for Graham, things took turn for the better when she listened to her stylist's advice to make pregnant friends. Since then, she found "this camaraderie" from "a secret society that I didn't know about," gushing further that now she has "nine pregnant friends." She also found supports from other A-list mothers, including Kim Kardashian, Serena Williams and Amy Schumer.
Fellow mothers were not the only support system Graham had during her pregnancy. When sharing a snap from the magazine's photoshoot on Instagram, she credited her husband Justin Ervin for "supporting [her] ALWAYS from day one."
"When I look at this picture, I get so emotional because this moment feels bigger than me. It's indicative of our entire relationship," the 32-year-old explained in the caption of the post. "I'm overwhelmed with so much joy and filled with such gratitude that we are doing this together."
Graham was not the only model struggling with body image because of her pregnancy. In early December, fellow model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley spoke about her battle to regain her pre-baby body. "I will say working out in the gym and looking back at myself and feeling like s**t, I was like, now I understand how hard it is for some people to get to the gym," she confessed at the time.