Former cover star Ashley Graham has never been one to shy away from having a frank conversation – you only have to look to her YouTube series, Pretty Big Deal, for confirmation. Since giving birth to her first child, Isaac Menelik Giovanni Ervin in January, she’s continued to focus such conversations around the realities of new motherhood.
In her latest Instagram post, the model captured the reality of having to change her son’s nappy without a toilet nearby. “Sh*t just got real!” she wrote, while sharing a photo of her crouched down in the middle of a store aisle trying to make a quick change. “First diaper blow up while running errands with no restroom in sight! Thank God I remembered to put the changing mat in the diaper bag!”
The new mother has also spoken of the unexpected changes her body has had to adapt to. “Raise your hand if you didn’t know you’d be changing your own diapers too?” she asked while sharing a bathroom selfie. “After all these years in fashion I never could’ve guessed that disposable underwear would be my favorite piece of clothing, but here we are! No one talks about the recovery and healing (yes, even the messy parts) new mums go through. I wanted to show you guys that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies!”
And she’s made no secret of another body change that she’s also had to embrace: stretch marks. Taking to Instagram, she shared a photo of her stomach with the caption: “Same me. Few new stories.”
Graham has also brilliantly made a dent in tackling the taboo of breastfeeding in public spaces. While in the back of an Uber in New York, she shared a video of her breast pumping during the journey. “[I] used to answer emails on my Uber rides, now I pump before my breasts explode,” she wrote. She has since shared snaps while breastfeeding in coffee shops and from her bed, too.
Graham, and her husband Justin Ervin, also want us to know that they are really tired because looking after a six-week old baby is not easy. And neither is motherhood. Period.
Originally published on Vogue.co.uk