Ashley Graham shares first photo of baby son

Ashley Graham has taken to social media to share the first photo of her baby son.Last month, the model announced that she had given birth on 18 January in a post on her Instagram Stories, but didn’t divulge any further details. However, Ashley offered…

Ashley Graham has taken to social media to share the first photo of her baby son.

Last month, the model announced that she had given birth on 18 January in a post on her Instagram Stories, but didn’t divulge any further details.

However, Ashley offered her fans an update on Tuesday by posting two black-and-white snaps on Instagram – with each one showing the baby’s hand holding his parents’ fingers.

“At 6:00PM on 01/18/2020, we welcomed 7lbs 5oz of love into our world,” she wrote in the caption. “Meeting our son has made our hearts incredibly full.”

Ashley added that she and her husband Justin Ervin were looking forward to introducing the tot during an episode of her Pretty Big Deal podcast in the near future.

Accordingly, the 32-year-old’s sweet message quickly garnered lots of attention from her celebrity friends.

“Welcome to the world, little one!” wrote Reese Witherspoon, while Helena Christensen gushed, “So much love to you and Justin and the little baba.”

Karlie Kloss posted, “Congratulations!!!! CANNOT WAIT TO MEET HIM !!!” alongside a string of heart emojis, and Christy Turlington added: “Capricorn. YES. Congratulations, Mama!”

Amber Valletta, Hannah Ferguson, Carolyn Murphy, Taylor Hill, Lily Aldridge, and Lais Ribeiro also shared their best wishes to the couple, though writer Erin Foster took the opportunity to praise Ashley’s manicure.

“Congrats! Also, your fingernail is beautiful. Great nail beds,” she wrote.

Ashley and Justin wed in 2010. The brunette beauty announced her pregnancy in August.

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Ashley Graham shares newborn son’s name

Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin have named their son Isaac Menelik Giovanni Ervin.The model and her husband introduced their new arrival on her podcast Pretty Big Deal on Tuesday, with the couple also explaining the meaning behind his moniker. Justin re…

Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin have named their son Isaac Menelik Giovanni Ervin.

The model and her husband introduced their new arrival on her podcast Pretty Big Deal on Tuesday, with the couple also explaining the meaning behind his moniker.

Justin revealed that he had always loved the name Isaac, while the pair came up with Menelik during their trip to Ethiopia last Christmas.

“Menelik is the first emperor of Ethiopia. It also means son of the wise, and Menelik was the son of Queen Sheba and King Solomon,” said Ashley, while Justin added: “Everything is his name is pointing to legacy. Whether it be Isaac with Abraham Isaac and Jacob, or Menelik being royal African roots.”

The third name was chosen because Ashley and Justin’s grandfathers were both called John, and as a nod to the filmmaker’s Italian heritage.

Elsewhere in the podcast, the 32-year-old revealed she had a completely natural water birth at home on 18 January and welcomed Isaac into the world after six hours of labour.

“I have to say, now that I gave birth and I did it naturally and I felt everything, I feel like there’s nothing I can’t do,” she smiled. “There’s nothing that could come my way where I say, ‘Oh, that’s too hard, I can’t handle that.’ I went through labouring for six hours naturally.”

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Meghan Trainor left ’embarrassed’ by edited waist in music video

Meghan Trainor was left frustrated and embarrassed when her waist was digitally trimmed down in one of her music videos.Back in 2016, the singer took down the video to Me Too when she realised her figure had been heavily altered and demanded the issue …

Meghan Trainor was left frustrated and embarrassed when her waist was digitally trimmed down in one of her music videos.

Back in 2016, the singer took down the video to Me Too when she realised her figure had been heavily altered and demanded the issue be fixed.

In a new interview with model Ashley Graham for her podcast Pretty Big Deal, the Grammy winner opened up about the fall-out from the incident, and insisted that she would never approve of altering her body because she was a “no Photoshop girl”.

“You have no say,” the 26-year-old explained, adding that while she was attentive to the edits of the video, she instantly knew something was wrong when it was released. “I approved a video. It wasn’t that.”

The All About That Bass hitmaker said she originally thought it was fans who had used Photoshop on her waist and confessed that what she saw on the screen “wasn’t human”.

She then insisted that her team take down the video and replace it with the unaltered one, and was left upset about the incident because it contradicted the body positivity messages in her songs, like All About That Bass.

“Of everyone (this could happen to), me? I am the ‘no Photoshop’ girl,” Meghan shared, adding that she was “embarrassed” about the situation.

After former Sports Illustrated beauty Ashley complained about the times she had explicitly told photographers on photoshoots not to retouch her body, only for them to ignore her demands, Meghan said she was unnerved by the experience of being altered without her permission.

“It’s so frustrating,” she sighed.

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Ashley Graham candidly discusses depression during pregnancy

Ashley Graham and Shay Mitchell have candidly spoken about their struggles with depression during pregnancy.The model is expecting her first child, a son, with husband Justin Ervin later this month, while Pretty Little Liars star Shay welcomed her daug…

Ashley Graham and Shay Mitchell have candidly spoken about their struggles with depression during pregnancy.

The model is expecting her first child, a son, with husband Justin Ervin later this month, while Pretty Little Liars star Shay welcomed her daughter Atlas Noa with boyfriend Matte Babel back in October.

The pair recently took part in a discussion about the highs and lows of pregnancy during an episode of Ashley’s podcast Pretty Big Deal, and the 32-year-old confessed she could’ve been dealing with a form of prenatal depression.

“I want to talk about this, because I can’t say definitely that I went through it, but I can say that I might have gone through something like it,” Ashley began, before revealing that she and Justin were surprised by her pregnancy because they weren’t trying for a baby. “Then all of the sudden, my emotions, my mind, my body, things that I always had control over are now totally out of whack. I can’t talk to anybody about it, my husband doesn’t understand but he’s trying to be as supportive as possible. My mom is like, ‘Oh you’ll be fine.’ I think I was spiralling a little bit and I was crying a lot.”

Shay, who had gone through an intense 33-hour labour before little Atlas was born, agreed with Ashley, and revealed she also suffered something similar.

“I mean every single thing that you just said is exactly what I went through,” the actress recalled. “My mom said the same thing, and I’d be crying to her and she’d be like, ‘You’re just emotional, it’s just the hormones.’ And O.K. cool it might be, but you don’t want to hear that. Like, yes, it is. If it is the hormones, I’m still feeling that way. It doesn’t take away from this feeling, and it’s completely isolating.”

Finding common ground in their shared experience, Shay, 32, urged other pregnant women to talk about their feelings with loved ones.

“I heard so much about postpartum which is also a real thing, but I’d never heard about prepartum depression,” she added.

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Dapper Dan was ‘too nervous’ to meet Anna Wintour at Met Gala

Dapper Dan was “too nervous” to meet Anna Wintour at his very first Met Gala.The Harlem-based couturier, real name Daniel Day, is known for pioneering streetwear in the 1980s and making bespoke garments for celebrities. In recent years, Dan has formed …

Dapper Dan was “too nervous” to meet Anna Wintour at his very first Met Gala.

The Harlem-based couturier, real name Daniel Day, is known for pioneering streetwear in the 1980s and making bespoke garments for celebrities.

In recent years, Dan has formed a partnership with bosses at Gucci, and was thrilled when he was invited to attend the prestigious fashion event with the team in 2018 – though he was disappointed not to meet two style icons at the bash.

“The Met sealed the deal for me in terms of fashion,” he said during a chat with Ashley Graham for her Pretty Big Deal podcast. “There was two people I wanted to meet. (Fashion journalist) Andre Leon Talley and, of course, the queen (U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief) Anna Wintour. If I could be acknowledged by the king and queen, that seals the deal. I messed up the first time, I was so nervous I didn’t walk through the right door – I didn’t get to shake her hand!”

Dan, who went on to indicate that he did get to introduce himself to Wintour at the 2019 Met Gala, explained that he was happy to have the support of Graham because he was not used to being in such a star-studded environment.

“You called me from the party, made sure I was alright. I was in a strange land,” the 75-year-old recalled. “I’m standing there and it’s just me, Marco Bizzarri – the CEO of Gucci – and that’s a big deal for me. And so, I’m looking around, the Kardashians are back there, Madonna’s over there, and I’m (thinking), ‘Wait a minute, am I in the right line?’ I couldn’t believe what was happening. It was a very big deal.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Graham thanked Dan for allowing her to have a hands-on approach when co-designing her look for this year’s event. And the veteran trendsetter insisted that he has always had the same viewpoint when it comes to collaborating.

“I see fashion as primarily something that’s transformative. Not just transformative coming from me, but to be able to transform people that I dress,” he smiled.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley ‘redefined her identity’ after becoming a parent

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley had to “redefine her identity” after welcoming her son in 2017.The British model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having fronted campaigns for the likes of Burberry, Jimmy Choo, and Marks & Spence…

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley had to “redefine her identity” after welcoming her son in 2017.

The British model is one of the most sought-after names in the fashion industry, having fronted campaigns for the likes of Burberry, Jimmy Choo, and Marks & Spencer.

However, Rosie discovered that she had to reassess all aspects of her life after giving birth to baby boy Jack, whom she shares with her actor fiance Jason Statham.

“I don’t think I was prepared in any way for the emotional side of becoming a mother. I’d never really been around babies before, I knew it was time to start a family, and I knew I had this inkling in me that I wanted to have a baby, but the maternal instinct never really kicked in until I gave birth. It was incredibly overwhelming on so many different levels because here I am with this newborn baby that I had an overwhelming sense of love for and it is a huge identity shift,” she said during an interview for Ashley Graham’s Pretty Big Deal podcast. “And so that first year, for me, was a mix of pure joy, a lot of anxiety, learning as I went, redefining my identity to myself, to my partner, to my work, to my son. It’s a very intimate kind of personal experience. And really beautiful because I feel like I’ve evolved and grown so much. And there’s nothing that comes close to how proud I feel of him. I could stare at him all day long.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Ashley, who is currently expecting her first child with husband Justin Ervin, also asked Rosie how she made the decision not show Jack’s face in public or on social media, and the blonde beauty insisted it was a “no-brainer”.

“I just always felt really strongly that it should be Jack’s decision if he wants to live a public life. I just dread the idea of him turning around to me at 15, 16 and being like, ‘You and dad didn’t protect me, you w**red me out.’ It should be his choice. I want him to feel normal,” the 38-year-old explained.

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Ashley Graham finds podcast ‘incredibly liberating’

Ashley Graham finds her Pretty Big Deal podcast “incredibly liberating” because she has complete control over it. The model launched the podcast, in which she has candid conversations with celebrity guests, in October 2018, and she dropped the second …

Ashley Graham finds her Pretty Big Deal podcast “incredibly liberating” because she has complete control over it.

The model launched the podcast, in which she has candid conversations with celebrity guests, in October 2018, and she dropped the second season, which has now expanded to become weekly episodes, in November.

In an interview with Time, the curvy star, who is currently pregnant with her first child, said the podcast was more liberating than modelling because she can make sure she is 100 per cent herself.

“With this podcast, I have full control. I own the narrative, and I think that there’s something incredibly liberating about that,” she shared. “When it comes to fashion, I’m literally giving up my body and face to a company or to a magazine, who could edit me and in Pretty Big Deal, I’m unedited.”

The 32-year-old explained that it was important to her to show her authentic self and open up about personal issues on the podcast, as well as to make her guests feel comfortable so they’re more likely to have an honest conversation.

“It’s important to me to show up to the job the way I am as a person; I don’t have a persona, I don’t change who I am and I want people to feel comfortable,” Ashley stated. “I ask the questions that you at home want to know, I ask the questions that are to the point.

“I put myself on the line, I talk about feeling insecure about my body and my ups and downs with food and men, family, it runs the gamut and I think that people know when they’re coming down and sitting on my couch, it’s about truth and honesty.”

So far this season, Ashley has spoken to the likes of Emily Ratajkowski, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Arianna Huffington. She has pre-recorded episodes to cover her maternity leave after she gives birth to her son in January.

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Paloma Elsesser pleased she waited to undergo breast reduction

Paloma Elsesser is pleased she waited a few years before finally deciding to undergo a breast reduction.The curvy model was discovered on Instagram by make-up artist Pat McGrath and has since gone on to pose for the likes of Nike, Fenty Beauty, and U.S…

Paloma Elsesser is pleased she waited a few years before finally deciding to undergo a breast reduction.

The curvy model was discovered on Instagram by make-up artist Pat McGrath and has since gone on to pose for the likes of Nike, Fenty Beauty, and U.S. Vogue.

But in an interview with Ashley Graham for her Pretty Big Deal podcast, Paloma shared how she has long felt insecure about her breasts, and is thrilled with the results following a recent reduction procedure.

“I got a very minor breast reduction but (also a breast) lift – I reduced one (breast). It was a very crazy experience. Mainly they were (saggy) and had some severe asymmetry. I kind of developed breasts really early, and not to say that I’ve been extremely thin, but I’ve fluctuated a lot in my life, as a lot of us have. I would make leaps and bounds about other parts of my body… (but) this was the one part of my body that I still felt shame around,” the 27-year-old explained. “I’m happy I didn’t do them when I had first gotten my first cheque. Because at first, I was like, ‘I’m going to do it!’ but I still felt it would have been a reaction or reflection of how men received me or how the industry received me. So, I’m happy I did it now, at 27, when I’ve (been in) a committed loving, holistic, honest relationship for almost five years. (My boyfriend) loves me unchanged.”

Paloma concluded by noting that her career has not been impacted by the surgery, but she does feel much freer.

“I wanted to be able to move in the world and not go to work with three different bras and have to tape my boobs up every day,” she smiled. “It’s never perfect, but I definitely feel grateful it’s not something that dictates how I feel every day.”

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Emily Ratajkowski wants to follow in Kathy Ireland’s entrepreneurial footsteps

Emily Ratajkowski is greatly inspired by Kathy Ireland’s success in the business world.The model launched swimwear label Inamorata in 2017 and has since expanded the brand to include clothing, lingerie, and sleepwear. Regarding her plans for the compa…

Emily Ratajkowski is greatly inspired by Kathy Ireland’s success in the business world.

The model launched swimwear label Inamorata in 2017 and has since expanded the brand to include clothing, lingerie, and sleepwear.

Regarding her plans for the company, Emily explained during an interview with Ashley Graham for her Pretty Big Deal podcast that she wants to emulate Sports Illustrated model-turned-businesswoman Kathy’s achievements.

“I educated myself, this was six months ago, and I kind of got obsessed with (Kathy) and her story… she just wanted to work! Modelling is a great way to make some money to do other things, and that’s where my head was always at,” she said. “(It’s) just so cool to see how she has turned this thing that could’ve been very simple… Put the (modelling) money into her bank account or whatever and built this huge, huge billion-dollar business.”

Kathy founded Kathy Ireland Worldwide in 1993, with the company now offering home and office goods, fashion, accessories, pet products, among many other items.

Elsewhere in the chat, Emily noted her Inamorata brand is self-funded and has “been in the green” since day one. And while she comes from an arts rather than business background, she put in hours of research before opening up shop.

“I just asked (people), I used whatever resources I had, my friend’s brother-in-law, other women entrepreneurs I knew, I also looked at businesses I had modelled for and I was like, ‘How did they work this? How did they do this? What’s this person’s job? Why are they doing that? How did they expand? What makes this brand really work?'” the 28-year-old recalled. “I did a lot of research… and then, trial and error.”

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Emily Ratajkowski has ‘complicated relationship’ with sex symbol status

Emily Ratajkowski has admitted she has a “complicated relationship” with her sex symbol status.The model/actress is an advocate for body positivity and empowering women to love their bodies, and regularly posts nearly nude snaps of herself on Instagram…

Emily Ratajkowski has admitted she has a “complicated relationship” with her sex symbol status.

The model/actress is an advocate for body positivity and empowering women to love their bodies, and regularly posts nearly nude snaps of herself on Instagram.

Emily opened up about her complex feelings on the topic during a recent interview with Ashley Graham for her podcast Pretty Big Deal, and revealed she wants people to see past her good looks.

When asked by fellow model Ashley if she’s ever used sexiness as a superpower, or ever felt like it hurt her, she replied: “Both.”

“I think that I have a really complicated relationship to being sexy. I think that I have definitely found incredible power in it – just for myself. Like being empowered for myself. I’m not talking about power in like how much money I made or my career. I mean, like, in feeling good and powerful in my body. I’ve definitely been able to do that,” the 28-year-old continued. “I also think there’s another side of me that’s like every woman, where it’s like I’m so much more than just that.”

Ashley sympathised and said she could “relate to “being put in this box”.

“When you’re put in a box in fashion, you stay in that box and it’s hard to put us in an editorial light or a business light,” she added.

Emily has previously spoken out about how her looks have affected the roles she’s offered in Hollywood and vented her frustration at often not even being considered for serious characters.

“If you’re a sexy actress it’s hard to get serious roles. You get offered the same thing that they’ve seen you in. People are like sheep and they’re like ‘Oh, that’s what she does well,'” she told ES Magazine in 2016.

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