Kate Upton felt ‘so much pressure’ breastfeeding newborn daughter

Kate Upton felt “so much pressure” when she first started breastfeeding her daughter.The Sports Illustrated model, who welcomed Genevieve in November 2018 with baseball player husband Justin Verlander, has admitted in a new interview that she found bei…

Kate Upton felt “so much pressure” when she first started breastfeeding her daughter.

The Sports Illustrated model, who welcomed Genevieve in November 2018 with baseball player husband Justin Verlander, has admitted in a new interview that she found being a new mother overwhelming.

The 27-year-old shared her struggles in a cover story for Editorialist magazine, revealing that she felt “so much pressure” as a first-time mother “to be doing all these things, like breastfeeding on the go.”

“The reality, for me, was that breastfeeding was sucking the energy away from me. I realised I needed to calm down, to allow my body to recover,” Kate added.

Despite the difficulties, she insisted motherhood has changed her for the better and has made it a priority to focus on her daughter and limit the amount of time she and husband Justin spend on their phones.

“Having VeVe changed my life in such a wonderful way,” she explained. “I think my husband wants me to throw my phone away. We talk about it in the house all the time: ‘Let’s have a phone-free dinner.’ I want to be enjoying my life, enjoying my family, not constantly trying to take the perfect picture.”

Elsewhere in the interview, The Other Woman star also shared her passion to become a “positive influence” in the modelling industry and do more than just “playing dress up”.

“There’s definitely movement toward being more inclusive, representing a more diverse model, and not having a definition of what a model is anymore,” Kate stated. “But obviously, there’s a lot more that needs to be done.”

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Ashley Graham launches inclusive bridal collection with Pronovias

Ashley Graham has launched an inclusive wedding dress collection with Pronovias.The 32-year-old model has teamed up with the Spanish brand for the 16-piece limited collection, which includes traditional dresses and a tuxedo, and said she was inspired t…

Ashley Graham has launched an inclusive wedding dress collection with Pronovias.

The 32-year-old model has teamed up with the Spanish brand for the 16-piece limited collection, which includes traditional dresses and a tuxedo, and said she was inspired to create inclusive wedding dresses due to her own disappointing experience on her big day back in 2010.

She recalled not having the time to have a custom dress made for her nuptials to Justin Ervin, and had to shop off the rack at a boutique in Nebraska, but had to buy a size 10 (U.K. 12) gown for her size 14 (U.K. 16) frame, meaning she had to have a panel sewn in the back to make it fit.

“I really didn’t get the option of what I truly wanted because I didn’t have the time or the luxury because of my size. And to be completely honest – because of my budget,” Ashley explained to WWD, noting that prices for her Pronovias collection range from $1,000 (£758) up to $3,500 (£2,600).

The pregnant Sports Illustrated model, who is due to give birth any day now, jumped at the chance of teaming up with the famous bridal brand as she wanted to create an empowering collection for women of all ages and sizes, with the pieces also featuring built-in shapewear and bras.

“It’s such an important day for every type of woman who is planning her wedding. It’s beyond a size or a type of woman – it’s really just about her. That’s why I’m so excited there are now sizes from 0 to 34,” she gushed.

And Ashley is pleased that she was given the opportunity to tell her story, and hopes that other women are inspired to not settle for less when it comes to their wedding dress.

“Everything attached to my brand is inclusive. My mission is inclusivity and diversity always,” the activist and presenter stated. “For me, it was just important to tell my story. In telling my story, hopefully that will give other women the courage to tell their story. You are empowered by other women and what they’ve been through.”

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Halima Aden tackles misconceptions about hijabs

Halima Aden has tackled some common misconceptions about hijab wearers.The Somali-American star rose to fame in 2016 when she became the first contestant to wear a burkini and hijab, or veil, in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, and in April 2019, made h…

Halima Aden has tackled some common misconceptions about hijab wearers.

The Somali-American star rose to fame in 2016 when she became the first contestant to wear a burkini and hijab, or veil, in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, and in April 2019, made history when she posed in modest clothing for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue.

Now, in a new interview for the January/February 2020 issue of Essence magazine, Halima explained that wearing a headscarf is just one way for Muslim women to practice modesty.

“Sometimes I think when people think of hijabs they think it has to be a black scarf, it has to be really basic. Just an abaya,” she said in a behind-the-scenes video from her photoshoot, in which she made history as the first black female cover star to wear a hijab for the publication. “So, I want girls to know, whether you wear hijab or not, you can still look modest. Modesty is not just for one specific group of women.”

Halima then went on to note that she hopes her photoshoot with Essence, in which she models an array of colourful outfits, will inspire others to stick to their beliefs.

“I think (this photoshoot) will hopefully inspire the little girls in my community. And hopefully they’ll get the message that you don’t have to change who you are, you don’t have to conform. There’s enough people who are willing to accept you, to work with you, just the way that you are,” the 22-year-old said.

Elsewhere in her chat, Halima insisted she is pleased she wore a burkini during her first beauty pageant, especially in light of officials at seaside towns in France banning this particular kind of swimsuit, amidst ongoing controversy about Islamic dress in public.

“Burkinis were not allowed on public beaches. That is something that affects a lot of women. I wanted to tell girls in my community, ‘If I can wear a burkini onstage alongside women who are walking in bikinis, there is no reason you should opt out of swimming.’ A burkini is just another form of swimsuit,” she added.

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Ashley Graham feeling ‘better than ever’ after gaining 50 pounds during pregnancy

Ashley Graham “doesn’t care” about the weight she’s gained during her pregnancy.The curvy model is expecting her first child, a son, with husband Justin Ervin. Previously, Ashley announced that she is due to give birth in January, and in a post uploade…

Ashley Graham “doesn’t care” about the weight she’s gained during her pregnancy.

The curvy model is expecting her first child, a son, with husband Justin Ervin. Previously, Ashley announced that she is due to give birth in January, and in a post uploaded to Instagram over the weekend, she opened up about her pregnancy journey to date.

“Throughout my pregnancy so far I’ve gained 50 pounds (22 kilograms). And the best part is, I don’t care!” she wrote. “I have never felt better, and I am so thankful that my body and son have allowed me to be as mobile and flexible as I have been.”

Ashley added that she’s been working out, doing yoga, getting acupuncture, and had regular lymphatic massages. Accordingly, she is adamant her routine has paid off.

“I finally feel like I figured out this whole pregnancy thing and how to feel my best,” the 32-year-old shared.

Back in September, Ashley made fashion history by becoming the first pregnant model to walk in a Tommy Hilfiger runway show for the label’s Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya presentation held as part of New York Fashion Week.

The Sports Illustrated beauty has also been candid about the ups and downs of her pregnancy and often updated her social media followers about the ways she has been trying to embrace her changing figure.

Talking about posting an image that showed off her stretch marks on her digital show, Fearless with Ashley Graham, in November, the mother-to-be explained that she had actually been struggling with her “new body”.

“It’s interesting that you say that because the reason why I had posted that original photo, I had just announced that I was pregnant, and I thought then I was going to feel good and I didn’t. I just felt terrible,” she shared.

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Chrissy Teigen resells her clothes and donates money to charity

Chrissy Teigen regularly resells her designer clothes online and donates the money to charity.The model, presenter, and author recently took part in a Q&A on Twitter and invited her 12.1 million followers to ask her any question about her life, work, a…

Chrissy Teigen regularly resells her designer clothes online and donates the money to charity.

The model, presenter, and author recently took part in a Q&A on Twitter and invited her 12.1 million followers to ask her any question about her life, work, and family.

“It’s celebrity question asking time! Ask me, your favourite A-list celebrity anything you would like to know about being a super huge A- list celebrity,” the 34-year-old joked.

“Do you have a million rooms in your house. Also, how many expensive dresses have you worn?” one keen fan asked, with Chrissy giving a surprising answer.

“Every room is very used and occupied. I have worn a lot of expensive things but always have to give them back,” she shared. “Since the babies, I’m not sample size anymore so I buy almost everything I wear and then resell on TheRealReal and donate the (money) to charity.”

The website sells vintage and pre-worn luxury and designer items, such as pieces from Chanel, Balenciaga, and Balmain, and also resells accessories, including fine jewellery.

Elsewhere in the candid Q&A, Chrissy revealed that she misses being able to do “normal” tasks such as visiting the grocery store and confessed that she fights with husband John Legend everywhere.

“I don’t care. John just won’t fight back,” the star quipped.

And when asked by one follower if fame has changed her for the better, Chrissy opened up about her mental health struggles.

“I dunno, honestly. I still see things from every perspective. But I’m also highly anxious and perceptive so it’s kind of hell for my own mind. But also, good? I like that I can help people, but my own self is kind of…stuck?” she replied.

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Ashley Graham uses acupuncture to sculpt her face

Ashley Graham has been using acupuncture to sculpt and contour her face during pregnancy.The curvy model has taken to her Instagram page to share her secret for relieving stress, and in a series of videos, showed fans footage of her undergoing the trea…

Ashley Graham has been using acupuncture to sculpt and contour her face during pregnancy.

The curvy model has taken to her Instagram page to share her secret for relieving stress, and in a series of videos, showed fans footage of her undergoing the treatment.

“We are sculpting into my cheek, into my jawline,” Ashley told her followers in the first video, as acupuncturist Sandra Lanshin, founder of Treatment by Lanshin, tells the camera: “Getting the muscle tension out… And then we’re going to sculpt, sculpt, sculpt.”

In another clip posted on Wednesday, Ashley mimics Santa Claus while the needles are in her neck and jawline.

“Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas!” she laughs. “It’s a needle Christmas.”

And in the last video, Sandra is seen taking out the needles, which makes Ashley briefly bleed in two places on her face.

“Oh well, it’s worth the sculpt,” the 32-year-old joked.

In the caption alongside the videos, Ashley explained that she’s been doing acupuncture throughout her pregnancy.

“I have to say it’s been keeping my body feeling so good! Yesterday, Sandra @treatmentbylanshin did a little face sculpting with the needles and I love the results!” she added.

Ashley is expecting a baby boy with husband Justin Ervin in January. The former America’s Next Top Model judge has regularly shared social media updates with fans throughout her pregnancy journey, and recently posted a naked selfie on Instagram over the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Halima Aden: ‘Hijab wearers use hair products’

Halima Aden is adamant hijab wearers use just as many hair products as other women.The Somali-American star rose to fame in 2016 when she became the first contestant to wear a burkini and hijab, or veil, in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, and in April …

Halima Aden is adamant hijab wearers use just as many hair products as other women.

The Somali-American star rose to fame in 2016 when she became the first contestant to wear a burkini and hijab, or veil, in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, and in April 2019, made history when she posed in modest clothing for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue.

However, in a new video for Allure.com, Halima made a point of addressing the myth that those who wear the hijab don’t worry too much their locks.

“Another thing most people don’t know is, you need a good hairspray. I really like the CHI Enviro 54 Hairspray to hold my hair in place after I put it in a ponytail,” she commented. “A misconception is that hijabis don’t care of their hair, and baby, I have just as many hair products as any other girl.”

Halima went on to explain that she seeks out hydrating formulas for her strands and is a fan of any product containing Moroccan or argan oil. For instance, after a long flight she will use a hair product such as SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque to really revitalise her tresses.

“My hair is very dry. And I wear the hijab, so I need to have a good hair regimen – like my skin,” the 22-year-old shared. “I am obsessed with SheaMoisture. After coming home from a long trip, I drench my hair in this and I leave it on for like 30 minutes. And afterwards, my hair just feels so smooth and back to life.”

To protect her locks, Halima prefers not to use a hairdryer and instead allows her hair to air-dry, and she is passionate about getting her edges just right.

“Another hijabi must-have, or (for) any girl, is edge control. Edge control is absolutely necessary. You have to lay down the baby hairs, I don’t care what hair texture you have, a good edge control is a must-have,” she enthused.

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Chrissy Teigen gets new tattoo inspired by family

Chrissy Teigen has got a new tattoo featuring the birth dates of her loved ones.The 33-year-old model and presenter revealed the ink in a series of photos on Instagram on Thursday after she visited celebrity tattoo artist Daniel Winter, also known as W…

Chrissy Teigen has got a new tattoo featuring the birth dates of her loved ones.

The 33-year-old model and presenter revealed the ink in a series of photos on Instagram on Thursday after she visited celebrity tattoo artist Daniel Winter, also known as Winter Stone.

“Cool mom back at it again with @winterstone!!!!” Teigen wrote alongside the snaps, which included a shot of Stone putting the finishing touches on his work of art.

In the last picture, the Sports Illustrated model unveiled the tattoo, which consists of a line of numbers which denote the date of births of her loved ones – father Ron Teigen, mother Vilailuck Teigen, husband John Legend, their daughter Luna, three, and son Miles, 16 months.

Legend commented on his wife’s post and joked that Teigen had only been inked with the dates so that she could remember them, with him quipping: “The ultimate mnemonic device!”

And this isn’t the first time that she has had a permanent tribute to her family inked on her body.

Back in April, the Lip Sync Battle co-host got matching tattoos with Legend in honour of their two children, with Teigen’s reading, “John – Luna – Miles” and the All of Me hitmaker’s featuring the names, “Chrissy – Luna – Miles.”

“Hey guys please don’t talk to us unless u have tattoos we are a cool tattoo family now and we only want to talk to other tattoo families (srry if this seems harsh)(sic),” Teigen joked on Instagram as she revealed the couple’s sweet gesture.

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Hunter McGrady pushing wedding industry to become more inclusive

Hunter McGrady is making it her mission to push the wedding industry to become more inclusive.The Sports Illustrated model wed fiance Brian Keys in a beautiful ceremony held at Moorpark, California in front of guests including Hailee Steinfeld and Olym…

Hunter McGrady is making it her mission to push the wedding industry to become more inclusive.

The Sports Illustrated model wed fiance Brian Keys in a beautiful ceremony held at Moorpark, California in front of guests including Hailee Steinfeld and Olympian Aly Raisman back in June.

However, during a recent feature for Good Morning America, Hunter shared that she struggled to find a wedding gown that suited her figure before discovering her stunning white lace Watters gown.

“Most of them were too small. They didn’t actually carry the true plus-size stuff, so, you know, they are open in the back and things are hanging off,” she sighed. “The changes I most want to see in wedding fashion is more variety.”

In addition to calling for more size options in bridal, Hunter went on to explain that she wants to put a stop to the idea that brides need to lose weight or change their appearance for their big day.

“Remember that your fiance asked you to marry them as you are,” the 26-year-old emphasised. “No one is looking at how thin you are or how curvy you are. People are looking at your love and that is so inspiring.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Hunter also divulged that she first came across Brian on Snapchat. He followed her for about three months before asking her on a date while he was in New York.

“I said, ‘Add me on Facebook first before – I don’t know what you look like.’ So, he added me and after a little sleuthing, we went to drinks on our first date… it was three days long,” she recalled. “And it was just love at first sight and I knew he was going to be my husband.”

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Ashley Graham praised for showing off stretch marks in empowering photo

Ashley Graham has won praise for sharing an untouched photo of her stretch marks on social media.The model, who announced she is expecting her first child with husband Justin Ervin last week, posted the nude shot of her hips, breasts, and thighs on Ins…

Ashley Graham has won praise for sharing an untouched photo of her stretch marks on social media.

The model, who announced she is expecting her first child with husband Justin Ervin last week, posted the nude shot of her hips, breasts, and thighs on Instagram on Sunday, and highlighted her pregnancy curves by refusing to alter the image.

“Same same but a little different,” Ashley wrote alongside the picture, which featured her manicured hand covering her breast.

Fellow model Lily Aldridge and actress Niecy Nash were quick to show their support, and both left a series of red heart emojis in the comments.

While Lady Antebellum frontwoman Hillary Scott posted, “My Lord, THANK YOU for this.”

However, it was the 31-year-old’s followers that left heartwarming messages about feeling empowered and confident in their own figures after seeing the post.

“I freaking love you for this. THIS is what real women look like,” one wrote. “This is me, what I look like. Fabulous empowering amazing beautiful fearless!!!”

Another commented: “This is what girls need to see. We need this as a reference for real and relatable. Women young and old. Thank you!”

Kourtney Kardashian recently shared a similar post on Instagram showing off her enviable swimsuit body as she posed on board a boat, and fans applauded the reality star for not Photoshopping out the stretch marks on her hips.

“Thank you so much for not editing out your stretch marks!!” one user exclaimed, to which the mother-of-three replied: “I love my stripes.”

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