Model mama-to-be Ashley Graham is getting ever nearer to the moment she’ll get to meet her new baby. She’s clear into her third trimester now, and expecting her first child in January with husband Justin Ervin, whom she married in 2010 at age 22. And now we know… it’s a boy! Graham revealed the news to Vogue, whose cover she’ll grace in January, clad in a regal pleated gold gown. In the intimate profile, she also opens up about how the whole experience of pregnancy has changed her.
“There’s just this camaraderie. It’s a secret society that I didn’t know about,” she told Vogue about the community of pregnant women who find each other for support. “I was hiding my pregnancy for the first four months,” she said. “I’ve always had control over my 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. And I felt like I didn’t have anyone to talk to.”
The model explained that she was gaining weight quickly in those early weeks. “And I felt alone. And the one piece of advice that my stylist, Jordan Foster, gave me was, Make pregnant friends,” she told Vogue — and that ended up happening for her in very short order. “None of my friends were in relationships, let alone pregnant. And now I have nine pregnant friends.”
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When I look at this picture, I get so emotional because this moment feels bigger than me. It’s indicative of our entire relationship – my husband @mrjustinervin supporting me ALWAYS from day one. I’m overwhelmed with so much joy and filled with such gratitude that we are doing this together 🖤 Thank You Thank You Thank You @voguemagazine
As a general rule, “Nothing much fazes me,” she said. But pregnancy changed all of that for Graham — big time. Hormonal changes contributed to lots of crying in public, for instance.
“This is what happened to me the other day: I was with [my husband] Justin, eating an almond butter-and-jelly sandwich, and I took one bite and all of a sudden, I starting welling up. And then full-on crying!” she said. “I was chewing and eating and sobbing and I was like, I DON’T KNOW WHY I’M CRYING!”
As for the baby’s gender, Graham grew up alongside two sisters, and she’s super close to her mom. So, “I don’t know anything about boys,” she told Vogue. “I’m so excited.”