Ashley Graham embraces her stretch marks in gorgeous photos: 'New mom bod'

Ashley Graham is embracing her new stretch marks in gorgeous new photos for her Swimsuits For All swimwear line. 

The new mom, who welcomed her first child with husband Justin Ervin in January, spoke to People magazine about accepting her new postpartum body after the birth of her son, Isaac. Graham also revealed why she felt it was important not to retouch her new stretch marks in the photos. 

“With a new postpartum body, I thought that things were going to feel different, and that they were going to look different, and they do, but it’s a new found joy in that,” Graham said. 

“There’s always a question of, ‘What do you want us to retouch, and what do you want us to take out?’ And I said, ‘Nothing,’” she added.

Despite looking and feeling different, the TV host said that she still “felt so empowered” with the shoot, which was shot by Ervin on her family farm in Nebraska. 

“I’ve got more weight on me. I’ve stretch marks, and in the beginning I really had to have a lot of conversations with myself and tell myself, ‘Okay, new body, new mindset,’” Graham said. “But after this photo shoot, I felt so empowered because I was like, ‘Yes. I look good. I feel good. This is my new mom bod.’”

Commenters praised Graham on social media and thanked her for, as always, keeping things real. 

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Justin Ervin and Ashley Graham attend an event for American Beauty Star Season 2 on January 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by ECP/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend the Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on November 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 23: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin arrive at the Domenico Dolce birthday party during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 at Four Seasons Hotel on September 23, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vincenzo Lombardo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 5: Ashley Graham and her husband Justin Ervin attend the victories of Madison Keys of USA and Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day 10 of the 2018 tennis US Open on Arthur Ashe stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2018 in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Justin Ervin and Ashley Graham at Day 10 of the US Open held at the USTA Tennis Center on September 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Adrian Edwards/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Justin Ervin and model Ashley Graham arrive to United Nations Headquarters on March 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 4: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ashley Graham;Justin Ervin
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin are seen in Midtown on January 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Glamour)
THE BROOKLYN BOROUGH OF NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend the 14th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Weylin B. Seymour's on November 6, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend Michael Kors and Google Celebrate new MICHAEL KORS ACCESS Smartwatches at ArtBeam on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Justin Ervin and Ashley Graham attend Michael Kors and Google Celebrate new MICHAEL KORS ACCESS Smartwatches at ArtBeam on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: John Molner, Katie Couric, Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TIME)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TIME)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Model Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend the celebration of Urban Arts Partnership 25th Anniversary Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on March 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Urban Arts Partnership)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Model Ashley Graham and husband Justin Ervin attend the 2016 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on December 12, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Ashley Graham and husband Justin Ervin attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27: Justin Ervin and Ashley Graham attend the Belvedere Presents One Night for Life with John Legend at the Apollo Theater at The Apollo Theater on August 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Owen Hoffmann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: Justin Ervin (L) and model Ashley Graham attend the Google/HBO celebration of 'All The Way' during White House Correspondents' weekend at the Renwick Gallery on April 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Google)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 17: Justin Ervin and Ashley Graham attends Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 - Swim BBQ VIP at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach on February 17, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/FilmMagic)
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“Oh the confidence you give all of us by posting this thank you!!! Working on my journey to love this body I now have!” one follower wrote. 

“Come on warrior stripes!!! Show out for the mommas out here Ashley!!!” another added. 

Graham posed for a previous Swimsuits for All ad campaign while she was pregnant.

Throughout her pregnancy, the entertainer documented the ups and downs of her journey with fans. When she began to struggle with her changing body, Graham decided to post a nude photo to start a conversation with others going through the same thing. 

“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,” Graham said on her digital series, “Fearless With Ashley Graham,” and started to get emotional. “And that morning, actually ... I was like, ‘Get it together, Ashley, there’s other women out there that are going through the same thing as you — why don’t you have a dialogue?’” 

Her back-and-forth with followers continued, as she posted a photo embracing her stretch marks one month after giving birth.

“Same me. few new stories,” she wrote in February. 

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  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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