Ashley Graham won't be in a hurry to lose weight once she gives birth to her first child.
The 32-year-old model has gained 50 pounds (23 kilograms) while pregnant, but she isn't getting caught up in the pressure society places on women to "bounce back" to their pre-baby figure, and will embark on a weight-loss plan when she's ready.
"It's unfortunate that this 'bounce back' culture exists for new moms," she told Harper's Bazaar. "We just grew a life inside of our bodies for nine months, and then in addition to raising a newborn, there's pressure to lose all of the baby weight so quickly.
"Everyone's postpartum journey is different. My priority will be to make sure that our baby is happy and healthy, and when and if I do decide to lose the baby weight, it'll be on my own terms."
Ashley hasn't let her pregnancy get in the way of her modelling work - she walked the runway at the Tommy X Zendaya presentation in New York, posed for the cover of U.S. Vogue, and is now modelling her latest designs for swimwear brand Swimsuits For All.
And she admitted that she felt empowered posing in bikinis and one-pieces while heavily pregnant for the latest collection's campaign.
"Shooting this Swimsuits For All campaign while pregnant was truly empowering," the brunette beauty commented to the publication. "I've been honest and have shared my feelings about my body changing, and this shoot for my anniversary collection reignited my confidence and reaffirmed that our bellies are beautiful. We should be celebrating our bodies at all stages throughout our lives."
Ashley and her husband Justin Ervin are expecting to welcome their first child, a baby boy, any day now.
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