Ashley Graham hits back at criticism that her stretch marks will affect her career

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Ashley Graham shut down oen follower who suggested her career would suffer because of her stretch marks. (Photo via Instagram/@ashleygraham)
Ashley Graham shut down oen follower who suggested her career would suffer because of her stretch marks. (Photo via Instagram/@ashleygraham)

Ashley Graham may be pregnant with twins, but that won't stop her from clapping back at body shamers.

On Monday, the soon-to-be mother-of-three took to Instagram to share photos celebrating all things fall. The post began with a video of the glowing model proudly baring her growing baby bump during a photoshoot. 

"Heart is full this fall," Graham captioned the post.

While the post was meant to share highlights from the model's life, it unintentionally prompted comments from fans about Graham's stretch marks. One follower insinuated that the 34-year-old may lose modelling jobs because of the stretch marks caused by her pregnancy. 

"I had twins but I did not get any stretch marks," the follower wrote. "I hope that does not affect your career."

Graham noticed the comment and quickly issued a sarcastic reply. 

"Gosh— I hope I still have a career with my stretch marks," she wrote. 

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Despite the rude comment, there were tons of fans who praised Graham for showing off her stretch marks without shame. Many followers noted how uncommon it is to see a celebrity or model sport anything other than the "picture perfect" baby bump. 

"I love seeing a celebrity with belly marks," someone told Graham. "I had them but all I ever saw were smooth, flawless bumps. Seeing this would've helped me so much."

“Your stomach is so beautiful with two healthy babies,” one wrote.

"You have the most amazing pregnant belly," another said. "You're carrying them well!"

The former Sports Illustrated model first announced that she and her husband, Justin Ervin, were expecting twin boys in September in a sweet video posted to Instagram. The couple's happy news comes after welcoming their first son, Issac Menelik, in January 2020.

"I don't think he understands the concept of being a 'big brother,' " Graham later told PEOPLE of her son, Issac. "He knows that there's a baby in the belly. Because I say, 'Where's the baby?' And then he points and then wants to kiss it."

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