'Looks like the tree of life': Fans praise Ashley Graham for sharing nude stretch mark photo

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Ashley Graham proudly showed off her stretch marks with fans. (Image via Getty Images/Instagram@AshleyGraham)
Ashley Graham proudly showed off her stretch marks with fans. (Image via Getty Images/Instagram@AshleyGraham)

Ashley Graham is being praised online for celebrating her body during pregnancy.

On Thursday, the model, who is currently pregnant with twins, shared a nude photo in which she showed off her growing baby bump, as well as her stretch marks.

The 34-year-old model told fans that her husband, Justin Ervin, thinks her stretch marks resemble "the tree of life."

Graham's post was met with praise from fans for her body positivity and perspective on what many people perceive as "imperfections."

"The beautifully poetic symbolism behind your stretch marks is something to be so proud of," one follower wrote. "Thank you for normalizing this, you literally look like a goddess, and anyone that has anything negative to say is just jealous that they can never be as feminine and ethereal as you. Slay on, pregnant queen!"

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"It really looks like the tree of life, wow. Beautiful," added another.

"I love how everything coexists. And nature stays repeating all things immaculate! Congratulations, you beautiful souls," someone else wrote.

"Thank you for normalizing stretch marks," another said. "You look stunning, mama. I got deep ones with both of my children and I am now so self-conscious of my tummy. Thank you for showing stretch marks to be fierce and beautiful. You boosted this mama’s confidence."

The former Sports Illustrated model first announced that she and Ervin, were expecting twin boys in September in a sweet video posted to Instagram. The couple's news comes after welcoming their first son, Issac Menelik, in January 2020. Since then, Graham has been maintaining her body positivity advocacy by documenting her pregnancy on social media — stretch marks and all.

Just last month, Graham clapped back at a troll for suggesting her stretch marks would prevent her from modelling again after she's given birth.

"I had twins but I did not get any stretch marks, I hope that does not affect your career," the follower wrote, to which Graham hit back:

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

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