Ashley Graham Talks Breastfeeding, Postpartum Hair Loss and Her Best Beauty Hack

Certainly the supermodel Ashley Graham is stunning. But Ms. Graham, 32, is also keeping it real, varied and interesting, whether on her Instagram account, her YouTube workout series or her podcast “Pretty Big Deal,” which is back for Season 3 this week, where she hosts conversations with successful people she looks up to.

Here is a behind-the-scenes peek at how she does it all. Ms. Graham, who is also a Revlon ambassador, muses on her career, managing a 9-month-old baby and sticking to her Covid-adjusted beauty regimen.

It’s a weird time. I’m a new mom, but I’m also figuring out how to live life at home. We moved to Nebraska when the pandemic hit. That’s where I’m from. It was my mom, my husband, my baby and me, and on March 13 we drove for 20 hours straight. We were there for six months. And we were all staying in the house I grew up in. It was very nostalgic for me. And I was so grateful that my husband was so kind to bear with me through all of it.

We’ve been back in New York now for maybe a month and a half. It feels so good to be back. I have a new normal morning routine. I don’t set an alarm. I learned that from interviewing Arianna Huffington on my podcast. She said that the time from when you put your head down to when you wake up is your own. I don’t sleep with my phone next to me either. The baby monitor is my alarm, and I know Isaac will wake me up between six or seven. I feed him right away, and it’s morning snuggles time.

I’m ever-so-proudly breast-feeding. I put it on my social media all the time because I want it normalized in a way that is truly normal. We all eat in public, so why not breast-feeding? Once he’s close to a year old, I’ll probably stop. Isaac has four teeth now, so, buddy, if you’re going to bite me, we’re gonna have problems.

I’m a nighttime shower girl. My morning routine is really prepped by my evening routine. I use whatever shampoo I can get my hands on that doesn’t have sulfates. To stimulate my hair follicles, I’ve been doing an apple cider vinegar rinse about once a week. It smells! If you go to the gym the next day, you’re going to sweat and smell like vinegar.

I go to sleep with my hair wet. I part it down the middle and then douse my head with John Frieda Dream Curls. I’ve been using it since I was 15 years old. This is the only way I can get a full head of hair when I wake up in the morning.

In the morning, I have slightly frizzy waves. I have this finishing gel by Vientti. Four months postpartum my whole hairline fell out, and now I have a bunch of cowlicks from all

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Breastfeeding bridesmaid posed while pumping milk during wedding photoshoot, picture goes viral

A wedding portrait has gone viral for its realistic depiction of what the big day could potentially look like for breastfeeding mothers.

Rachael Downs was married in fall of 2019, but the wedding portrait she took alongside her bridal squad has recently captured the attention of social media users after her photographer, Amber Fletcher, shared the snapshot to Facebook.

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In the photo, Downs’ bridesmaid and friend of 15 years, Allison Hepler, is posing with the rest of the group while she is connected to a pump.

“What happened moments coming up on the photo was that I finished the groomsmen a little early and Allison was still pumping. I always do a photo like the [2011] ‘Bridesmaids’ movie cover, so this seemed like the perfect time to utilize not only that photo in a humorous way, but to show the realness of the specific day,” Fletcher told Fox News regarding how the image came to be.

“In turn, it brought light to what a day looks like for a bridesmaid who is currently breastfeeding/pumping,” Fletcher added. “Rachael and Allison were down with it as it’s what the day truly looked like in a way.”

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Although none of the women expected the photo to generate thousands of reactions, comments and shares, they believe it is a relatable moment that resonates with many.

“It was supposed to be a funny picture between friends, so it didn’t feel like anything [special]. We were just goofing off and trying to imitate the ‘Bridesmaids’ movie poster,” Hepler explained when asked how it feels to know she has made such a strong impact. “None of us could have ever imagined this going viral. At the time, we weren’t trying to make a statement or to go viral, so it’s just surreal that it has.”

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As for Downs, she was more than happy to share the spotlight with one of her closest friends.

“It was so great to have her and there’s nothing either one of us wouldn’t do for the other,” Downs said. “Having the pump in the photos was supposed to be a fun and light hearted photo, and normalizing pumping was just icing on the cake.”

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“Pumping is hard,” she added while commending Hepler’s dedication. “I lived it for 18 months with my daughter, so I can tell you that she’s a superhero for the simple fact that she was still willing to be a part of our day with a 4-month-old and a busy pumping schedule.”

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Bridesmaid Pumps During Wedding Photo Shoot: ‘All for Normalizing Breastfeeding’

A Florida bride’s wedding photo has gone viral because it features one of her bridesmaids pumping her breastmilk.

The photo, which was taken in October of last year but just went viral this month, featured bride Rachael Downs and her five bridesmaids holding their bouquets — while matron of honor Allison Helper holds her breast pump machine instead.

Photographer Amber Fletcher explained to Parents magazine that the photo was meant to be a silly recreation of the poster for the 2011 movie Bridesmaids. 

“What happened moments coming up on the photo was that I finished the groomsmen a little early and Allison was still pumping,” Fletcher said.

“I always do a photo like the Bridesmaids movie cover, so this seemed like the perfect time to utilize not only that photo in a humorous way, but to show the realness of the specific day,” she continued.

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“In turn, it brought light to what a day looks like for a bridesmaid who is currently breastfeeding/pumping,” Fletcher added. “Rachael (the bride) and Allison (the one pumping) were down with it as it’s what the day truly looked like in a way and they are all for normalizing breastfeeding and pumping.”

Downs told Today that she could empathize with her friend’s need to pump and had no problem including it in her wedding photos.

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“I nursed my daughter for 18 months. I know what it’s like,” she said. “I actually pumped at Allison’s wedding. We just didn’t get any photos!”

“The groomsmen finished their pictures early so I went to get Allison and she was like, ‘I just need to finish pumping,’ ” the bride explained, adding that the bridal party “never thought it would blow up the way it did.”

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“But I’m glad it did,” Downs added.

Fletcher added to Parents that it’s been “amazing” to read the comments of so many women who relate to the photo.

The photo has certainly garnered plenty of attention online, with many expressing their appreciation for the group’s embrace of pumping in public.

“This bride is absolutely fantastic. What a treasure of a friend!” one commenter wrote on Fletcher’s Facebook post. “I see way too many stories in my breastfeeding groups about bridezillas throwing fits over the party leaving for any reason or ‘inconveniencing’ the wedding in any way.”

“I love this. Support for the bride by being present and support for the bridesmaid by not making a fuss over her having to pump,” another commenter added. “I wish I had friends like these. Women building women up and not being selfish. LOVE IT!”

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