Ashley Graham slams mommy-shamers as 'mean girls' after getting trolled over photos of breastfeeding son Isaac
Ashley Graham has slammed mommy shamers as "mean girls" after the plus-size model was allegedly criticized for sharing a series of intimate pictures of her son breastfeeding. "Mommy shamers are just mean girls who grew up to be mothers,” she said during an appearance on Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk series. Ashley was joined by Jada's daughter Willow, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and Jessica Alba as they shared their experiences of online trolls attacking their decisions as mothers.
Ashley, a firebrand for body confidence, shared that even her own family members have mom-shamed her. “I’ve definitely been shamed by close family members,” she admitted. "They said, ‘I can’t believe he’s not sleep trained yet, what are you doing? Why are you ruining your life?'"
Meanwhile, 'Sin City' star Jessica said she have had "to do a lot of therapy" over the issue. "Certainly now that I’m almost 40, I’ve come to this place where I realize that most people who have something to say, it’s because they’re so insecure and it’s more of them being ashamed of themselves, being overly critical."
"For whatever reason, the natural reaction is to pull other people apart for them to feel justified or them to feel OK," added the Hollywood star, mom to Honor, 12, Haven, 9, and Hayes, 2.
In September, Ashley had shared a heartwarming video of herself feeding her son Isaac and captioned it: "Reunited after four days!!!"
"I pumped almost every 3 to 4 hours to keep my supply up while I was in Italy. I had so much breast milk in the freezer so I didn't have to worry if Isaac was going to have enough food while I was gone." The model was in Rome at the time and was storing breast milk in a freezer so she could be a part of the fashion extravaganza and grace the catwalks in Italy.
The 32-year-old has been quite open about her motherhood, grabbing headlines earlier this year after sharing a powerful photo of herself mid-labor to her more than 10 million followers on Instagram. “This is the face of my greatest strength," LA-based Ashley wrote alongside the post. "The greatest pain I've ever known and the greatest accomplishment that I've ever achieved."
As MEAWW previously reported, the trendsetting plus-size model has made a mark for her full-bodied self in an arena that was dominated by people of skinny build. Ashley and her husband of 10 years, Justin Ervin, welcomed their son in January. Since then she's made sure to be consistent in her posting patterns on Instagram where she posts a lot of videos and photos of herself nursing the kid. Since Isaac's birth, Ashley has never been shy about showing herself off while feeding Isaac. Earlier this year, she posted a photograph of herself with Isaac latched at her breast. She had just taken a dip in the pool and was indulging in a little poolside chilling with her son, according to the caption that read, "after pool chilaxin." She also exhibited some of her multi-tasking skills in an earlier post that saw her pumping out breast milk while answering her emails and getting work done at the same time.