NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 11: Model Ashley Graham attends the 3.1 Phillip Lim Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week at Center 415 on February 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

 

Ashley Graham has announced that she’s expecting her first child.

The 31-year-old model, who’s been a champion of body positivity and diversity in the entertainment industry, shared the news that she’s pregnant on Instagram.

Alongside a video of herself and filmmaker husband Justin Ervin, she wrote:

“Nine years ago today, I married the love of my life. It has been the best journey with my favorite person in the world!

“Today, we are feeling so blessed, grateful and excited to celebrate with our GROWING FAMILY!” she said. Happy anniversary, @mrjustinervin. Life is about to get even better.”

Ervin shared his own heartfelt message, posting a few photos of the couple with the caption:

“To my forever love and my daily inspiration. Happy anniversary @ashleygraham. These 9 years have played out like a lifetime. I guess it’s because my life really started once you came into it. Now that we’ve made a life together, let’s make a life together. I love you and I love us. All of us.”

They didn’t share a due date.

Graham is one of the world’s highest paid models. In her book, A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like, she described the tension she and Justin faced from her family about their relationship being interracial.

After she and Justin spent a weekend at her family home in Nebraska:

“Instead my grandmother looked me in the eye, with Justin standing behind me, and said, ‘Tell that guy I said goodbye.’ I had never seen my loving, hardworking, and wonderful grandma be so hurtful and so racist. I was in shock.”

As “disappointed” as Justin was, he persisted with his love’s grandmother, calling her to congratulate her on her 60th wedding anniversary. Eventually, Ashley’s nana accepted the relationship.

Congratulations to Ashley and Justin.

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