'So blessed': Body positive model Ashley Graham announces pregnancy

Sports Illustrated cover star and body positive model Ashley Graham, 31, has announced that she and her husband Justin Ervin are expecting their first child together.

On the day of their ninth wedding anniversary on Wednesday the pair took to their respective Instagram accounts to share their happy news.

‘So blessed’

Ashley posted a cute video of the couple seemingly attempting to take a selfie - until the camera pans out and reveals her burgeoning baby bump.

The beaming pair shout “surprise!” as they both place a protective hand on Ashley’s belly.

“Nine years ago today, I married the love of my life,” Graham captioned her announcement. “Today, we are finally so blessed, grateful and excited to celebrate with our GROWING FAMILY!”

“Life is about to get even better,” she added.

Baby love

Naturally, Ashley’s sweet clip has had 2.6 million views (and counting), and the comments section is being flooded with well wishes from her high profile pals and fans alike.

Jordyn Woods wrote, “Omggg.. this makes me so happy!”

Reese Witherspoon added, “Wow!! So happy for you both.”

“OMG!!!!!!!! I’m so happy for you two!!! Congrats!! You will be the best mom,” hairstylist Justine Marjan wrote.

“I’m over here reaching for the Kleenex again...” Ashley’s personal trainer, Kira Stokes commented, “tears of JOY and LOVE.”

Proud dad-to-be

Over on his account, shared a snap of the couple along with their baby’s ultrasound, as well as two throwback photos of the couple.

“These 9 years have played out like a lifetime. I guess it’s because my life really started once you came into it,” Justin wrote. “Now that we’ve made a life together, let’s make a life together.”

The couple have yet to reveal exactly how far along Ashley is and when their child is due, or the bub’s gender.

A model life

Ashley was scouted at the age of 13 at her local mall in Nebraska, and since then she’s risen to the highest ranks of modelling, gracing the catwalks for designer labels such as Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors.

In 2016, she became the first plus-size model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s coveted Swimsuit Issue and is credited as "bringing size acceptance into the mainstream".

In an interview with Vogue in 2017 the US size 16 (AU size 20) beauty said, "I definitely think that my body has changed many peoples’ lives.”

She and filmmaker Justin met at church in 2009 and married the following year.

Additional reporting by Kerry Justich.

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