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Model Ashley Graham and husband Justin Ervin not only just celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary together, but they also shared the big news with fans and the overall public that they’re expecting their first child.

The plus-size model and TV personality broke the news in a video where she unveiled her bump with both she and Justin shouting “Surprise!” after faux bickering over the perfect camera angle.

“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 wrote as the caption. “Happy anniversary, @mrjustinervin ❤️ Life is about to get even better.”

Justin gushed over Ashley and their baby on the way while sharing a photo of their child’s sonogram photo along with older images of the couple on his own Instagram page. As he put it, “I love you and I love us. All of us…”

Ashley and Justin, who works in filmmaking, have been married since 2010. The pair met at church and had to overcome some uncomfortable obstacles to make it this far, including her grandmother not being crazy about the fact that he is Black at one point, and Justin being spat on when they traveled to Italy months ago because he’s a Black man married to a white woman.
“I see what my husband has to go through every day. We had gone to Italy, and a man spat on him,” she recently told Allure. “It’s heartbreaking. It can make you really angry. But it’s like, how are you going to change that anger into a teachable moment?”
Graham mentioned, way before the world knew she was pregnant, that she was preparing herself for the discussions she would need to have with her Black children in the future to help them navigate race.
“Read books; have conversations. Educate yourself,” she said. “The more you have conversations with people around you that are different than you, [the more] you’re going to learn and you’re going to grow. No one who isn’t black is going to understand a black person’s life, but they don’t have to be ignorant toward [what it’s like]. I want to know as much as I can as a white woman who is going to be raising black children. We’re going to have to have that conversation of ‘Mommy’s white, Daddy’s black,’ and I want to be prepared.”
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