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Finally, it looks like the entertainment and fashion world has warmed up to curvy women.
superstar designer and project Runway host Christian Siriano’s muses include These are U.S stars Chrissy Metz and the voluptuous Christina Hendricks. Ashley Graham is just one supermodel who’s done plus-size looks de rigueur on stages from Paris to New York to Tokyo – plus, she’s just given birth to twins and hasn’t hidden the reality of her new mother of three. bod on your Instagram feed.
The new Swimsuit SI The issue features model Yumi Nu as one of its cover stars, and inside, Hunter McGrady – blonde and new mom to baby Hudson – also graces its pages with her fiery gaze and dangerous curves.
“I think people have this idea that plus-size models are all day eating brownies while other models are starving and working out all day,” McGrady told Yahoo Life. “That’s not the case. I’ve worn every size from a two to a 22, and I was at my worst when I was a size two.”
The reality of McGrady’s eating habits? She follows an almost vegan diet as her husband is vegan. And her nearly 1-year-old son Hudson, she says, “eats the best of us all.”
“He eats so clean and healthy,” she shares. “He always has a protein, a starch and a vegetable, but it’s been so exciting to see him taste and learn new foods.”
McGrady doesn’t like to cook, but having Hudson rekindled his love of being behind the stove or putting together a salad with lots of new flavors for his son to try. “He tasted salmon the other day and loved it,” she says. “We always had dinner together the way my parents and I did. No matter what, we would sit around a table together, and I wanted that for my family too.”
When she was pregnant, her main aversion was pure water. “It was so weird because I usually don’t get enough water during the day,” she says. “But during my pregnancy I only wanted carbonated water – which I normally hate – as well as black beans straight from the can and white cake.”
Even if a healthy lifestyle is McGrady’s bread and butter – so to speak – she is passionate about comfort food. When entertaining, it’s all about the warmth and ambiance of the food on the table and the friends around it. “I love giving dinner parties, but I have to serve the food that people really want,” she says. “I can’t stand it when I go to a dinner party and it’s all picky finger food. My goal is to bring comfort.”
In her hometown of Thousand Oaks, Calif., McGrady is like any good California girl: her favorite restaurant is Cisco’s, a half-century old traditional Mexican spot where her family would gather for almost every occasion.
“That restaurant is full of memories for me,” she says. McGrady says that Cisco’s servers have seen her grow from a little girl into the adult she is now, bringing her own family there when they visit her hometown. “They remember me at 2 or 3, and now they’re gray,” she says. “It’s where we went for all the birthdays, all the graduations.”
McGrady’s family is unmistakably close to his heart. When asked who she would like to have dinner with, she immediately mentions her late brother, who passed away after an accident last year. Her favorite family tradition is the cookie exchange that her father started years ago and now she is the hostess. This home-cooked devotee’s favorite cookie should come as no surprise: the classic chocolate chip. “It has to be a little crunchy around the edges and soft in the center. This is just perfect,” she says.
Since giving birth to Hudson in June 2021, life – and McGrady’s body – has changed, and she comments on her Instagram feed about the apprehension she felt as she plunged back into the Swimsuit SI problem with her new postpartum body.
“Six months postpartum, always proud of these moments and this team and this body that has blessed me beyond measure,” she says in her photo reveal post, where she is crouching in the sun-kissed waves wearing a bright yellow bathing suit. “I wasn’t sure how I would feel going into this after having a baby…but then I thought, you know what? Hell yeah! For mommies or anyone who feels like they can’t be sexy or can’t wear a bathing suit. .. wear the damn swimsuit.”
Her heartfelt support for women of all sizes and postpartum bodies extends to her new partnership with underwear brand Thinx and her new Moist Panties campaign. The campaign seeks to dispel the stigma behind vaginal discharge and menstruation with McGrady as a spokesperson.
She openly sings the praises of the Thinx Super-Hi Waist full-coverage panties, which helped her with postpartum bleeding after a vaginal delivery. “It was nice to feel normal and like I wasn’t in a diaper,” she says.
“I don’t mind talking about things that make people uncomfortable, including vaginal discharge and other feminine hygiene issues,” says McGrady. “I love that Thinx is trying to create a safe space to talk about these things. I want to raise my kids in a more comfortable world talking about what happens to women’s bodies.”
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