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What Ashley Graham Can’t Live Without

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If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair but the hairspray and the electric toothbrush. We asked model and entrepreneur Ashley Graham — whose podcast, Pretty Big Deal, is currently airing season three — about the tea kettle, towels, and vitamin C serum she can’t live without.

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I posted myself pumping on social media one time, and someone commented that I really need a hands-free pumping bra. I was like, “Those things exist?” I had no idea. I started Googling away, and this one looked like it would fit, which was the biggest thing for me because the girls got big. I’m a multitasking mom, so this bra was exactly what I needed to get emails and phone calls done while I’m pumping. It doesn’t matter what kind of bra I’m wearing — a nursing bra or not — I just pull my boobs out, wrap this thing around me, put the suction cup things on, then pump. As long as my nipples are aligned to the suction, I don’t have to adjust anything. I try to pump at least once or twice a day. It is so exhausting to pump — you have the set up and the clean up, then the actual pumping. Every time I’m like well, there goes 40 minutes of my life. Anything that makes it slightly easier is life-changing.


Oh my gosh, I’ve been using Aquaphor for probably 15 years. A makeup artist used it on me once, and my lips stayed moisturized all day. I was like, “What is this stuff?” She told me you can literally pick it up at any drugstore — Walgreens, CVS, Duane Reade — so I was like, “Perfect, this is the stuff for me.” I use it on my lips, my elbows, my feet, everywhere. I have been that girl to empty a whole tube of lip balm because I was headed to an event and forgot to apply lotion. I just put it all over my legs and the problem was solved. They were very sticky, but they looked good. I’m sad to say that I have actually done this multiple times before. It’s a good hack.

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Listen, I am all about keeping it regular, and the squatty potty is famous for that reason. It just gets the job done. I think the bamboo shade looks super chic in the bathroom, too, so it’s a win-win. I’ve been using it for years. I get colonics sometimes because when I travel as a model, my system gets really irregular. I found that colonics are really helpful to get me back on track. If you’ve ever had one, you know you put your feet up on a squatty potty, and one time, I thought, “Oh, this is something I need at home, too.” I got it and I love it. I have given the squatty potty as a gift to at least five people. I swear it has changed people’s lives. I’ve gotten photos of it in use before.

A holistic doctor who said I need more magnesium in my system told me about this. I drink it in bed because I pass out literally right after I finish it. I make sure everything is in place in order to drink it because I know that once I take it, I’ll be out. It is just so calming. I love the orange flavor because it actually tastes good. I’ve never been stressed enough in the middle of the day where I have to have a cup of this tea in order to calm down, thankfully, so it’s really just a night routine thing for me.