From mantras to meditation, mindfulness to manifestation, Well Intentioned offers an intimate look at how to make space for self-care in meaningful ways, big and small.
Last year, Ashley Graham posted what, in her estimation, was a pretty tame Instagram Story dedicated to “all the ladies out there who did not shave their pits basically their whole pregnancy or at least until the end.” Barefaced in nothing more than a black bra, the model—who became a mother in January 2020—was speaking candidly, as is her preferred form of communication, with one arm up to showcase the soft fuzz that she had been growing for about three months. Meant as a gesture of solidarity with other time-strapped moms—and with the countless women who are uninterested in conforming to perceived grooming expectations—the post was in response to backlash she received when eagle-eyed fans noticed her underarm growth in a previous image. But the 33-year-old, who has been shattering societal norms since she appeared in that Sports Illustrated ad in 2015 (and on the cover of this magazine, twice), wasn’t content with a simple digital clapback; this month, she partnered with Flamingo on a limited-edition collection of shaving and bodycare essentials designed around the idea of “body neutrality,” which goes hand in hand with the “body positivity” conversation Graham has been instrumental in turning into a mainstream movement. “When it comes to self-care everything is about what’s beneficial to you, not what society is constantly telling you is best for you,” says Graham. Here, the podcast host, YouTube star, and entrepreneur with infinite additional epithets shares her wellness approach for cultivating gratitude, nurturing her postpartum body, “tuning out the noise—and turning up yourself.”