It is no secret that Ashley Graham has been married for 12 years to her husband, Justin Ervin. Since their marriage in 2010, the two have continued to draw the attention of many for the love for each other that they have and also for their dedication to their family. The couple is blessed with three kids.
Who is Justin Ervin?
While he may not be as popular as his wife, Justin Ervin is also a big name in entertainment. He is a filmmaker, writer, and choreographer. Justin was born on December 31, 1988, in Atlanta, Georgia to his parents, Lois Ervin and Katin Griffy Ervin. He was brought up together with a sister whose name is Kia.
While his father is of mixed ethnicity, his mother is African-American.
As regards his education, Justin went to the School of Visual Arts in New York where he graduated in 2021 with an MFA in Social Documentary Filmmaking.
Justin has enjoyed a career in Hollywood for many years as a cinematographer and director amongst other things. One of his first works is as a cinematographer for the documentary, Derby in Black, He has worked on other productions including the following:
- Six Months Later (2014)- writer and director
- Elephant in the Room (2012) (producer and director)
- Tunnel of Love (2013) Cinematographer
- Essence Black Girl Magic: A’Dorian Thomas (2016) Cinematographer
How They Met And Got Married
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The love story between Justin and Ashley is one that began on a Sunday in a church. According to Ashley who was 17 at the time, she moved to New York and decided to join the Journey Chuch.
On a fateful day, she volunteered to work in the elevator of the church to help bring people in and that was where she met two tall men. One left the elevator while his friend remained and started a conversation with her.
They had a first date but it didn’t go well because Ervin had Graham split the check which was $5.25. She refused to have a second date but he persuaded her and this time around, things went well. According to Ervin, the reason why he didn’t take care of the bill was that after she told him she was a model, he thought of her as one of those women that use men and dump them.
They Got Married At 22
The beautiful model and Justin Ervin would go on to date for a number of years and then when they were both 22, even though the model was approaching 23 at the time.
Within a year of dating, they felt comfortable with each other and that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together and they got engaged.
The couple walked down the aisle in 2010. Before their wedding, her family did not accept Justin Ervin because of his skin color. Her grandmother was cordial but cold when she met him for the first time and when it was time to leave, both her grandparents did not acknowledge Ervin. However, things changed when he called to wish her grandmother a happy 60th birthday.
Before they got married, Justin and Ashely decided they were not going to have sex until after their marriage and even though they tempted each other and there was so much sexual tension, they were still committed to abstinence until after they became man and wife.
Ashley Graham And Justin Ervin Have Three Kids Together
10 years after they got married, Justin Ervin and his model wife, Ashley welcomed their first child, Isaac Menelik Giovanni Ervin who was born on January 18, 2020, and weighed 7lbs 5oz at birth.
In 2021, the couple announced it was expecting to expand the family as Ashley was pregnant. She gave birth to the couple’s twins; Roman Ervin and Malachi Ervin in January 2022.
4 months after the birth of her kids, Ashley Graham posed nude for a Spanx ad campaign in May 2022.
The Secrete To Their Marriage
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For a couple that did not have sex until after they goy married, Graham revealed that the secret to their marriage of more than 10 years is to have sex at all times. She said she has come to find out that it is what works for them. Even when they do not feel like it, they still go ahead and have sex and that has always helped in getting them to have great moods.
Another secret that works for them is their prayer night. The couple has a prayer night which Ashley Graham reveals helps them a lot.
To celebrate every 5 years they stay married, Graham always changes her wedding ring.