Ashley Graham: “As a curvy girl you get the feeling you’re a second-class citizen”

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On being called ‘a fat model’:

As a model, people are telling you you’re beautiful, and at school, people are telling you you’re ugly. They would say, ‘You’re not really a model, you’re a fat model.’ It was humiliating. I think I just put my head down and internalised it’.

On her body positive message:

I still wake up some mornings and feel fat, of course I do, but I’ve come to a place where I’m like, the cellulite’s not leaving, and I’m not going to beat myself up about it, I’ll embrace it. Some women say, ‘I can’t get out of bed, I’m never going to find a man, or get that job that I want, because of the way I look’. I love my body. When I look in the mirror, I see a woman who is strong and ambitious, satisfied with who she is. ‘I’ve been told I’m a pioneer and a trailblazer, that I changed the game, but to me, I’m just a model who happens to know how to talk to women about loving the skin they’re in. I’m trying to convey that confidence and feeling sexy is about being comfortable with who you are.

On why she can’t diet:

I’m simply not able to adhere to strict rules around deprivation. I get upset, ‘hangry’, when I’m not eating. I would never go on a major diet and work-out spree just to be thin.

On feeling left out a a plus-size woman:

It’s ugly that there aren’t enough clothes in stores for women that go up to a size 22 or 24. As a curvy girl you get the feeling you’re a second-class citizen. I want women to accept themselves. I have so many friends, skinny, really heavy and in between, who all have the same insecurities.

… says Ashley in Harper’s Bazaar.

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Models on Duty: Ashley Graham

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At request: Ashley Graham was spotted doing a photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar UK in Central Park in New York City the other day. The 29 year-old stunner wore two different outfits that showed off her famous figure: white tank + dark jeans and an elegant black attire.

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Ashley Graham Continues to Model Swimsuits

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Part 2 of Ashley Graham’s swimsuit parade, at high request! For part 1, click here!

To see Ashley in Sports Illustrated, check out this popular post!

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Chrissy Metz: “If I had lost weight, I would never have gotten this role”

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On wanting to lose weight:

I would love to go on The Biggest Loser, where it’s a concentrated thing. My father is a big guy; he’s had a quadruple bypass surgery, and that’s scary. Those are real things that happen in families with overweight people, and I don’t want that. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried [to lose weight]. But if I had, I would never have gotten this role.

On being an emotional eater:

If I’m upset or I have to confront somebody, I’m like, “This feels really icky. Let me have a burrito.” I believe that if we haven’t learned our lessons, they will continue to come and circle back around. Obviously I haven’t figured it out with food.

On dressing up for events:

I’m so grateful for the designers who are excited — I remember growing up and having no options at all — but other designers haven’t really reached out. I don’t know why they think that their clothes lose integrity by being cut bigger. But it’s their art. It would be nice if Valentino was like, “Hey girl, want a dress?”.

On carrying a lot of weight in her stomach:

I just want to have…not even a number, but to have my body in a different shape.

… says 36 year-old Chrissy.

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