Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham: “I’ve always been told: ‘You’re not good enough because you’re plus-size.’” 

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On why she hates the word “plus-size”:

It’s like, ‘Plus what?’ That’s something I’ve always been told: ‘You’re not good enough because you’re plus-size.’  I’m not here to ban the word from the dictionary” — plenty of women own and love it. I prefer curvy or curve.

On how curvy women-of-color model friends of hers like Marquita Pring and Precious Lee aren’t getting the same opportunities:

I know I’m on this pedestal because of white privilege. To not see black or Latina women as famous in my industry is crazy! I have to talk about it. I want to give those women kudos because they are the ones who paved the way for me.

On skipping the Met Gala:

I couldn’t get a designer to dress me. You can’t just show up in jeans and a T-shirt.

On how she doesn’t like that she is famous for her size:

On the subway, girls see me and go, ‘If I had a girl when I was in high school talk the way you talk about your body, my life would be different.’ People look at my size now and know that’s what makes me famous. That kind of sucks, too, because it’s like, ‘Damn, my size is what makes me famous?’ This is the thing: I know I’m paving the way for the next generation of girls, and they’re not going to have to do this. That’s what I hope. I’ll take the brunt work and just handle it, and then you guys can just sail right on through.

… says Ashley.

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When: 26 Jul 2017
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jahliss
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jahliss

Why is plus size models always complaining about being called plus size and body shamed? It´s not like high fashion models dosent get shit for not being thin enough or even too thin at times. It´s part of the job. As a model you´re a model not a bloody spokes person or a roll model. Stop complaining

Alambert
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Alambert

I’m a plus-size woman but I just think she is tacky. Her clothes are tacky, her whole image is tacky.

Kia
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Strange, I find these outfits classy and modern

Sarah
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Sarah

I agree with Alambert, they are not classy at all.

etmoi
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etmoi

LOL I totally thought she was Latino. . .

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Alyssa Mohino

I really doubt someone said she wasn’t good enough because she was plus sized, they probably said she wasn’t right for that particular job, which is what actors, musicians, models and other entertainers get All. The. Time.

herpderp
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herpderp

Taking the brunt of being a facially gorgeous and privileged model? Yeah, you’re taking the brunt alright /s.

That being said, other bigger girls of the world most definitely won’t “sail right on through”, because that’s not how reality works. She’s either pretty deluded or being tongue-in-cheek, and I somehow doubt it’s the latter.

MichelleM.
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MichelleM.

am i supposed to be feeling sorry for her?

Livalittle
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Livalittle

Yes your body and size made you famous… Welcome to modeling dumb ass

CarrieD
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CarrieD
I find her super annoying most of the time, but I like what she says here (not the “I paved the way” talk, there were well-known plus-size models before her and she kind of just got lucky the plus movement is “in” right now). The race talk is her being politically correct, but it doesn’t make it any less true. I don’t like the term plus-size either. I used to be chubby and I would honestly prefer being called “fat” than “plus-size”. I’m not sure why but it makes me feel like I’m being set aside in a bad way.… Read more »
Stellar
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Stellar

Disingenuous nonsense. What does she think she’s famous for, splitting the atom? Her whole persona is based on talking about how hard it is being a wealthy, famous fat model. It’s tiring hearing the same old stories… Too old? Too fat? Not pretty enough? Being bullied in high school? At least these women have their $$$$ to keep them warm. I realise it’s about trying to seem relatable to us mere plebeians but I am so over it. Just pose and leave the theorising out of it.
Or perhaps I should stop reading😉

Teresa
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Teresa

Does she talk about anything other than her body?

Rita_7
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Rita_7

I guess she has nothing else to talk about..

She
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Or it’s all she gets asked about

Rachel
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Rachel

So many euphemisms for “fat” nowadays. I can’t help but think if people like Ashley Graham were truly comfortable with their sizes, they wouldn’t need to be called “plus-sized”, “curvy”, “full-figured”, “voluptuous”, etc.

Calia
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Calia

Disagree because the term, “fat” has taken on a lot of connotations beyond mere description of body size.

Flora
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Flora
From this interview and other things that I’ve read that Ashley Graham has said, I get this impression that she is ashamed of being plus-size… like all the criticism that she has received for her body over the years have really made an impact. Also – the cover photo… why did they have her kneeling down like that? Her legs look so tiny in length? Another thing… why did I think she was latina? In the statement where she says she has “white privilege” and that black and latina plus-size models don’t have the same opportunities that she gets, I… Read more »
jjj2
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jjj2
I always thought she was Latin as well. So she probably is as successful as she is because she wasn’t viewed as white and as a result wasn’t “white privileged”. So that could obviously mean that if she looked more “white” she may not have been as successful as she is. She really needs to stop talking, she’s going to lose her appear really quickly. Unfortunately she sees herself as paving the way for the next generation of girls, with her personality, promotion of being overweight, and obviously unhealthy eating, this is certainly not good for future generation of girls… Read more »
Gwen
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Gwen
Her legs look short because 1. They are short for her height. The extreme curve of her hip fat makes it look like her legs start higher up because your eyes are drawn to her waist and the curve out to her hip but if you look at where her crotch is compared to her overall height flat footed and not in heels, you can see she has a longer torso. 2. In that position her wide girth folding over the legs take up some leg real estate so they look shorter than they already are. One of the reasons… Read more »
Frigga
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Frigga

You can be Latina and white, ya know.

Emily
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Emily

Does anyone know her bra size?

Lara
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Lara

Maybe 85DDD

Emily
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Emily

Uh what?

Lara
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Lara

Sorry, I think I mixed European and US sizes… They sure aren’t triple D’s 🙂
I think she is 40 D… What do you think? 🙂

Emily
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Emily

Has to be a 38D, she has nice size breasts for her proportions.

sweet christmas
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sweet christmas

Why are models always so shocked that they’re only known for their body? If you want to be recognized for something other than showcasing clothes, find another job. It’s funny that models who complain that they’re always objectified for their body (Ashley Graham, Emily Ratajowski, Kate Upton, etc) don’t use their money to go to college. It’s the nature of the business that most models have an expiration date, and there’s always another young girl willing to do anything to become famous.

Kate
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Kate

Seriously! That’s why I can respect models like Karlie Kloss. She went to NYU and runs a coding bootcamp for young girls. She has more going on than just her appearance.

rainbow22
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rainbow22
Some of the individual pieces/shoes are nice, but overall given her age she is not a head-turner and is a mess. At this point NOBODY is bullying her for her body, but it is her bread and butter. She needs to play the victim in order to keep the checks coming in! MILLIONS of overweight (white) females everywhere are living vicariously through this plastic surgeon-hacked-up creation, hoping that they too will somehow be seen as “beautiful”. She completely manipulates this insecurity and then pretends to be shocked about the attention. She tries her hardest to look like a poor man’s… Read more »
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