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.