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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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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