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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Ashley Graham: “I hit bottom around 18. I was disgusted with myself”

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On having cellulite:

It doesn’t define my worth. If women like you and me continue to preach that, then I feel like younger girls are going to grasp it and they’re going to be like: “Who cares!” I remember my first signs of cellulite, in middle school. I remember telling my mom: “Isn’t it disgusting? It’s so ugly.” She rolled down her pants and said: “Look, I have it, too.” And I was like, “Gasp!” She looked at me, then at it, and just rolled her eyes. She didn’t tell me that it’s beautiful or ugly, she just made it a nonissue. To this day that sticks with me because I’m here today and I feel that it’s okay to have cellulite.

On the things she was told when she first started out as a model:

“You’re fat,” “You’re ugly” or “You’re just not good enough,” and trying to live in these model standards, that was my normal. I think I hit bottom around 18. I was disgusted with myself and told my mom I was coming home. And my mother told me: “No, you’re not, because you told me that this was what you wanted and I know you’re supposed to do this. It doesn’t matter what you think about your body, because your body is supposed to change somebody’s life.”

… says Ashley.

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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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