On her positive upbringing:
My mom is a very encouraging woman. My whole life she told me, ‘You have to love who you are. You have an amazing personality, you have a great heart. Just be who you are.’ My mom never said, ‘I feel so ugly’, she never looked at her face and said, ‘I need a lift.’ I never saw her looking at herself negatively and therefore I never looked at myself that way. But some people aren’t as lucky to have a mother like mine, which is why we need curvy role models. I was told to look up to Marilyn Monroe and J.Lo, because those were the only two curvy women considered beautiful. We need role models for young girls who say, ‘Embrace your curves. Who cares that your body isn’t perfect?’
On her role as a plus-size model:
I’m meant to spread the word and change beauty and body standards in the fashion industry. And even outside the industry, in my whole community. A year and a half ago, I started a group called ALDA it means ‘wave’ in Icelandic with four other plus-size models. We go to schools to talk about body image acceptance.“We’re in the MIDDLE of a great conversation but we have YEARS before we hit the PEAK. Curves are here to stay.”
… says Ashley in The Edit.
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