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Size 16 Ashley Graham in The Edit

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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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Hannah Louisa
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She is stunning.

marie
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marie
i wish we could get to a point where magazines can feature women of any size without going all “ooh look at us, we put a big girl in our magazine” it feels fake, like they’re just keeping up with the body size trend like it was the season’s fashion trend on boyfriend jeans or something fickle. and pleeease magazines stop using photoshop, it is obvious , pleease stop. especially when you have a cover that preaches “Learn to love your body at any size” or something positive and then we see a photoshopped woman staring at us. Arreter s’il… Read more »
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god she’s gorgeous

PS
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I seriously love what she said about her mother. I’m among the unfortunate ones who grew up amongst women who were scrutininzing and criticising themselves and every other woman they saw. It had a huge negative impact and for me it would be great if everybody could stick to accept that every size is beautiful in it’s own way while honestly admitting what you prefer without being meand and discriminating towards different opinions!

Sabina
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Sabina

you can begin to love yourself any time, in spite of your upbringing. it can be done

lc
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Marilyn Monroe was like a modern day size 2 in her heyday, at her heaviest a modern day size 8 in her later years. People need to stop using her as some plus-size role model, because she is NOT. Good grief.

ar
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I agree ..I don’t think j Lo is plus size either ..just more junk in the trunk , and in all of her music videos , she does not have an inch of fat around her belly or anything extra on her arms ..she is/was considered curvy but not plus size . Marilyn might not have had the body of someone who constantly works out , she was a little soft , but jLo , despite being curvy looks very strong and toned. Not plus size people need to stop equating plus size with curvy despite this site’s name ,… Read more »
jackie
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jackie

I agree. However she was also quite short. A size 8 looks bigger on a short person than on a tall model.

Haley
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Haley

I don’t think Marilyn was short. I believe she was 5 feet and 5.5 inches/166 cm. That is the height of, or taller than, the average woman in the US.

lc
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Yeah she was not “short” she was 5’5″…average.

CarrieD
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CarrieD
I think she has a stunning face. Also, from I can tell from these photoshopped pics, a pretty good body. There are many plus-size models that have a not so large frame, you can tell they have narrow shoulders and waists, etc. But they are very overweight. And then others, like Ashley, have a broader frame and probably gain weight evenly. That’s why you she doesn’t seem to have “fat rolls” or anything, just more mass, and a broader figure. To me, if that is the case, this looks better and is probably healthier than the other situation. I like… Read more »
Demi
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Demi

Marilyn Monroe was not plus size at all. Why are people making a big deal of her when it comes to being plussize? She was curvy and soft but still pretty slim and petite. She looked heavier on some bikini pictures but i’m sure she was still skinny if you would have put her next to a thicker woman. You don’t have to be overweight to be curvy.

Robin Stach
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Robin Stach
Marilyn’s measurements early in her early career was 35-22-36 (people measured her clothes from then which were custom made) and before she died she hit 36-25 (or 26)-37 (also measured at auctions based on clothes she wore later). She was a us size 4 early on and moved up to about a size 6 unless you go by her bust size then she was a us size 6 to us size 8. Essentially when one is a slim hourglass no clothes fit since they are designed for ruler shapes and sized for pear shapes. If she were just 2 inches… Read more »
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