Ashley Graham “can’t stop” and won’t stop changing the history of fashion.
The plus-size model has been breaking boundaries in the industry over the last few years and became the first larger lady to feature on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue in February (16). She often speaks out to defend her figure, calling out people like Cheryl Tiegs who have been nasty about her, as Ashley believes this is just the beginning of something big in the business.
Oh my god, this is such an important time in history,” she told cosmopolitan.com. “We are looking at beauty beyond size – wink, wink, my hashtag. We’re also looking at beauty beyond race and age, and i think it’s very important that we continue to keep this momentum going. That’s wht I can’t stop and I won’t stop, and i’m just gonna keep on moving.
Ashley has also landed the cover of Maxim and is the face of Forever 21’s plus-size activewear range and brand Lane Bryant. However, her recent advertisement for the label ended up being banned due to Ashley and other curvy ladies appearing undressed or in lingerie in the clip.
The hashtag #ThisBody was used to spread the word of the campaign and a representative from Lane Bryant stood up for the company’s choice of ad in March (16).
The THIS BODY campaign was meant to be a fun way for us to celebrate and honour women of all shapes and sizes,” they told People.
What is too much for some does not hold true for others. All women should be celebrated and feel empowered to express themselves as they see fit. We want her to know she can attract as much media attention, look just as striking as any woman, and decide what beautiful means to her.