In 2017, Ashley Graham became one of the first curvy models to sign a big beauty contract. She uses platforms like that to push the body positivity movement to light.
When Ashley was a teenager, she got the opportunity to do a group shot for a big campaign, and a girl who was a size two went up to her and said: “Did you actually get paid for this job?”
I’m sure that young lady wouldn’t have said that if she knew what an impact Ashely would be making on the modeling industry later on in life. This is one of the experiences Ashley had that made her want to be a body image activist. She wasn’t always as confident as she is now and she wants to make sure no girl feels the way she used to feel.
When Ashley moved to New York to be a full-time model, she gave up after being rejected so many times. Her mom told her “you’re there for a reason. Your body is there to change the lives of people.” With those words of encouragement, Ashley got back up and used her Instagram as a platform to show girls that beauty is beyond size. Her goal is to see many curvy models walking the runway of high end shows specifically like, Givenchy and Dolce and Gabbana.
She believes that there aren’t enough clothes for curvy girls which is why she has created multiple clothing lines for sizes 4 to 24. Now she is making her mark on the hit show, “America’s Next Top Model” breaking boundaries and showing potential models that a cute face isn’t the only thing you need in the modeling industry.
Thank you, Ashley, for making all girls feel beautiful in their skin. She is a girl with beauty and brains.