Beauty is Beyond Size #TWF

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.

The Game Changer of Feminism #TWF

You might recognize this beauty from her role in the Harry Potter series, and more recently, in  Beauty and the Beast. Although she is an actress, she is also an unapologetic feminist. Our terrific woman this Friday is Emma Watson!

In 2014 she was appointed as a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador and led a campaign called #HeforShe, which was a call for men to advocate for gender equality. Emma believes that a lot of feminist groups have also become a men hating group as well, but they shouldn’t go hand in hand. Emma acknowledged how feminism can benefit both men and women.

“We don’t often talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes, but I can see that they are and that when they are free, things will change for women as a natural consequence…If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled.”

Although I have never thought about it like that, Emma is right and is on the right path to making a difference. She believes if men actually join the movement and stand up to other men who aren’t treating women respectfully, it can cause a positive domino effect and change the way men view women.

Something I love about Emma is that she created a fierce feminist book club and hides books in public places for others to discover. How cool and creative is that?!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's COSTUME INSTITUTE Benefit Celebrating the Opening of Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, Arrivals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, New York, America - 02 May 2016

Thank you, Emma, for continuously using your platform to speak on feminism and also teaching people what feminism is really about. Emma Watson is a girl with beauty and brains!