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WHAT’S COOL, CUT­TING EDGE AND IM­POR­TANT IN FASH­ION

ELLE (Canada) - - In­sider -

When we reach Ash­ley Gra­ham over the phone, the model is fresh off a flight from Mon­treal, where she was shoot­ing Ad­di­tion Elle’s fall cam­paign. This is her 15th sea­son with the brand. She first started work­ing with Ad­di­tion Elle when she was 16; since then, she has col­lab­o­rated on de­sign­ing a trendy lin­gerie col­lec­tion and played a ma­jor role in help­ing trans­form the face of the mod­el­ling in­dus­try to be more in­clu­sive and di­verse. “I’ve al­ways been dif­fer­ent—too loud, too driven,” says Gra­ham. “I like to take on projects for the woman who doesn’t fit in be­cause I know ex­actly how she feels.” These days, Gra­ham, who is po­lite and down-to-earth (she ac­tu­ally thanked us for tak­ing the time to chat), is com­fort­able with call­ing her­self a role model: “Hav­ing women in their 20s and 30s come up to me and say they have more con­fi­dence is an amaz­ing, amaz­ing feel­ing.” An­other great feel­ing? Walk­ing the Michael Kors fall/win­ter 2017 show at New York Fash­ion Week. “Michael made a huge state­ment,” she says. “He has car­ried plus sizes for so long, but to ac­tu­ally have the rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the run­way was a big deal.” As the 29-year-old re­flects on a whirl­wind year (a TEDTalk and a newly pub­lished mem­oir are just two of the high­lights), she re­veals that it was all on her vi­sion board—yes, she keeps an ac­tual vi­sion board. Some­times she’s mo­men­tar­ily awestruck by this dreams-re­ally-do-come-true re­al­iza­tion. “I just stare at it and think ‘Holy moly!’” she says. “Giv­ing my time to tell peo­ple to love the skin they’re in—those are the piv­otal mo­ments I cher­ish.”

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