In­ter­na­tional plus size model Ash­ley Gra­ham on em­brac­ing your body

Ru­bina Mulla shows us how plus size su­per­model Ash­ley Gra­ham says no to body sham­ing and rocks her body.

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“I’m giv­ing curvy women a seat at a table that we’ve never been in­vited to be­fore - a table with high-end fash­ion peo­ple who have never con­sid­ered us beau­ti­ful.”

cre­ated a global im­pact when she graced the cover of Sports Il­lus­trated’s swim­suit edi­tion. ‘Ev­ery fig­ure is a per­fect fig­ure,’ is her be­lief.

As a flag­bearer for the curvy fig­ure in the fash­ion in­dus­try, Ash­ley Gra­ham is set to break the typ­i­cal stereo­type of hav­ing a reed-slim body. She has in­flu­enced many body pos­i­tiv­ity move­ments and has brought a re­mark­able change in the fash­ion in­dus­try.

The model’s In­sta­gram feed is proof of her body con­fi­dence as she grace­fully poses in biki­nis. “I’m giv­ing curvy women a seat at a table that we’ve never been in­vited to be­fore

“I don’t work out to lose weight or my curves, be­cause I love the skin I’m in.”

- a table with high-end fash­ion peo­ple who have never con­sid­ered us beau­ti­ful,” she avers. Her ba­sic ap­proach to­wards her body image is a breath of fresh air!

Ash­ley is rous­ing women to love them­selves, their bod­ies, and com­pelling so­ci­ety to change its stan­dards of beauty. She has her fair share of haters, and to those who trolled her work­out video on so­cial me­dia, she had a stout mes­sage: “I don’t work out to lose weight or my curves, be­cause I love the skin I’m in.”

The model has time and again proved that she is a force to reckon with. “The fash­ion in­dus­try may per­sist to la­bel me as ‘plus-size,’ but I like to think of it as ‘my size’, she as­serts.

Grow­ing up, her mother helped in­cul­cate a body pos­i­tive image in young Ash­ley and this im­pacted her deeply, lead­ing her to be­lieve that she was per­fect.

Ash­ley is pas­sion­ate about swimwear; she wants ev­ery woman, no mat­ter her size, to be able to en­joy swimwear. The model de­signed a line of swimwear for a fash­ion re­tail brand, Ad­di­tion Elle. For the 2018 re­sort wear col­lec­tion, they launched a cam­paign ‘Power of the Jour­ney’ which shows Ash­ley and her mother Linda Gra­ham, 53, don­ning biki­nis. They wanted to spread a strong mes­sage of body ac­cep­tance in the minds of women them­selves, some­thing that’s much needed in to­day’s times of un­re­al­is­tic body imag­ing and body sham­ing. At­ta­girl, Ash­ley!

Ash­ley with the ‘Ash­ley Gra­ham’ Bar­bie doll

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