Hey curvy girls all over the world,
After a crowd pleasing lingerie show, Ashley Graham just hit us with another move she made. She is the October cover girl for Self Magazine. Besides Women’s Running magazine, very few plus size women have been featured on the covered of a women’s health magazine. So kudos to Ashley for getting this cover. I think it send a positve message about plus size women and health. I wrote an article about plus size women and working out, (Read HERE).
In the October issue,
Ashley talks candidly about her own personal struggles with her body.
I went from a size 12 to a size 18,” she says, trying to keep up with the constant partying and networking that seemed effortless to the other models and agents around her. “It was a dark place.” “It was the way that I was treating my body. I didn’t understand the health aspect of it.” “I looked at myself in the mirror and said, ‘I hate you. You’re so gross.” “I’m looking at my cellulite and my back fat and thinking, I have to go shoot lingerie tomorrow and smile, and I am heinous. How can I get through this?” “I remember one moment, like, boom. I was looking in the mirror, crying, and I started just saying, ‘I love you.’ ” From that day on, she made a conscious effort to speak to herself positively. “We’ve been taught to say negative things to ourselves—to pinch our fat and be like, ‘One day it’ll leave.’ To say ‘Sorry’ when someone bumps into us. So I decided to break that cycle,” she says. “But it didn’t happen overnight.”
She also spoke about how she felt when model Cheryl Tiegs criticized her weight.
“It was great—it brought up another talking point for girls like me to be like: How can you look at somebody and decide if they’re healthy? You can’t! I happen to be really healthy, but are you a doctor? No. And even if you are, Instagram is not the place.”
Ashley tells Self what her goal is as a body positive activist:
“I’m trying to change how women think about themselves. Some people just don’t get it—I’ve been denied jobs because I was too big. I’ve also been denied jobs because I was too small. At the end of the day, I’m never going to conform to what anybody wants. This is my body; I’m happy in it.”
Read Ashley’s full interview at Self
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