Hey curvy girls all over the world,
After an uber successful 2016, our girl Ashley Graham is starting the new year off right. Graham just got back from vacation and debut her recent spread in V-Magazine. I don’t think we’ve ever seen Ashley in an editorial like this. We’ve always seen Ashley in sexy magazine spreads but rarely in one that is provocative.
The Top Model judge was interviewed for V-Magazine by actress and comedian Chelsea Handler. In the interview Chelsea asked Ashley about being a role model.
What is it like now that all of these women are looking to you as a role model? And how does it feel when people ask you what it’s like to be a plus-size model, on a scale of 1-10?
Ashley said: It’s an 11. I can’t stand that question anymore. I mean, I’ve been doing this now for 17 years and I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve spoken up about the label “plus-size.” I don’t think women should be labeled at all. I think that it’s completely divisive. But, for whatever reason, I am the one that has been given the opportunity to be on so many covers and to have a voice. I don’t take that lightly and I think that being the voice and face for so many women that haven’t been represented— in fashion, or film, or TV—is encouraging, it’s amazing. Some days I forget that and then someone comes to me crying and says, “Because of you, I wore shorts today,” or I’ll get an email that says, “I had sex with my husband with the lights on.” At those moments, I’m like, Wow, you are changing people’s lives, and you’re doing it by just being yourself.
Ashley also talks about her work on empowering women through her coalition ALDA:
Ashley says: Well, every summer we go to a weight-loss camp—it’s called a “weight-loss camp,” but really it’s for girls whose parents place them in this camp because they have issues with weight on various levels. We go there and we talk to them about being comfortable in your own skin, because clearly they are at this camp for a reason. ALDA is also having conversations with multiple designers about putting curves on the runway—Christian Siriano being one who is receptive to this.
Ashley was shot by photographer Steven Klein and styled by Robbie Spencer. You can read the rest of her interview HERE