Let's talk about Ashley Graham. It's time. In the past few months, we certainly have seen her make headlines in the world of celebrities. Safe to say she's become somewhat like the Adele of the fashion world. She was born the 30th October 1987, and for those of you that have been hiding under a rock for the past few months, she is an American model.
She first rocked the industry when she started to appear on the cover of several magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, and Elle. She's also made an appearance in several Levi's campaigns. It seems she made such a big impression because she is not your average model. She's curvy, she's big, and she's fabulous. Forget stick-thin models who look like they haven't eaten in 3 days; you won't find any of them here. Naturally, this provoked mixed reactions in the fashion world. Some people think it's great that the fashion industry is becoming more inclusive. Other people think it's an outrage. Personally, I'm neither here nor there. I think there should be an in-between; someone who is neither underweight or overweight, but we will get to that another time. I do like what Ashley Graham is doing for plus-sized people. It is definitely long overdue.
Her career began way back in 2001 but you've only probably recently began recognizing her as a model. She's got a beautiful face and let's just say she definitely has all the curves in all the right places. In this article find out 15 surprising facts about the rising star.
15 Star Struck
Ashley will openly admit that she gets starstruck when she crosses paths with celebs such as Karlie Kloss. When it comes down to attending A-list events turns out our Ashley is a total fangirl. At the end of the day she started out the same as me and you, and she clearly hasn't lost her sense of being down to earth. We think it's a good quality to possess. There is nothing more attractive than a down to earth girl. You can have the best face or body in the world but if you are a total jerk then it's a no from me. Personality is everything. Obviously, you have to be attracted to someone to date them, but it doesn't matter how hot a girl is if her personality sucks it's not even worth it. Graham has the perfect face, her cute little nose, her luscious hair, and gorgeous cheekbones, does it really get any better than that? I bet if you were to meet her on the street she would come across as a genuine girl, from a working-class family. If I was suddenly sprung into the limelight and had to go meet all my famous celebrities too I think I would freak out too. It's like a dream come true.
14 She's Super Tall
Ashley Graham is a walking giant and measures up at whopping 5'9 ft. She's basically an Amazonian woman. I bet that's one of the reasons she looks like she carries her weight so well. Just look at those legs they look like they go on forever and ever. It's nice to see that she keeps fit, just because she is plus-sized doesn't mean that she doesn't work out or lead a healthy lifestyle. Some people were simply born big-boned. When she first emerged on to the scene is was very easy for people to judge her without really getting to know her. They assumed she was big because she ate too much and was lazy when really that is not the case whatsoever. Ashley is known to hit the gym 3 times a week and lead an extremely balanced lifestyle. Some of us just weren't born to be the typical version of beautiful. After all, if we all looked the same where would be the fun in that? It's time we reinvented the lines of beauty and opened our eyes a little more to encompass the multitude of women out there who are stunning in their own right. God made us the way he saw fit. Remember that next time you go to judge someone before getting to know them.
She was one of the main influencers that help to found ALDA. For those of you who don't know ALDA is a massive collection of models who represent "beauty beyond size" and continually challenge the narrow perspective of the fashion industry. I hope she goes down in history as a woman who made monumental changes for a lot of people. It can't be easy for her being scrutinized and judged all the time, especially just before she made it big time. I can't imagine how many times she was turned away at auditions for told that she was too big. I hope one day she opens up and talks about all her struggles because I feel like it would teach the industry to become more inclusive. Over the last year few years, the fashion world has definitely opened up, and shed light on many conditions and people of all shapes and sizes. So, let's hope that people like Ashley Graham keep doing the work they do and continue to break down stereotypes.
12 Forbes' 30 Under 30
Ashley Graham was featured in the Forbes 30 under 30 list, which is down-right impressive. The list celebrates 600 of the biggest upcoming entrepreneurs and change-makers. Considering where her career started she has come a long way and who knows where she will end up. Seems to me that Ashley is a smart good-hearted woman. She's clever in the sense that now she has her foot in the door, she's not letting anything get in her way. I doubt she will stop at lingerie designing, who knows what's next on the cards for her. If you have any ideas please let us know in the comments section we would love to hear from you. I really really hope she comes out with her own line of clothing. Beauties like Khloe Kardashian have also decided enough is enough, she recently came out with her own jeans line called Good American, It should come as no surprise to anyone that it has done so well, because if you think about it, fashion designers have been neglecting this huge chunk of people fed up of wearing clothes that don't fit people properly for a long time.
11 She's Modelled For Big Brands
So although you may have only just started to recognize Ashley Graham on the runway, or on the cover of your favorite magazine, she has been around for a while and she has modelled for Levi's, Evans and Simply Be. I really love how she is representing all the women who struggle to get clothes to fit them properly. I really do hope it opens up the eyes of designers to be more inclusive and to really do the work to figure out what size fits who. Too often you go to a store to find that what you thought was your size, doesn't even fit you. Your size in one store may be different in another. Even when you manage to get something over your thighs often it doesn't fit properly around the waist, and quite frankly it's annoying. This is the 21st century for god's sake. Although I really do love what Ashley is doing for plus-sized people, I think there should be an in between. It's not right to give kids role models that are severely underweight and those who are on the chunkier side, what about a normal healthy weight, a tall woman with a weight of 11 stone for example. Regardless we think Ashley looks undeniably stunning here and she makes a great model for curvy women who want nice swimwear.
10 Her Body Positive Commercial Was Rejected By Multiple TV Stations
She has a reputation for people a little out there and she is always pushing the boundaries wherever she sees fit. Not many people know this but her Lane Bryant body positive commercial was rejected by multiple TV stations like NBC and ABC. The commercial featured Graham and other models nude, and one of the models is breastfeeding. We all know what a stir the whole breastfeeding saga has caused in recent years. Many celebrities took a standby revealing their nipples. Many people feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding, especially in public places, but if we are totally honest with ourselves it's why women were built the way they are, it's the way God intended it to be. Why else would he choose for them to start lactating during and after pregnancy? I kind of understand why some people don't really like it to happen in public places especially around children but if it is done discreetly I see no problem with it whatsoever. There is no telling when a baby will get hungry and when they need feeding, they need feeding. I'd much prefer that then them screaming loudly for the entire hour I eat my meal. Don't you agree?
9 Sports Illustrated
The cover that sent him soaring into the limelight was definitely the cover of Sports Illustrated. It was the first time that they had ever chosen a plus-sized model to be their cover girl. They noted "This cover is for every woman who ever felt like she wasn't beautiful enough", which I'm not entirely sure is a positive for the model. It's kind of like saying look all you plus-sized people you're not ugly after all, women should definitely learn to embrace the bodies they were given with more instead of constantly ridiculing and hating on themselves. I think confidence is the most attractive thing a woman can possess and Ashley Graham has a heap ton of it. She doesn't try to change too much the body she was given, she is what she is. She maintains a healthy lifestyle and she is representing all the plus-sized ladies of the world, and if that makes them feel better about themselves then it's got to be a good thing. Yes, she may be big but she carries her weight well and in all the right places. It just goes to show that you don't have to way 8 stone to make a way for yourself in the tough world of fashion.
8 She Was Discovered At The Mall
It seems as though the star was destined for fame. If you speak to any model about how they made their break they will often tell you that they fought for years to get anyone to even look at their portfolios. Ashley Graham was discovered by the I & I agency while was at the mall shopping in Lincoln, Nebraska. What are the chances of that? First off, she's not exactly your conventional model, and secondly at the mall! That never happens. Do you ever go through life thinking that certain people were made for certain things? Like that is what they were put on this earth to do. Well, she's one of them. She has a gorgeous face and has all the curves in all the right places, any man would be lucky to have her. I don't know if she's single or not but if she is I would 100% try to date her. She probably wouldn't even take a second look at me but a man can dream, can't he. One thing that stands out about her is that she also looks like she has an awesome personality. Her smile is infectious. You know you see some models and it looks like they are truly dead inside. She is not one of them.
7 She's A Lingerie Designer
Not only is she making moves on the runway this girl has tried her hand at designing underwear. She has her own line of lingered specifically designed for plus-sized women that you can find at the online Navabi according to my wife. My wife is a little on the larger side and I know how hard she finds it to get underwear that fits properly. It's nice to see Ashley doing big things for the people in a similar position to her. I think it is important for women to look and feel good, especially, when it comes to getting intimate with their partner. Hats off to her. They say the secret to a good career does not have all your eggs in one basket. It's nice to see the young and talented model broadening her horizons wherever and whenever she can. It's true what they say one size doesn't fit all. Even other brands that claim to cater to big sizes don't really know what they are doing. For heaven's sake, even I've tried things on before that say they are one size but are almost definitely not.
6 TED Talk
One of my favorite pass times is listening to the TED talks online. If you haven't already downloaded the app then I highly recommend that you do. Instead of watching cruddy TV (let's face it we all have a million channels, and there's STILL never anything good on), fill up on useful and insightful information. Trust me, it's addictive. There is a wide variety of guest speakers that appear on TED talks, each of them with their own unique insightful talks that will either enlighten or inspire you. Ashley Graham has proven that she is way more than a pretty face and a gorgeous body. She has a brain, which is more than most of these dead inside models can say for themselves. She is using her power for the greater good. Too many people who rise to fame lose themselves in the money and glory of it all, but every so often a diamond in the rough comes along to use it for the greater good. To make an impact, and to leave the world a better place than it was yesterday. Money makes a lot of people stupid, but when I see people who earn a lot of money and still super genuine, I cannot help but admire them. She is the definition of a true role model.
5 She Loves Beyonce's Behind
Ashley Graham is not afraid to admit that she is a huge Beyonce fan. She once noted that "Formation" was once her favorite song.It's good to see the ladies sticking together. I've always admired Beyonce too, she's not your conventional pop star, she's an artist. She has a message and she likes to convey it in certain ways, I bet these two girls have a lot more in common than you think. Although one is a model and one is a music superstar they are both curvaceous beauties who were clearly put on this earth to make a difference and give a voice to women. It is really exciting in recent years to see women rise to the top of their game if they continue at this speed who knows where we will be in ten or fifteen years. It's exciting. We need people to bend and break the rules so that we can make new less harmful ones. I'm pretty sure that if Ashley and Beyonce met they would be the best of friends, they each look like they have warm personalities, and they enjoy helping and empowering women, what's not to love.
4 She's A Humanitarian Hero
When it came to spreading her message she didn't stop in the Western world. Oh no, that would have been far too easy for her. She decided to bring her message about body image to elementary schools and even dabbles in humanitarian missions in South Africa. She has clearly recognized that the only way to create true and lasting change is to start with education. It's important for our next generations to know about issues like this in our world so that they can strive to change them as they get older. Hopefully, her efforts have helped to lower bullying and promote acceptance of all shapes and sizes. I think the true mark of a grounded and genuine celebrity is one who is willing to travel great distances to help others when they clearly don't have to. There is definitely a lot wrong with this world and for people like her it must be so easy to just ignore it, but no, she continues to do her bit to help better this world that we live in. I love this picture of her she looks smart and sassy in a sophisticated black blazer, and let's talk about that smile, truly infectious.
3 Size 16
For all of you woman reading this trying to judge what clothes size she actually is, Ashley Graham is a proud size 16. Her website's mantra is "Stand up for curves. Confidence is sexy" and we couldn't agree more. It's not what you are or what you wear it's how you wear it and it couldn't be truer. Just like age, a size is just a number. It's one of those awful traditions many women have become addicted to counting numbers, whether it's calories or clothes sizes it just all abuts much. At the end of the day, we know that a healthy person who goes to the gym often is going to have more muscle than a person that doesn't. Anyone with any sort of brain functioning knows those muscle ways a lot more than fat. So next time you step on to the scales bear that in mind. The conventions and standards you've grown up with should be questioned from time to time and it should be up to you to find the answers. I used to be such a freak growing up, when I outgrew size 8 I used to have this weird kind of shame looming over me, and then when I reached a size 12 I was utterly mortified, it was only until I started learning more and filling up on useful information that I came to realize what I had been tricking myself into thinking all these years was a bunch of garbage.
2 She Married Quickly
Ashley Graham is happily married to husband Justin Ervin. The pair met back in 2009, it seems it must have been love at first sight because they only needed a year before they got married. Shockingly, during the year they met both of them were completely abstinent, choosing to wait until marriage before becoming intimate. That is pretty much unheard of these days. Hats off to the couple we wish them all the happiness in the world. They look like a great couple, and we can only imagine what their kids will look like. Complete stunners. Sometimes people tell us not to rush into things such as marriage, but I guess when you know, you know. I really respect people who can wait before getting physically intimate with someone. However, can you imagine if you married someone and they turned out to be total crap in bed? You would be devastated, too late then, you can't exactly trade them in for another. You stuck with them for life. I'm pretty sure these two didn't have that problem though, I mean, look at them, they look like they have great chemistry together.
1 She Was Bullied Growing Up
Growing up Ashley Graham had to go through a number of ordeals. Not only was she tormented because of her size she was bullied for being dyslexic too. Despite all of the troubles as a young child she thrived. That mark of a true warrior princess. She once noted "Being told in the fourth grade that you're dyslexic and you're not going to be able to read properly does take its toll on you, and it really makes you believe you're dumb". It just goes to show that is often the people who go through the worst hardships that end up doing the best in life because ultimately it's all or nothing for them. They have nothing whatsoever to lose. Rather than sitting back and believing what she was told, she decided to forge her own path and for that, she deserves a lot of respect. She would be the type of woman who I would love my kids to look up to. Someone that defies all aspects of the convention, it's completely admirable. Too many just sit back and let life unfold for them, but instead, women like this are the ones doing the unfolding for themselves. They are discovering and sharing what it truly means to be human and safe to say it's nothing less than beautiful.