Ashley Graham is making history as she continues to empower the Curvy Girl Revolution. She began modeling in Lincoln, Nebraska at 12-years-old. She is known for her work with Lane Bryant and has been featured in Vogue, Glamour and is now showcased in this year’s swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated. Ashley is bringing sexy back in a new way.
At a voluptuous size 16 Ashley is showing the world that it does not take a small frame to be considered beautiful. A pioneer in the curvy girl phenomenon, she has quickly become one of the most recognizable faces for plus-size models. Ashley already has her own lingerie line with Addition Elle, but is not stopping there; she is planning on one day having her own plus-size apparel company.
With this curvy girl revolution Ashley helps to redefine sexy for a “small-minded” society. Showing off her curves in a tiny black string bikini, she wants the world to understand that sexy comes in various shapes and sizes. The supermodel intends to overthrow the myth that healthy and skinny are synonymous. In order to assist women with fuller size bodies Ashley started Curvy Fit Club, which is her own line of web-based workout videos.
The videos are designed to help full-figured women with larger frames stay healthy. The belief is even as women learn to pay closer attention to a healthy lifestyle it does not alter the truth that people will always come in a variety of shapes and sizes. No matter how people try to starve themselves some will still be curvy.
The curvy girl revolution is designed to encourage women to see that they are beautiful regardless of their size. There are people who have transitioned their perspective as it relates to curvy women but many are still overly critical and very judgmental. Ashley wants women to love themselves regardless of their curves and takes pride in helping push the revolution of a new movement where plus sized beauties are truly accepted. Her mantra is:
Stand up for curves, confidence is sexy.
Even after more than a decade of modeling plus size clothing, Ashley says, “You’re too fat” is still a regular insult in her world. She has been taunted all of her life for her weight but has learned to embrace her curves and wants other to do the same. The super-model said she is regularly subjected to much verbal abuse, not just outside of the industry, but inside as well. In order to make it in the plus size industry Ashley understands thick skin is a must. In a statement the model said:
I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone to know that theirs are too. This is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt. The world is ready for more curves in bikinis.
Ashley believes this change is something normal women need to see; this gives them confidence when they can see curvy women like themselves in magazines and on catwalks. It appears the tide is finally turning as Ashley Graham graced the pages of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue which was released on February 9.
by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)