(Photo: Swimsuits For All / Ben Watts)
Sought-after supermodel Ashley Graham isn’t just another pretty face; she’s changing the game of the fashion industry by making it a more inclusive, body-positive place. Her inspirational attitude radiates in every snap she posts, and the public responds to the ways she’s making waves.
To celebrate her accomplishments, we rounded up five times that Ashley Graham fueled us all to feel beautiful, inside and out.
When she became the first plus-size model to walk the runway for Michael Kors:
At this year's NYFW presentation, Ashley Graham made history by becoming the first plus-size model to walk a Michael Kors runway show. Alongside big-name veterans including Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, Ashley strutted her stuff and taught the world a thing or two about “#beautybeyondsize” (one of her favorite hashtags). She celebrated on Instagram, captioning her stunning runway photo with a personal message to Kors: "Michael! Thank you for the opportunity and [for] showing that beauty comes in many different forms!”
When she partnered with Swimsuits For All:
No stranger to the struggles of swimsuit shopping for a not-quite-sample-size body while still maintaining her own vibrant and sexy sense of style, it makes sense that Graham would team up with Swimsuits For All. Her collection with the body positive brand includes sizes 6-22 in a variety of silhouettes to flatter any figure. Graham is busy with a few other collabs at the moment, too; her lingerie collection for Addition Elle brings a similarly savvy mindset to the bedroom.
And again, when she rejected ageism at her Swimsuits For All shoot:
Not content just to endorse self-love at any size, Ashley takes it a step further with her boundary-busting promos for Swimsuits For All, where she rejects ageism with a feel-good shoot that showcases beauty at any age. Alongside an image of herself “twinning” with an advanced style icon, Ashley captioned, “You can rock my new swimsuits at any age!”
When she posted a bracingly honest bikini photo:
During a recent vacation, Ashley posted an ultra-honest photo of what it’s really like to be her—without the airbrushing, filters and flattering light of a photo shoot. In her candid caption, Ashley stated that she wasn’t ashamed of “a few lumps, bumps, or cellulite... and you shouldn’t be either.” Ashley sent a strong message to haters with this no-holds-barred account of what it’s like to be comfortable in your own skin—and we couldn’t be more on board.
When she became the first size 16 model to own the cover the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit:
Ashley Graham made waves as the first size 16 model to cover the illustrious 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit, making it known loud and clear that any size can be sexy. While there were some who weren’t ready to see this kind of change, it seems that Ashley Graham’s fans have spoken. Ashley has made it clear that her place in the world of modeling wasn’t just a passing fad; she returns in this year’s issue, showing off self-love and confidence in a special swimsuit spread that she describes as “Vogue vibes.”