Ashley Graham stripped down to pose completely nude in a photoshoot for V Magazine to promote body confidence and to encourage her fans not to be ashamed of their curves.
The publication shared one of the pictures of Ashley Graham's nude photoshoot on Instagram with the caption: "@theashleygraham bares all in black and white and talks to her friend @traceeellisross about role models, mothers, and mantras for #V107. Read the full story now in the link in our bio. Photographed by @mario_sorrenti, styled by @georgecortina."
The black and white image shows the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model lying face down with her pert posterior perched in the air. The brunette beauty's long locks are teased across her back while she folds her arms in front of her. While Graham's hourglass shape is on full display in the photo, she wasn't always as comfortable in her own skin.
The revealing snap was all part of Ashley Graham's mission to promote body confidence. In fact, the 29-year-old model explained that she first learned of cellulite as a preteen, and credits her mother with helping her build up her self-esteem.
"I remember my first signs of cellulite, in middle school. I remember telling my mom 'Isn't it disgusting? It's so ugly.' She pulled her pants down and said, 'Look, I have it, too. And I was like, 'Gasp!' " she said.
Graham's mom wouldn't allow her to fall into a pit of self-doubt or getting caught up in body-shame.
"She looked at me, then at it, and just rolled her eyes," Graham says. "She didn't tell me that it's beautiful or ugly. She just made it a nonissue."
Even though she is one of the most sought-after supermodels in the world, Ashely Graham revealed that she was inspired by female singers in her preteen years.
"Growing up, I idolized Beyoncé, J.Lo, and the Spice Girls," she said. "I was a mix between Ginger and Scary Spice."
Now that she is older, the Vogue cover girl explained that there are different women that she looks up to for direction.
"Today I have two role models. One of them is my mom," Graham says. "Just seeing how happy she has been going through [life] and how she's handled every curveball is like, that's a women who has integrity and dignity and has been kind and generous to people around her."
"Business-wise, it's Kathy Ireland, she's OG. When she was young and in Sports Illustrated she was like, I'm going to sell some socks and make a business. Now she has a billion-dollar company. Kathy Ireland, if you're out there, I'm still trying to be your best friend. You're on my vision board."
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