No one can deny that Ashley Graham has been making strides for the plus-size community! If you don't know who she is, her most recent accomplishments in the fashion industry can be summed up in this one photo:
She also graced the cover of Cosmopolitan's August issue!
And if that's not enough to convince you, Joe Jonas personally picked her to be his love interest for DNCE's music video for "Toothbrush."
Despite her well-deserved success, Ashley Graham is no stranger to body shamers. Now, not only is she being criticized for "being too fat," she is also getting heat from her fans for "turning her back on plus-size girls" and "being too thin." In a piece she did for Lenny Letter, Ashley opens up about the kind of feedback she gets as a plus-size model: "To some I'm too curvy. To others I'm too tall, too busty, too loud, and, now, too small—too much, but at the same time not enough. When I post a photo from a "good angle," I receive criticism for looking smaller and selling out. When I post photos showing my cellulite, stretch marks, and rolls, I'm accused of promoting obesity. The cycle of body-shaming needs to end. I'm over it."
Ashley reiterates that she is "not just here for the size 8s (where plus-size modeling starts) or the size 14s (my current size) or the size 18s ([her] former size). [She] is here for all women who don't feel comfortable in their skin, who need a reminder that their unique bodies are beautiful. [She's] very proud of [her] work as a model, and even more proud of the work we've all done to raise awareness for body positivity and size diversity within the fashion industry."
"I refuse to let others dictate how I live my life and what my body should look like for their own comfort. And neither should you."
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