Ashley Graham has been modeling for almost 20 years, and she’s weathered many labels the trade has used to explain her physique. After a few revolutionary years, nonetheless, her profession is now not certified by phrases like “plus-size.” She’s merely a mannequin even perhaps a supermodel. As considered one of Vogue‘s January 2020 cowl stars, Ashley spoke about the progression of more multidimensional labels and how embracing her physique helped propel her profession.
“As I grew up in the plus-size industry, it was like everybody was trying to do away with that label get rid of it! and now we are in a generation where women are embracing plus-size again, they’re embracing the word fat, they’re embracing curvy and big girl, because women are not one-dimensional,” she instructed Jonathan Van Meter. “Why use just one word to describe such a wide variety of women?”
“I’m a curvy woman . . . It is who I am.”
The journey to changing into the revered body-positive champion she’s at present seen as didn’t, nonetheless, occur in a single day. “I’ve never been thin, so I don’t even know what that feels like. But I’ve had people tell me I needed to lose weight. I’ve tried every diet known to man, but they don’t work, because I’m a curvy woman a big-boned, healthy, corn-fed Nebraska girl. It is who I am,” Ashley mentioned. “And once I accepted that, the more confident I became, and that’s when my career really started to take off.”