Model Ashley Graham was just named one of ‘Glamour’ magazine’s Women Of The Year, and she’s sharing her inspiring story. Paving the way for plus-size models, Ashley says she wasn’t always as confident in her body as she is now. Ahead, see what she had to say on overcoming rejection in the industry and making her own modeling rules.
“When I was 17 or 18 years old, I was doing a group shot for this really big campaign, and one girl, who was probably a size 2 or 4, said to me, ‘Did you actually get paid for this job?’,” she told the mag. “I remember thinking, She’s asking me that because I’m fat.” Though she faced a lot of rejection due to her size over the years, Ashley said it was moments like that (as well as the support and advice from her mother) that made her vow to change the industry.
Telling Glamour that she created a vision board for herself of all that she wanted to achieve (her cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue where she became the first size-16 model ever was on that board), Ashley turned to social media to build a community of supporters and encourage girls to be confident in their bodies.
“I hope they look in the mirror and say, ‘I am beautiful,'” she said of her followers. “When you do that, it’s a whole other ball game — you start to understand that your words have power.”
Ashley’s not the only inspiring beauty on Glamour‘s list. The magazine’s December cover star, Gwen Stefani has been named one of the Women Of The Year, as well as other recognizable names like Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and Zendaya.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Ashley’s advice?