Ashley Graham’s career continues to soar as the model is adding another accomplishment to her resume — a seriously sexy ‘Cosmopolitan’ cover! Ashley posed in a bra and corset, flaunting her cleavage for the sultry shoot.
Ashley Graham, 28, stripped down for the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine’s August 2016 issue, where the model put her curves on display in a sexy corset — and she looks amazing! Inside the mag, she opened up about how she feels about the term plus-size and her personal life.
Ashley explained why her role in fashion is so important for the plus-size community — even if she doesn’t refer to herself as plus-size. “Just because I’m not calling myself plus size doesn’t mean I’m not representing a woman who is… I’m giving curvy women a seat at a table that we’ve never been invited to before—a table with high-end fashion people who have never considered us beautiful,” she said.
She also opened up about a past relationship, when she dated an alcoholic, and the impact it had on her. “He was abusive in more than one way… He threw a couch on me. He came home drunk. I was sitting on it, and he flipped it upside down. I remember my elbow being jammed but thinking, He didn’t hit me; he was just really angry, you know? You hear stories of women who say the exact same thing—I wasn’t showing up with bruises, he wasn’t beating me every day. Looking back, I should’ve left, but I was an insecure woman in a terrible relationship who did not know herself.”
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Ashley’s currently happily married to husband Jusin Ervin, but their interracial relationship is still the subject of internet trolls. “One comment on Instagram was ‘I knew a girl her size could only be with a black guy.’ I think that’s so ugly. But we talk about the fact that I’m white and he’s black all the time. I’ve seen how racist America is. It’s opened my eyes to how ignorant I have been, how white privilege has taken over a lot of my thoughts and actions because it’s just something that I take for granted,” she said.
For more on Ashley, be sure to scoop up the August issue of Cosmopolitan.