“I look at myself naked in the mirror and say, "You know what, awkward butt shape? You’re not gonna get higher or rounder but it’s OK, because I’ve got Spanx for you." Your words have so much power. Every day, if you tell yourself "I love you," if you give yourself one word of validation, it will change your mind.”
“I got most of my confidence by having a mother who never said "I don’t like this or this." It was just, "You’ve got to love what you have because it is the only body that has been given." I know that is where a lot of my confidence came from.”
“For me, wearing lingerie isn’t about anyone else but me. If I dressed for others I would be a miserable person.”
Ashley Graham (born Ashley Ann Graham in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1987) is an American model. Ashley was 12 years old when the I & I Agency discovered her while she was shopping at the Oak View Mall in Omaha, Nebraska. In 2001, she signed with Wilhelmia Models after attending a model convention and in 2003, she signed with Ford Models. At the start of Ashley’s career, she appeared in YM and was profiled by Sally Singer of Vogue in 2007. In 2009, Ashley was featured in a Glamour editorial, along with models liked Kate Dillon Levin and Crystal Renn. In 2010, Ashely was photographed for an editorial in Bust magazine, and she appeared in the pre-fall collection and beauty editorial in the May 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. With her career taking off, Ashley has modeled for several Levi’s campaigns, as well as for Layne Bryant, Marina Rinaldi, Evans, Hanes, Liz Claiborne Macy’s and Bloomingdales. She has also appeared in Vogue and on the cover of Elle Quebec. In 2013, she designed a lingerie line for Additon Elle, a Canadian plus-size retailer. In 2012, she was named Model of the Year by Full Figured Fashion Week and in 2015, Swimsuits For All featured Ashley in an advertisement in Sport Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue.
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Ashley Graham is best known as a model of plus-size clothing and lingerie.
Ashley is a motivational speaker, appearing at high schools to talk about body image and body acceptance. She has participated in humanitarian missions to South Africa with the Themba Foundation. Ashley met Justin Ervin, a videographer, at church in 2009. They were married in 2010.