Plus Size Model Ashley Graham Talks Curves At Forbes' Under 30 Summit
Ashley Graham, who hit headlines at NYFW is continuing to promote body confidence and acceptance saying: "I'm using my body to let other women know that imperfections are OK. That cellulite, rolls, curves, all of it, things that jiggle that ''shouldn't be jiggling''- it's OK."
You may remember Ashley James strutting her stuff down the runway at this year's New York Fashion Week to debut her curve-loving lingerie line. During the show, guests were encouraged to use the hashtag #IAmSizeSexy and #PlusIsEqual to promote body diversity and confidence.
And the 27-year-old plus size model and designer isn't just breaking down barriers in the fashion industry, but she's working to change the world, too. And we're all about celebrating curves and beautiful women of all shapes and sizes!
Speaking at the Forbes' Under 30 summit in Philadelphia last week, the size 16 stunner said: "I want young girls to know: I’m here for you,
"I didn’t have anyone growing up. I had my mum and she is amazing, but I didn’t have a celebrity or a role model in the fashion industry to look up to.
"So, I want to say I’m here for you. I’m doing the best I can. Join me. Let’s hashtag it away. Let’s Instagram it. Let’s talk about our body issues together. Because if we’re not doing it as a community, it’s not going to change."
Speaking about shaking up the fashion industry, the plus size pioneer added: "I like to think that I'm not trying to be a disruptor, I actually am disrupting the industry. It's been a long time coming, I've been modelling for the past 15 years, I've been considered a plus size model for the past 15 years.
"I started modelling when I was 12-years-old, I was 5"9 and a size 12, believe it or not... I've really been trying to chop down this tree for so long, and now finally people are hearing me because I'm using my body to let other women know that imperfections are OK. That cellulite, rolls, curves, all of it, things that jiggle that ''shouldn't be jiggling''- it's OK."
And we're not the only ones who LOVE Ashley Graham. Khloe Kardashian is praising the plus size model too, sharing the lingerie shot that hit headlines at New York Fashion week, to her Instagram.