- Name: Ashley Graham
- Birthday: October 30, 1987 (aged 34)
- Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
- Height: 175 cm
- Weight: 91 kg
- Career: model
- Zodiac sign: Scorpio ( characteristic )
Biography of Ashley Graham
Ashley Ann Graham is one of the most successful plus-size models in the fashion industry. Breaking stereotypes, she actively promotes the beauty of obese women and encourages them to be proud of their figure with any parameters that nature has given them. She starred in many glossy magazines – Glamour, Elle UK, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, O Magazine, and Latina, and worked with the most famous designers.
The girl gained the greatest popularity by advertising lingerie for overweight girls for plus size clothing brand Lane Bryant. In 2010, a commercial for this brand with her participation collected more than 800 thousand views on Youtube.
In 2017, she was chosen as the co-host of the Miss Universe 2016 pageant and appeared on the red carpet of the Asia Arena Manila shopping center in a bold transparent dress by Roberto Cavalli.
The future top model was born on October 30, 1987 in the capital of Nebraska, the city of Lincoln, in a family of modest means. The girl was the eldest of three daughters, so she had to constantly look after her younger sisters. It is known that on the mother’s side in their family there were ethnic Germans from Russia.
Ashley was never thin, she was a plump girl, and from an early age she felt all the difficulties of an overweight person’s life. Peers laughed at her, at school they teased her with “loose thigh”, “donut” and other offensive words. Her fullness was criticized even by her father. She grew up as a shy and insecure child.
But everything changed when she was 12 years old. In a store in the nearby city of Omaha, the girl’s natural beauty caught the attention of an I&I model scout, who offered a collaboration that launched her successful career in the fashion industry.
A year later, the girl signed a contract with one of the most famous modeling agencies in the world – Wilhelmina Models. Her life has changed, she enthusiastically learned to dress stylishly and express herself through outfits. At the age of 15, Graham entered into a new contract with Ford Models, after which her photos were published on the pages of YM teen magazine, then the girl took part in a Vogue photo shoot.
After 2 years, in company with Amy Lemons, Kate Dillon, Jenny Rank and other models of non-standard build, the girl starred for the cult female gloss Glamor in the famous photo shoot, which proclaimed the thesis of the beauty of female bodies in any size. After that, the whole modeling world started talking about her.
In 2010, the beauty appeared in a provocative television advertisement for Lane Bryant lingerie, which caused a real “holivar” in the news comments. She discussed the situation on the NBC talk show Tonight with host Jay Leno, arguing that you should not be ashamed of your body, whatever it may be. In December of the same year, she was invited to shoot for the feminist magazine BUST, as well as Levi Strauss & Co. denim collections, including the Boyfriend Collection F/W 10 and Curve ID S/S.
In 2012, Ashley collaborated with the brand’s Marina Rinaldi, Addition Elle, Evans, Bloomingdale department store, Elomi lingerie, Hanes lingerie stores, paraded at shows of world brands, shone in other projects, destroying the idea of accepted beauty standards and proving that it is stylish to look and effectively possible with any complexion.
During the most important event in the fashion industry – Full Figured Fashion Week (Fashion Week for fat ladies) 2012 – she was named Model of the year, and the recognition of FFFWeek is considered the “Oscar” in the plus-size industry. The image of the fashion model appeared not only in famous magazines and catalogs but also on huge billboards, as well as on television, where Ashley tirelessly defended the right of girls with forms to become sex symbols of their era.
In 2013, the leader of the body positivity movement showed herself as a talented designer, has developed a collection of lingerie for large ladies. She personally demonstrated it on the pages of Addition Elle.
In addition, during the same period, the girl participated in the reality show “Made” (“The Impossible is Possible”), broadcast on MTV and aimed at teenagers who want to achieve greater success in various fields – in sports, singing, dancing, etc. They are assisted in this by the so-called “Made Coach”. Ashley, as an expert in her field, appeared on the program as a mentor to aspiring models with mouth-watering forms.
The next achievement of the fashion industry star, who does not tire of calling on women with curves to love their bodies, was her appearance in Harper’s Bazaar in the May 2014 Pre-Fall collection, which revealed the main trends of the coming season to fashionistas. She then posed for Elle Quebec and became the subject of its June issue.
An important step in Graham’s path to fame was also the publication of her picture in a bathing suit in the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was the first plus size model to be featured on the cover of this iconic sports magazine. The placement of a photo in a publication of this level, according to some sources, is evidence of the achievement of a supermodel status by a fashion model.
In the spring of 2016, the puffy beauty starred in the music video for the song Toothbrush by DNCE, acting as the muse of its lead singer Joe Jonas. According to the plot, their casual acquaintance in the club smoothly turned into hot sex scenes, kisses, romantic walks together and cozy evenings watching TV. The video has received over 5 million views on the band’s YouTube channel.
In the summer of the same year, she became the “face” of the Swedish fashion brand H&M, Swimsuits For All bikini brand, later posed for Vogue, collaborated with Forever 21 and Nydj, and also impressed with her luxurious curves, seductive poses and demonstration of sexuality in the British LOVE Magazine calendar, famous for its provocative content.
Ashley Graham Personal Life
The top model is married. With their chosen one, film producer and director Justin Ervin, they first met in church in 2009 and got married a year later. He is a supporter of a positive attitude towards fullness and an adherent of the ideas of the Health at Any Size movement.
Before meeting him, she had boyfriends, always focusing on her overweight. They broke off relations with her because of fears that with age she would become even fuller. The girl admitted that she used to worry about her forms, sometimes it even seemed to her that she was the fattest in the world. But then, looking in the mirror, she called herself brave, beautiful, magnificent, and gradually came to terms with her own body and learned to love herself for who she is.
Ashley spends a lot of time in the gym, causing bewilderment among her fans, who are afraid that she wants to lose weight. According to the model, she trains not to lose weight, but to be healthy, strong and energetic.
Ashley Graham Now
One of the most sought-after fashion models “plus” continues to make stunning progress in her chosen field. In 2017, she walked the Michael Kors catwalk during New York Fashion Week and was a judge on America’s Next Top Model, a rated TV show where contestants compete for the right to work in the beauty industry.
Having completely got rid of her complexes, she posed in a transparent bathing suit for Sports Illustrated, showed a naked body in an advertisement for a new collection by an American designer of Nepalese origin Prabal Gurung, in a photo shoot for the largest New York publication VMagazine, appeared on the cover of the French glossy Elle.
On her Instagram, she posted a nude photo taken while taking a shower, filmed right on the streets of New York in her underwear, declaring that she was not ashamed of her cellulite.
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