Plus Size and Positivity by Sonia Kang | July 24 2017, 0 Comments

By:Karishma Bhakta

There is no one in the fashion and modeling industry that empowers women on being beautiful and positive in whatever size they are.

Ashley Graham is a 29 year old plus size model who empowers young girls and women around the world to be happy with who they are and their size. She started her modeling career at the age of 13. At 15 years old, she starred in the #curvesinbikinis campaign where she appeared in Sports Illustrated as the first Plus size model in a swimsuit. That was her big breakthrough. Since then she modeled for Vogue and other popular magazines. In 2016, she was named woman of the year by Glamour and the Mattel Toy company made a first ever plus size model based on her. She continued being recognized for work as a body activist from Forbes, Time and People magazine.

"A business-savvy entrepreneur, Ashley collaborates with Canadian brand Addition Elle, Dressbarn and swimsuitsforall, for whom she designs lingerie, dress and swimwear collections."- Ashleygraham.com

She now appears as a TV personality and judge on America's Next Top Model. She continues to speak with high school students on body image. She gives speeches at events on female empowerment and self acceptance. In April 2017, she wrote a book, A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty and Power Really Look Like.

She is a strong empowering for young girls. We have so many images and celebrities that are all skinny and fantastic. This creates a mindset that to be popular and beautiful we have to be skinny. However, Graham encourages people to be happy with themselves and who they are. Confidence is what makes people beautiful not the size.

Ashley Graham married Justin Ervin, an African American filmmaker, when she took him home to Nebraska to visit her family for the first time. Her family was in shock. Her grandparents were not very kind and accepting. It took some time for her grandparents to accept her husband before they got married. She talks more about it in her book.

"It doesn't matter if you're a size 2 or 22, you can be healthy as long as you're taking care of your body, working out, and telling yourself 'I love you' instead of taking in the negativity of beauty standards."- Ashley Graham