You may recognize Ashley Graham from the cover of all the hottest magazines, campaigns for some of the biggest high-fashion brands, numerous TV hosting gigs, her memoir, her TEDx Talk, or her lingerie line. The woman is taking over the world. In a new revealing interview with New York Magazine, Graham got honest about her position as a body positive advocate in the modeling world, and what that really means. Plus, she gave us some juicy details about her past relationships, specifically the ridiculous reason her first high school boyfriend broke it off.
In case you missed it, supermodel Ashley Graham is the face of the body positive movement.
She is a body activist, a huge part of the #BeautyBeyondSize movement, and a literal icon in the modeling world.
Graham has been everywhere lately.
In addition to being confident and gorgeous, she uses her fame to spread the message that all bodies are beautiful.
In a recent interview with New York Magazine, Graham spoke candidly about her life as a non-straight size model.
Graham rejects the term ‘plus-size’ “because she thinks there’s an inherent implication of a dividing line between the ‘normal’-bodied and the ‘other,'” according to New York Magazine.
She prefers the term "curvy" or "curve" model and works hard every day to project confidence in her body.
It wasn’t always so easy.
In a particularly honest moment in the interview, Graham revealed that “her first boyfriend in high school broke up with her because he said he was afraid she’d someday be as fat as his mom.”
Um, how awful is that?
"That really made me hyperaware that I am a big girl, and that's how people see me," Graham said.
After that breakup, she stayed in an emotionally abusive relationship for way too long “because that ex-boyfriend was the first man who seemed to appreciate her body.”