upermodel Ashley Graham thinks the modeling industry has a big problem.
A big race problem.
If we could encapsulate supermodel and body positive activist Ashley Graham's essence in a single word, we'd go with fearless.
This gal radiates confidence in front of any camera and always says it like it is.
She never holds back. It’s a big part of why we love her.
You know that and her hot bod.
Recently, Ashley snagged the cover of New York Magazine and her interview did not disappoint.
In it, she spoke candidly about all the many reasons why she’s recently found such grand success.
Along with hard work, dedication, and all that typical model-making jazz, Ashley pointed to one other, bolder justification for her mainstream infiltration — white privilege.
Since soaring into supermodel-dom, Ashley and her husband Justin Ervin have spent a lot of time reflecting in her industry's inconsistencies — oftentimes those relating to diversity, or lack thereof.
While they both have watched the media finally start celebrating Ashley’s body and honoring her with more time in the spotlight, they question why Ashley’s women-of-color model friends — those with body types that are in fact beauty norms for their cultures — aren’t being given similar opportunities?
That’s where the white privilege enters the equation.
“I know I’m on this pedestal because of white privilege,” Graham acknowledged.
“To not see black or Latina women as famous in my industry,” she told New York Magazine, “is crazy! I have to talk about it. I want to give those women kudos because they are the ones who paved the way for me.”
Some of Ashley's close model friends like Precious Lee and Marquita Pring — both women of color — have snagged huge campaigns but remain under the mainstream radar.
Those two examples in particular are both repped by IMG and both fierce AF. What gives, people?
Back in 2016, Precious offered some seriously spot on thoughts on the matter…