If you're wondering what your life is missing, the answer is Ashley Graham. Ashley is an American model who has also taken on the role of a body rights activist. She is not only an incredible role model for young women but also anyone who has ever felt insecure in their body. Many people know her as being a plus sized model, but Ashley has smashed those stereotypes, claiming that there is no need for that kind of title; she is just a model and an incredibly beautiful one at that.
She recently gave a self-love speech in front of a group of young girls, and it is absolutely inspiring. Her words, her stage presence, and her story-telling make for a mesmerizing combination as she spoke about self-love and true happiness. You might want to have some tissues on hand.
Ashley started her life much like the rest of us; normal and full of struggles.
The best thing that ever happened in a shopping mall.
Before all the glamour and the photoshoots, Ashley faced some struggles
via: Getty ImagesShe was diagnosed with ADD and dyslexia at a young age. This diagnosis caused her to struggle with understanding herself fully. "Even when I go to the teleprompter sometimes, I remember that feeling. But I have to just shake it off and go back to my affirmations," Ashley said in an interview with Glamour.
She rose straight to the top.
In 2001 she signed with Wilhelmina Models.
She's been featured on many magazine covers, but also in commercials and some TV appearances.Ashley played the leading lady in DNCE's music video Toothbrush. Joe Jonas was lucky to stand alongside her.
Ashley's career has not been shy of controversy.She appeared in a pretty controversial Lane Bryant ad that many people thought was too "inappropriate" for television which is pretty ridiculous considering every other lingerie commercial shows the same amount of skin, if not more.
Graham was also one of the first plus-size models to appear in the pages of the "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit issue
Ashley Graham shares steamy behind the scenes snaps from her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit shoot in Fiji… https://t.co/2P4SxQbLgD— Daily Mail Celebrity (@Daily Mail Celebrity)1490533208.0
Much of Ashley's career has been centered on self-confidence, breaking stereotypes and embracing your inner and outer beauty.
Ashley has also started her own line of lingerie.Ashley Grahm Collection has been quite a hit. She also started the empowering hashtag #IAMSIZESEXY to inspire others to have confidence, and comfortability with their own sexuality– something she feels very passionate about.
She's been invited to speak at a variety of events.
via: Getty ImagesHer speaking skills are amazing– if not better –than her modeling skills.