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 a model and an incredibly beautiful one at that.
No stranger to keeping things real, her latest Instagram shows off her (totally normal) armpit hair - and the internet has gone wild for the snap.
Ashley started her life much like the rest of us; normal and full of struggles.She was born in Nebraska and lived quietly in a small town.
The best thing that ever happened in a shopping mall.She was discovered while she was shopping at a mall in Omaha in 2000, and since that mall trip, her life has never been the same.
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.Since her discovery, she's been featured in Vogue, Sports Illustrated, Glamour, Elle and Harper's Bazaar, among other prestigious magazines.
In 2001 she signed with Wilhelmina Models.The company is one of the most well-known modeling agencies and has been for decades. Wilhelmina has also signed other famous models, such as Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner.
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.She is loud and proud of who she is, and she wants others to feel the same.
Ashley has also started her own line of lingerie.The Ashley Graham 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.
Ashley has also been a back-stage judge on Miss USA and Miss Universe two years in a row.She crushed it with her poise, elegance, joy and humor.
Aside from her world-dominating career, she's struck gold with her husband, Justin Ervin.
Justin popped the question with a custom diamond ring.It's the stuff of every woman's dreams, let's be honest.
Last year, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child together.
Justin also took to Instagram to share the exciting news.
Ashley embraced her pregnancy online.
No stranger to keeping it real, we were excited to see how she'd approach her pregnancy journey.
Because, let's be honest, she has no qualms in baring all.
The star's body confidence is utterly inspiring.
Judging by her latest social media posts, the model is taking her health very seriously.
Since posting the video, the star's comments have been flooded with requests.
And it didn't end there.Graham embraced her pregnancy bod in a candid snap showing off her stretch marks.
The star posed nude to embrace her body, stretch marks and all.
The post garnered praise from several A-listers.The snap was an instant hit with many celebs, including Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum who wrote: "My Lord, THANK YOU for this," and fellow model Lily Aldridge, who left heart emojis on the post.
And, of course, fans flocked to Instagram to praise the model for her post.
via: InstagramThe snap really struck a chord with fans, who thanked Graham for sharing the image and showing off her stretch marks.
Fans branded Graham an inspiration.
via: InstagramThe star has clearly helped countless people feel better in their own skin, which is why fans love her so much.
Others wrote that she'll be an amazing mother.
via: InstagramWe can't wait for her to pass on all of her body positivity wisdom onto her family.
Some even said the post has made them tear up.
via: Instagram"I really needed this today," one fan wrote. It's pretty clear how much Graham's fans are impacted by her contagious confidence.
And now Graham has done it again.
And she looks stunning.Unsurprisingly. The internet is loving her realness.
Here's the pic that got everybody talking.
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