I feel proud to be a part of this generation that is constantly evolving, redefining and challenging the popular notion of ‘beauty’ and ‘sexy’. There are quite a few ‘revolutionary’ models- Olivia Campbell, Bishamber Das, Hayley Herms – and the most famous of them all, #AshleyGraham.
Native of Lincoln, Nebraska, this beautiful woman was discovered by a modeling agency at the young age of 12. She hit the limelight as she started working for the #PlusSizeClothingBrand, Lane Bryant. Since last year, #AshleyGraham has been in the limelight for her campaigns with Lane for #PlusSizeClothing (#curvesinBikinis #ImNoAngel #PlusIsEqual). These brought her to the cover of Sports Illustrated’s edition on swimwear.
Her official website comes with the line, ‘Stand up for curves, confidence is sexy’. Undoubtedly, this is the principle this confident, independent woman lives by. An enthusiastic and resourceful entrepreneur, Ashley Graham, has started several imprints within Lane Bryant and several of her own as well. She has appeared on the covers of Vogue, ElleUK, Glamour and London Times. She has been a part of the ad campaigns by the top notch brands like Levi’s, Marina Rinaldi and Calvin Klein. She is very popular with H&M and Bloomingdale. Her various other achievements include starting an independent swimwear line for different sizes. Ashley made it to the prestigious Forbs’ ’30 under 30’ list.Apart from all that, she also starred in movies Gypsy Eyes and Boys Klub. To know more about her, visit her website, read her blog and follow her on social media. http://www.ashleygraham.com/
A Heart Of Gold:
Apart from modeling and entrepreneurship, she is also a motivational speaker. She is regularly invited to schools to speak to young girls about body issues and accepting their bodies as they are. Adolescence is an impressionable time in development. Not to mention it is the toughest time when we all are trying to fit in and make friends. Someone needs to remind that it is okay to be fat, dark or different from others. Ashley Graham’s first TEDx talk, ‘ #PlusSize ? More Like My Size’ was highly appreciated. She is the co-founder of the organization, ALDA that is an agency for models of varied sizes. She is a living example of the saying that a beautiful person is a beautiful heart. Apart from motivating youngsters, Graham has been on humanitarian missions in South Africa with the Themba Foundation. In 2010, she married, director, Justin Ervin and at 28, this young beauty is ruling the world.