Ashley Graham does not want to be known just as a plus-size model. The body activist made history in 2016 when she became the first size-14 model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. However, the celebrity stated that she had more to give the world than just her size.
Graham has also been active in the advocacy movement for sizes 14 and up. She has appeared in campaigns for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and has spoken about her own experience with discrimination because of her size.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Graham said, "I don't want to be known as a plus-size model. I want to be known for my work and my talent."
She added, "I think people are starting to see past the size now. I mean, I've done ads for Target and Victoria's Secret. That doesn't happen if you're a large woman."
However, Graham did admit that she never expected to get this big so quickly. She told Elle, "I didn't know how much attention I would get from being on the cover of SI Swimsuit. But I guess I was right! It's crazy."
Since then, Graham has continued to make headlines for all the right reasons.
The 33-year-old supermodel has broken down barriers throughout her career, becoming the first size 14 model to appear on the covers of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Vogue in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Graham told the WSJ that her voluptuous physique is a part of who she is. "I feel very comfortable in my skin, and I think people can relate to that," she said.
Graham made her modeling debut at age 19 and went on to work with some of the world's top brands including Chanel, Dior, Prada, and Victoria's Secret. In 2016, she was awarded the title of World's Most Beautiful Woman by Elle magazine.
In addition to fashion, Graham has also pursued other ventures including writing and acting. She wrote a book titled The Beauty Project: My Journey into Skinny Girl Culture (2013) which discusses her time spent working as a skinny girl in the teen industry. That same year, she appeared in the movie Sully as American Supermodel Gisele Bündchen. In 2019, Graham will be starring as Princess Diana in the film Wonder, based on the life of Queen Elizabeth II's mother.
Graham has been open about her weight struggles throughout her career. In 2007, at the age of 30, she announced that she had lost 50 pounds following a near-fatal car accident that left her hospitalized for six months.
Ashley Graham's Bio Ashley Graham, a plus-size model and television personality from the United States, with a net worth of $12 million as of 2021. Graham started her career at age 18 when she modelled for British Vogue and appeared in its July 2015 issue.
She came to prominence after being cast on the fourth season of America's Next Top Model, where she was the first winner to be photographed by Terry Richardson. Since then, she has appeared in several other magazine covers and advertising campaigns for brands such as Prada, Miu Miu, and Victoria's Secret.
Graham has also been featured in numerous fashion magazines including Elle, Glamour, Marie Claire, and Vanity Fair. She has also appeared in advertisements for Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, and Emporio Armani among others.
In 2014, Graham became one of the first ever models to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The following year, she did it again, this time alongside fellow model Tess Holliday. In 2018, Graham became the first female model to appear on the cover of the issue more than once when she made her third appearance.
On June 28, 2017, the episode aired. Graham has been named the host of American Beauty Star's second season. Graham is an advocate for body positivity and the health-at-all-sizes movement. She was the first size 16 model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue in 2016. In 2017, she became one of the first size 14 models when she appeared on the cover of British GQ's Sports Magazine.
Ashley Marie Graham was born on January 4th, 1992 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her mother is African American and her father is French Canadian.
She started modeling at the age of 15 after discovering that size 12 was not popular with retailers. She had no knowledge of fashion before entering the industry, but wanted to be a supermodel. Within a year, she was booked for major brands such as CoverGirl, MaxFactor, Nike, and Converse. In 2016, she was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue becoming the first size 16 model to do so.
After finishing high school, she moved to New York City to pursue modeling further. There she worked with top agencies including IMG and Model Management Group/IMG. In 2014, she landed her first big campaign when L'Oreal Paris used her in their "Beauty Without Limits" advertising campaign.