Ashley Graham is one of the most popular models in the world and has truly transcended the term of “plus size” model. That doesn’t mean that she hasn’t had her fair share of problems getting to this point.
Graham spoke at the the Urban Arts Partnership 25th anniversary benefit about troubles she’s faced in life with body shaming in & out of relationships.
“Nothing’s actually surprised me. I’ve lived exactly what they’re living. I’ve lived the torment of the names. I’ve lived the torment of boyfriends breaking up with me because they were afraid I was going to be too fat later in life,” Graham said. “It’s the same cycle, it doesn’t matter what generation we are in. Every kid is going to go through the same thing.”
Graham also talked about how she deals with having curves and embracing them.
“I wake up sometimes and I think ‘I’m the fattest woman alive’. But it’s really about how you handle it when you wake up,” she says. “I look in the mirror and I have my affirmations. And mine are simple. [I say] ‘You are bold. You are brilliant and you are beautiful.’ And then if my lower pooch* is really puffing out that day, I say ‘Lower pooch you are cute’. And we have a moment. And if the hips are really popping I say ‘I love you too hips.’”
Us here at BSO support Graham and every one of her curves!
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