For years, Ashley Graham has been shaking up the world of fashion as one of the biggest sought after plus-size models in the industry. She's appeared on the covers of magazines such as Vogue, has graced various talk shows, and has shown off her curvaceous body in various lingerie campaigns around the world. All while highlighting the beauty and confidence of fuller women.
And now, it seems that Ashley has cranked it up a notch further by appearing as the first plus-sized model on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit Issue:
She will be appearing alongside UFC star Ronda Rousey and model Hailey Clauson on one of the three covers due to be published:
For years, Ashley has spoken out about the unrealistic expectations of women in the fashion industry and her Sports Illustrated cover is a huge feat — ultimately, the ground-breaking spread directly challenges the narrow perceptions of beauty at the crux of our society. In particular, the fact that women are beautiful in all shapes and sizes.
Taking to her Instagram, the beauty shared her excitement, saying:
Truly speechless!!! This cover is for every woman who felt like she wasn't beautiful enough because of her size. You can do and achieve anything you put your mind to. Thank you so much to the entire @si_swimsuit team! I'm so excited to be a part of your family. I love you all!!! #siswim #beautybeyondsize
Speaking about the shoot, MJ Day, the assistant managing editor at the magazine, also praised Ashley for her participation. Referring to her as a "champion for all women," she said:
“There’s no denying that Ashley Graham brings something different to the table. It’s exciting to meet someone who can totally handle this moment, take it, and amplify it, all because of who she is and how she celebrates herself.”
I can safely say, we can all second that!
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