In case you missed it, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition just featured a plus-size model on the cover, for the very first time! This is such great news for women, because like the model herself is quoted saying, “our bodies are beautiful at any size.”
So, who is this special gal, gracing the cover of the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue? Her name is Ashley Graham, and she’s a 28-year-old from Nebraska. Although the Sports Illustrated cover is her first, big highlight, Graham has been modeling for 15 years.
She told The Daily Beast, “It’s been such a blessing because I’ve been able to cultivate what I want to do, what I want to say, and how I want to be represented, and now here I am on the cover of Sports Illustrated representing not just curvy women, but any type of woman who was told, ‘No, you can’t.’”
With social media’s popular hashtag #MotivationMonday, I wanted to pick out some really awesome quotes from Ashley, for all of us to remember and practice, on a daily basis!
Check them out:
“The plus-size industry has been around longer than I’ve been a model, so the fight has been going on for so long, but we’re finally not only talking about it, but making change.”
“Soon, we won’t be talking about the fact that I’m considered ‘plus-size,’ we’ll just be talking about what I’m doing in the world to change people’s lives.”
“Yes, people want to see a woman my size, and men and women are really excited about it.”
“The reality is that the average American woman is a size 14, and the fact that we haven’t been representing her or talking about her is a huge smack in the face.”
So, ladies, I invite you to embrace your beauty, and long live curves!