Even though Ashley Graham feels comfortable in her own skin, the 29-year-old opened up about feeling rejected based on other people’s opinions of her during the Urban Arts Partnership 25th anniversary benefit on Thursday.
When asked about how she relates to young girls who experience body shaming, the supermodel revealed:
“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. It’s the same cycle, it doesn’t matter what generation we are in. Every kid is going to go through the same thing.”
Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Whenever Miz Graham starts feeling self-doubt, she has a system in place to regain her confidence:
“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. 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.'”
We think we could all learn a lesson from that!
And having curvy models in the spotlight is an amazing way for the younger generation to gain body confidence through seeing different body types:
“Having more role models, more women who are like ‘Yea, I have cellulite. Yea, it’s even on my arms, not just my legs. My butt is a really bizarre shape but you know what, whatever, I’m just going to go rock it.’ I think if we had more role models like that that, that were really just speaking their truth about their body and the skin that they’re in then maybe young America would be different.”
“I think that my career has been a huge testament to how the industry is changing right before our eyes. I don’t think that a girl my size, as a model, would ever have been on the cover of Vogue and I’m still so shocked at that.”
With that said, there are still hurdles to cross within the fashion industry:
“Where we’re lacking is in the designer and buyer relationship. Buyers are not buying the size 22, size 24 clothes that the designers are making and then sometimes it makes the designers not want to make that size because the buyers are not buying it. So there still is so much like that that needs to happen behind the scenes.”
Keep up the amazing work, bb!
[Image via WENN.]