She is a strong advocate for promoting a positive body image. And on Thursday, Ashley Graham took to her social media sites to share a picture of her bare legs, which appeared to have cellulite on them as she urged women to "love" themselves. The 28-year-old model told her followers that she is proud of every part of her body.
In the caption, she wrote: "I workout. I do my best to eat well. I love the skin I'm in. And I'm not ashamed of a few lumps, bumps or cellulite.. and you shouldn't be either. #beautybeyondsize #lovetheskinyourein." The picture appears to be taken from her holiday in the Philippines.
Fans were quick to praise the American beauty for her openness and encouragement, with one writing: "I have a lot of respect to you, you are a force of nature and have increased self-esteem that we in me to accept my soft curves!!! You are wonderful !!! xo from Italy."
"LOVE!!! We need more women like yourself for our young females to look up too!! True definition of a role model," shared one follower, while another noted: "Thank you for continuing to promote self love and positivity!! Our youth need more role model like you."
Ashley Graham is a strong advocate for promoting a positive body image
Ashley often talks body confidence, last year she posted a longer message about why she will not conform to the beauty standards expected of women. Addressing her legs, which she said someone had referred to as "cellulite city", the star stated: "Someone once told me my thighs were 'cellulite city'. But now I realise these thighs tell a story of victory and courage. I will not let others dictate what they think my body should look like for their own comfort, and neither should you. #beautybeyondsize #effyourbeautystandards."
Famed for fronting several campaigns for plus-size clothing, it was recently announced that Ashley will be working on a lingerie collaboration with Canadian brand Addition Elle. This comes over a year after she made her catwalk debut for the brand in 2015.