Ashley Graham insists smaller is better when it comes to curvy women wearing swimwear. The plus-size model is an advocate of ladies celebrating their shapes and is often sharing positive messages of encouragement.
Known for flashing the flesh in revealing pieces on Instagram, Ashley urged other women to follow suit when picking the piece to wear by the pool or on the beach.
"There's a myth that curvy women feel more confident when they have full coverage with their swimsuits. I say, the smaller the better!" she gushed to Shape magazine. "I have my own line with Swimsuits For All and together we design suits that are both sexy and comfortable. I like to include special 'wow' factors like mesh cut-outs, deep V-necks, bright patterns, and string bikinis."
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Ashley can also be found posing for label Lane Bryant and has just celebrated 15 years of working with the brand, which paved the way for plus-size beauty in the industry. It's been a whirlwind journey for the brunette star and she cites the moment when one of her campaigns was banned two years ago as the point when her eyes were well and truly opened to the injustice in fashion.
"Apparently, my curves were too much to handle, but showing smaller women in their lingerie was okay," she sighed. "From then on out I was determined to prove that beauty is beyond size. I'm proud to work with a company like Lane Bryant who's always thinking of ways to break down barriers in the fashion industry."
Ashley also shared she's learnt to ignore online trolls who criticise her figure, explaining she's the only person who can measure her own health and wellbeing and so long as a doctor says she's healthy she has no plans to slim down.