Ashley Graham has opened up to Allure magazine about how her body has been objectified throughout her career.
Ashley, who is arguably the most famous plus-size model in the industry, graces the cover of the magazine this month.
“My body has always been treated as a thing and not mine,” she detailed.
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“You’re the sexy girl. You’re the naked girl. Men are going to idolize your hourglass figure.”
“It was always about what others thought about my body until I gained a voice. Now I get to tell people what I think of my body.”
The model continued to describe how while the industry is making stride in the area, we still need to work on ensuring we have diverse representation across the industries of media, fashion and beauty.
“The biggest thing that we have to conquer is diversity and inclusion,” she said.
“You can’t just check the box and be like, ‘Oh, we did it.’”
“I have never looked at tokenism as a bad thing, as long as the brand, the client — whoever has the mission — continues to branch out and say, ‘This was our first time; next time we’re going to add more of the race, the gender, the sexuality, the religion, the disability,’ whatever it is,” she finished.
The model graces the cover of Allure’s July issue.