“My body has always been treated as a thing and not mine. 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.”

Ashley Graham is a TV presenter and model, primarily known for her work as a plus size model. She has inspired millions of young girls to love their bodies through her own TED Talk as well as collaborations with various companies advocating for self-love and body positivity. Graham serves as an inspiration to mothers as well, showing every aspect of her recent pregnancy with her social media followers.

Nationality: American

Industry: Media

Q: I ask her if, as a poster-girl for plus-sizedom, she ever secretly fantasises about losing weight; if, deep down, she rather liked it when, after posting a picture of herself on Instagram where she looked a good couple of sizes smaller, she was viciously accused of being a traitor to the cause. British Vogue

A: “That was nuts, huh? It just shows what a good model I am that I can make myself look thinner, because I had not lost any weight. But do I sometimes wish I were thinner? God, in the old days, absolutely I did, but now I feel that to lose weight would be disloyal to myself. A lot of who I am is connected to my size, and I am so happy with who I am.”

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