#Spotlight: Ashley Graham Is Working Hard To ‘Open The Door’ For Future Plus-Size Models & Change The Industry

Ashley Graham is determined to be a good role model.

Ashley Graham is determined to change the world!

The model has had enough of the lack of representation for plus-size women in fashion, and she’s doing everything she can to change that.

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Her upcoming lingerie show for Addition Elle at KIA STYLE360 during New York Fashion Week is one step in that direction, but it’s only the beginning!

She’s also serious about being open with her own imperfections:

“I think young girls need to have role models who are curvy, who are talking about their cellulite, who are talking about their backsides, because a lot of people are not doing that. They’re hiding behind retouching. I mean, I wear Spanx, but it’s not something [other people] are very open about. I just really want to be open.”

The 28-year-old believes that her work will continue to pay off:

“I believe that what I’m doing, and what other plus-size models of my generation are doing, is continuing to open that door for the next plus-size model to come in and to not be labeled as a plus-size girl, for her not to be judged by the number that’s inside of her pants, for her to be able to be on the cover of American Vogue and it not have the whole article be about, ‘Are you fat and happy?’ “

The lingerie designer is also excited to be paving the way during NYFW:

“I believe we’re the only plus-size fashion show that will be in New York Fashion Week, which is truly exciting.”

“There are so many new opportunities that are coming up. I’m excited to see which designers actually put curvy, plus-size models in their show. Those designers will be groundbreaking.”

We are incredibly inspired by all she’s accomplished and all of her plans for the future!

Good luck, Ashley! We’re in your corner!

[Image via Ashley Graham Instagram]

Sep 9, 2015 3:03pm PDT

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