Ashley Graham is one of the most famous plus-size models in America. This beautiful woman who calls herself a curvy-bodied model has been described as an ambassador of ‘real beauty’. This is a movement that celebrates what a woman’s body looks like, rather than the standards set by fashion brands and industries. Some of the biggest fashion magazines like Elle and Vogue have been featuring Graham throughout the years.
The beautiful Ashley Graham has today been representing ‘full-figured women.’ In the year 2009, she made an appearance in a ‘Glamour’ editorial which was given the title ‘These Bodies are Beautiful at Every Size.’ For her contribution in the confidence of plus-sized models, she was awarded ‘Model of the Year’ by Full Figured Fashion Week. Graham is also the official judge for the talent show, ‘America’s Next Top Model.’ Let us now get to know more about this beautiful model.
Ashley Graham: Early Life and Education
Ashley Ann Graham was born on the 30th of October, in 1987. The Nebraska born model was brought up by a father who was a database marketer and mother Linda Graham who is a homemaker. Graham also has two younger sisters and she is very close with them.
Ashley had troubles growing up and went through a relationship full of troubles with her father. She also became a victim of body-shaming; It says a lot about a society when a young girl gets called ‘thunder thighs’ in school for her oversized thighs. Ashley because of the abuse she had to go through was later diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. During her early teenage years, older men were making sexual advances on her and her mother became very cautious about incidents like these.
When Ashley was 12, she was spotted by a talent agent who knew Ashley had what it took to make it in the industry. And this was the beginning of this models career. Since then, she was able to make appearances in several magazines and billboards. She then went to New York to pursue her modeling career after graduating from the Lincoln Southwest High School in 2005.
Ashley Graham: Career
After arriving in New York, Graham signed a contract with Wilhelmina Models in 2001. However, after just two years, she moved to Ford Models and was extremely successful there. She later had to leave again because the agency Ford Models shut down its plus-sized division. As of today, the IMG brand represents the model Ashley Graham.
Throughout her career, Graham has made appearances on the covers of magazines like Vogue, Elle, Glamour, etc. In 2010 she was among models like Sabina Karlsson and Ana Lisboa who made an appearance for Levi’s campaign. This famous model has also graced the New York Fashion Week runways. Her most notable work came for Michael Kors’ spring/summer collection in 2018.
In the year 2010, an ad for Lane Bryant cast Graham. Next, in 2016, she featured in a music video for the song “Toothbrush” by DNCE. More recently, Graham was the backstage host for the Miss USA and Miss Universe. She later was famous as the official judge for America’s Next Top Model.
Ashley Graham: Personal Life
As of 2018, Ashley is together with the videographer, Justin Ervin. They first met at a church in 2009 and went out for almost a year. Before her relationship with Ervin, many of her relationships were mostly based on sex. She in recent years talks about the disadvantages of such relationships. However, when she finally found the right man in Ervin, she made a rule to not have sex until they were together.
Graham has been a huge advocate against body-shaming. She keeps giving speeches that help other women accept their body and be more confident. Ashley also supports ‘Health at Every Size Movement’ and does charitable work for ‘Themba Foundation’ in South Africa.
Ashley Graham: Net Worth and Social Media
Graham throughout her career has made several appearances for magazines and has been walking on the ramps. This has been able to amass Ashley a huge sum of money. According to sources, her net worth in 2018 is around a whopping $10 million. Graham makes most of her money from brand endorsements, photo shoots, and contracts.
Graham is also active on Instagram and is extremely popular with her fans. She has over 7 million fans following her in the platform and the number keeps on rising.