Ashley Graham has put full figure women on the forefront in the fashion world and the model shows no signs of slowing down. Ashley as landed the August 2016 cover of Cosmopolitan magazine which was shot by Ben Watts. On the cover, she is rocking a satin panel bodysuit and I thought she looked great. In the issue she talks calling herself a model not plus-size-model, her interracial marriage & people's remarks about it, self-love and more. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview. For more on Ashley's feature, visit Cosmopolitan.com and pick up a copy on newsstand on July 12.
I can see both sides, but Amy talks about being a big girl in the industry. You thrive on being a big girl, but when you're grouped in with us, you're not happy about it? That, to me, felt like a double standard.
On calling herself a model and not a plus-size model:
Just because I'm not calling myself plus-size doesn't mean I'm not representing a woman who is … I'm giving curvy women a seat at a table that we've never been invited to before —a table with high-end fashion people who have never considered us beautiful.
On the trolls who remark on her interracial relationship with husband Justin Ervin:
One comment on Instagram was 'I knew a girl her size could only be with a black guy.' I think that's so ugly. But we talk about the fact that I'm white and he's black all the time. I've seen how racist America is. It's opened my eyes to how ignorant I have been, how white privilege has taken over a lot of my thoughts and actions because it's just something that I take for granted.
On a previous relationship with an alcoholic:
He was abusive in more than one way ... He threw a couch on me. He came home drunk. I was sitting on it, and he flipped it upside down. I remember my elbow being jammed but thinking, He didn't hit me; he was just really angry, you know? You hear stories of women who say the exact same thing — I wasn't showing up with bruises, he wasn't beating me every day. Looking back, I should've left, but I was an insecure woman in a terrible relationship who did not know herself.
Credit: Cosmopolitan Magazine