Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Ashley Graham on the August 2018 Cover of Harper's Bazaar UK Magazine

Despite people's negative comments, Ashley Graham continues to embrace her curves which is why I like her. She is the August 2018 cover star for Harper's Bazaar UK magazine. On the cover which was shot by Alexi Lubomirski, Ashley is wearing a DOLCE & GABBANA dress and JENNIFER FISHER jewelry. In the issue, she talks her curves and how she is ready to change how people see beauty, especially on the runway. Continue below to read excepts from her interview. For more on Ashley's feature, visit HarpersBazaar.com/uk and pick up a copy on newsstand on July 4th.

Marina Rinaldi dress and belt, Van Cleef & Arpels earrings and Malone Souliers mules on the subscribers' cover.

On being herself:
I’m always going to be me. But this isn’t only about standing up and saying, 'Hey, I am who I am.' My goal is to make a change in the world. It’s about women – all women – saying 'I’m included in this.'

On being curvy on the runway:
You know, I sometimes still hear gasps when I turn the corner on a runway. But it’s creating a conversation. I may be the only curvy girl in a show, but I feel that I am representing the majority of women when I’m wearing that dress.

On her weight & how she acted when she was young:
I had an agent who would constantly say to me, 'It’s time to put the Snickers down, Ashley.' Was I called fat to my face? Hell, yeah. That was a really low point in my life. I moved to New York at 17 and started being reckless. People think of me as a good girl but I had a bad streak. I was doing drugs, I was having sex with the wrong men, I was eating all the wrong food, I wasn’t working out and I wasn’t taking care of myself spiritually. That, over the course of a year or two, will have an effect on you. I gained 25 pounds; I was a US size 18. Agents were telling me that my career was over. So I called my mom and said, 'I’m moving home. I’m not doing this anymore.' She then said something to me that now seems prophetic: 'You can’t. Your body is going to change someone’s life one day.'

On using paparazzi photos for her swimsuit line campaign:
I was flicking through my tagged photos on Getty Images and the Daily Mail overnight, and let me tell you, people were freaking out: CELLULITE! And I was like, 'God forbid, cellulite! Never not had it. And back fat! Get her off the beach! So I said to the team: what if we used those photos? If you want to do something meaningful then you show what a woman actually looks like. It isn’t just about body shape. It’s about being OK inside. And it’s really about being able to love who you are.

Richard Quinn cape, Good American bodysuit, Van Cleef & Arpels earrings and Aquazzura shoes.

Credit: Harper's Bazaar UK

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