Ashley Graham's mother stopped her from quitting modelling

Carla Harmon
May 13, 2017

Ashley said, "I hope I just continue the message of be comfortable with who you are".

"A New Model" covers the highs that may already be familiar to Graham's fans - getting scouted in a shopping mall in her native Nebraska, becoming the first-ever plus-size model to land the cover of the "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit issue, walking New York Fashion Week runways - but it also covers the lows.

In the book, Ashley - who is married to Justin Ervin - recalls when she was sexually assaulted aged 10 by the son of her parents' friends, and said it was hard reading those pages aloud in a recent recital because it's a taboo topic that people, especially women, rarely discuss with each other.

Graham is not just keeping fit, she is also staying fashionable with her new collection Beyond by Ashley Graham at Dressbarn.

Ashley Graham's mother convinced her not to give up modelling when she wanted to walk away from the runways and the flashbulbs. Her and I are still best friends to this day.

"I want to be a better parent than I had", she said. And I didn't know I was amusing at the time.

"Just saying, "You know what - I look really good today" and then just moving on [helps],'" Graham added. Ashley even offered her followers a quick lingerie tip on Instagram while showing off her outfits: "Tip for wearing a strapless bra - go down a size only in the band".

Dunham explained how her weight loss has been a result of an "anxiety disorder", existential and direct fear related to the presidential election and its aftermath, and a multitude of other factors that had nothing to do with caring about how she looked in a dress.

She said: "I think that the more vulnerable I was, the easier it was going to be for someone to relate to me".

"It is time for everyone to bow down to the fashion industry's-no, make that beauty's-new queen", Tyra, the former host of America's Next Top Model, wrote in Time.

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