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Ashley Graham is an American model who was born on October 30, 1987. She was raised in Lincoln, Nebraska with two younger sisters and attended Scott Middle School and Lincoln Southwest High School. In 2000 the I&I Agency found her while she was shopping At Oak View Mall. It's amazing how some of the world’s biggest influences are discovered.
Shortly after that in 2001 Ashley attended a modeling convention and signed a deal with Wilhelmina Models. This opportunity lead her to sign a deal with Ford Models in early 2003. Through this deal and during the early years of her career Graham appeared in YM Magazine. Little did she know what amazing opportunities would be presented before her in the future.
Graham was summarized and charted out by Sally Singer who worked for Vogue Magazine in April of 2007. Then Ashley appeared In a Glamour story "These Bodies are Beautiful at Every Size," which included many other plus-size models in the industry, in October of 2009.
In 2010 controversy popped up when Graham appeared within a Lane Bryant TV commercial. The commercial has been viewed over 800,000 times on YouTube alone and made the news on the New York Post and the Huffington Post. She was able to confront the controversy with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show May of 2010.
December of 2010 Bust Magazine printed a story for Ashley Graham. She moved on to appear on Levi campaigns, Marina Rinaldo campaigns, and adopted other clients including Addition Elle, Elomi Lingerai, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Target, Liz Claborne for Macy's and Hanes. After all of these accomplishments, she was awarded the Full Figured Fashion Week's Model of the Year title.
2013 proved to be an extremely busy year as well for Ashley Graham. Ashley had the opportunity to design lingerie for Addition Elle who retails plus-size clothing for Canada. An appearance was done on MTV's television show "Made" where Graham was able to coach an aspiring plus-size model.
The very next year 2014, Graham was included in Harper's Bazaar to present the pre-fall collection. Shortly after in the month of June, Ashley made the cover of Elle Quebec! In 2015 She continued to climb and accomplish more gigs. Graham was the featured model for Swimsuits For All; a women Swimsuit retailer for plus-sizes. She was features on an advertisement for Sports Illustrated which was accommodating the #CurvesInBikinis campaign. She was the one of the first plus size models to be presented on the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
In 2016 Ashley topped it off by being the first size-16 model to appear on the front of the Sport's Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Graham was also included on a music video with DNCE for the song "toothbrush." Miss USA 2016 and Miss Universe 2016 welcomed her as a backstage host which she did with grace and poise.
Ashley Graham understands there is a need for body acceptance all over the world. Graham visits high schools regularly to talk about body image and self-confidence. She is an advocate for beauty beyond size, encouraging women to have positive self-talks every day and start embracing the curves our universe has given us. She also regularly engages with the Themba Foundation in South Africa.
Ashley Graham has been married to Justin Ervin since 2010. He is a successful videographer who met her at church.
She is a perfect example of what positive self-image can do and has revealed to us the amazing beauty that lives inside all of us; it extends beyond our size.
(By Biopage writers. Photo credit ashleygraham.com and Greenmeadow. Please contact Biopage for any inaccuracy).
Every inch of Ashley Graham's face tells the story of beauty—inside and out. Every word she speaks shouts to all who lack faith in their reflections. Every Graham of her body embraces anyone who ever doubted themselves. Ashley's firsts will last in our minds forever, permanently imprinted in our skulls that all of our beauty matters. Yes, Ashley. You did that. And I am beyond proud, in admiration and in awe of your power and influence over so many people's self-worth. It is time for everyone to bow down to the fashion industry's—no, make that beauty's—new queen. (By Tyra Banks, an entrepreneur and the host of VH1's America's Next Top Model. Photo credit Hellomagaine)