Embracing who you are goes a long way. Although it took a while, finally accepting herself regardless of her size have made model Ashley Graham a household name and one of the top in the business. This resilient attitude led her on the list and an award recipient of Glamour Magazine Woman of The Year. Her big break came when she made the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, as the first plus-size model. She's also model for Levi's and Lane Bryant.
Graham did not shy away from showcasing her curves. She had them on full display in this amazing off white bodysuit with beaded embellishment and sheer legs. During her acceptance speech (clip below), Graham said, "2016 was an interesting ride, but never before have I seen such size diversity in fashion, in film, on buses, on covers of magazines, in films, in TV. It's been absolutely incredible." "I didn't do it by myself. It takes a village. Don't let your body hold you back. Don't let your body insecurities hold you back from doing anything that you want to do."
Watch the speech below.
Beautiful Ladies: Graham also made time to catchup with another in demand model who have also embraced her size, Iskra Lawrence.
Before the big night, Graham unveiled a Barbie doll in her likeness, during the Glamour summit earlier in the day. She made sure that her message was clear, by making sure that the Barbie had her proportions. She said, "We need to work together to redefine the global image of beauty and continue to push for a more inclusive world. I'm thrilled Barbie had not only evolved their product, but also has continued to honor women who are pushing boundaries."
She continued: "It was important that the Barbie resembled me as much as possible. The thighs touching was one way to show young girls that it's okay for your thighs to touch, despite society saying that a 'thigh gap' is more beautiful."
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