Ashley Graham on Being Plus-Size: “Please Stop Calling Me Pretty for a Big Girl”

Ashley Graham
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Ashley Graham slams body shamers as she gets real on social media.

Over her recent post on TikTok, the plus-size model blasted online haters who expressed their backhanded compliments.

The 33-year-old brunette beauty, who is a vocal advocate of body positivity, advised her almost 465,000 followers not to call her pretty.

Ashley Graham on Being a Plus-Size Model

   @theashleygraham do i make myself clear??  ♬ BGC Drama Effect - whozmanzzz     


Wearing a brown cropped top and hunter green jogger pants, with her unkempt hair, she mentioned, "Please stop calling me pretty for a big girl," she noted.

Moreover, the mother-of-one highlighted that she's pretty regardless of her size.

"I'm pretty. Period. Thank you - and I'm not an SAT question, I didn't ask you," alongside Ashley Graham's TikTok caption that reads, "do i make myself clear??"

Over the comment section, fans expressed their support towards the tv personality.

"Yes yes yes, say that louder for the people in the back," one user commented, while the second one echoed the same thought and mentioned, "She did not stutter."

Meanwhile, an individual rallied behind Graham and pointed out the same opinion as hers when it comes to body appearance.

"How anyone thinks this will make me feel good baffles me. I don't want your opinion. Validation comes from myself and no one else," to which the plus-size model agreed by liking the post.

On the other hand, one Twitter user reposted Ashley Graham's TikTok video alongside a comment that says, "GIRL. You could wear a PAPER SACK in every TikTok and still look good!!

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Ashley Graham Broke the Barriers in the Fashion World

The brunette beauty has indeed made a name for herself in the fashion industry.

In 2016, she made history as the first-ever size-16 model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue.

For decades, the sports magazine has been featuring slim models such as Irina Shayk, Heidi Klum, Lily Aldrige, Barbara Palvin, and more; however, the "American Beauty Star" host brought the curvaceous and plus-size models into the mainstream.

In her previous interview with Glamour, she pointed out that runways and magazine covers are not just for size two models.

"It was for every woman. Most of us have not been told, 'If you have cellulite and your thighs rub together, who cares?'"

Seeing that she needs to address things on a larger scale, she opted to use social media as a way to connect to millions of women.

She then began posting body positivity images that include selfies and behind-the-scenes snaps at fashion shoots with the hashtag #beautybeyondsize.

With Ashley Graham's Instagram feed featuring real women with real curves, her fan base snowballed and has now reached 12.1 million followers.

Following her rising stardom, she has booked major campaigns with whom she shared the same outlook--his includes Calvin Klein and Levi's

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The plus-size model also made it to the headlines after she refused her photos to be altered.

In June 2020, the new mom declined to edit her stretch marks as she posed for the SwimSuit for All campaign.

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