January 2nd, 2018 | Updated on February 14th, 2020
Ashley Graham is an American model. She has appeared on the cover of fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Elle. In addition, she appeared in several Levi’s campaigns.
Sports Illustrated hasn’t confirmed any of the major models returning for the 2018 Swimsuit Issue just yet, but Ashley Graham seems to be hinting that she’ll be back with her latest Instagram shot.
Ashley Graham was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on October 30, 1987. Her father is a database marketer, and her mother is a homemaker. Ashley grew up with her two younger sisters. Ashley was full-figured even as a kid. Puberty hit her when she was in fourth grade, and that made her experience a lot of sexual abuse.
From being confused about her sexual urges to being bullied in school due to her weight, she has suffered a lot. She started modeling in her teens, when she was offered a contract by ‘Wilhelmina Models,’ a popular modeling agency in her home state. She made her way to the covers of a number of popular fashion magazines, such as ‘Vogue’ and ‘YM.’ She gained popularity for representing full-figured women.
In 2009, she appeared in a ‘Glamour’ editorial titled ‘These Bodies are Beautiful at Every Size.’ By the end of 2012, she was awarded with the ‘Full Figured Fashion Week’s Model of the Year’ award. In 2013, she designed a lingerie line for ‘Addition Elle.’ She also happens to be the official judge of the talent-hunt show ‘America’s Next Top Model.’ In 2016, she became the first-ever plus-size model to appear on the cover of the ‘Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.’
Ashley Graham has always been vocal against body-shaming. She has given speeches about body acceptance and body image, in schools. She has supported the ‘Health at Every Size Movement’ and has been part of charitable work in South Africa with the ‘Themba Foundation.’
As her initial relationships were mostly sex-based, Ashley often talks about the drawbacks of such overtly sexual relationships. She claims that when she finally found the right man, she abstained from having sex until they got married. She met Justin Ervin, a videographer, in a church. They dated for a while before getting married in 2010.
Ashley looks stunning in the shot, in which she stands with her feet in the water and gazes off to the side while tugging on her bikini bottoms.
Ashley Graham shared this image from her Fiji shoot for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue