Multi-talented model, Ashley Graham has a new swimsuit line out just in time for summer! The new line gave Ashley Graham and her mother the opportunity to work together—and they looked fabulous doing it! Read on to learn all about the famous plus-size model’s mother!
Just when you think she’s done it all, Ashley Graham debuts a new swimsuit line! What’s so special about this new collection—other than the fact that it’s for women of all shapes and sizes? It’s a body-positive swimwear line with a campaign entitled “Power of the Journey.” The sizzling photo spread features Graham and her mom, Linda Graham, flaunting their stuff in beautiful bikinis! While Ashley breaks body image barriers, Mama Graham is proving there is no age limit to rock a swimsuit! But who is the mother of the model empowering girls everywhere to be comfortable in their bodies? Get the deets on Ashley Graham’s amazing mother, right here in our Linda Graham wiki!
Troubles at Home
There’s never a time when Ashley Graham is not candid. In one of her interviews, she opened up about her estranged relationship with her father, Linda Graham’s husband.
Ashley said her father was “absent” when she was growing up. According to Ashley Graham, the lack of a father figure shaped her as a woman. “I actually had to teach myself what it was like to have a relationship with a man and not base it on what I felt at home.”
Graham confessed that her parents’ marriage helped shape her own relationship with her husband, Justin Ervin. “I look at my mom and dad’s relationship, and it’s like, ‘OK, this is what I want. This is what I don’t want,’ and you take from it,” she shared. “You have to say, ‘OK, I’m going to learn from their mistakes and I’m going to take also the good with me.'”
In one of her memoir, A New Model, she explained that her family, especially her grandmother, had a hard time accepting her interracial relationship with Ervin. But Ervin’s charms and Linda were able to bring her grandmother around.
A Role Model
There’s no doubt that Ashley Graham’s life hasn’t been easy. She fought against preconceived notions in the modeling industry and promoted a body-positive image. She’s a role model for many young girls but it wouldn’t be possible without her own role model, her mom.
The 30-year-old recalled professional and relationship troubles, which she attributed to her weight. “Everything was about exterior, everything was about weight for me,” she said.
At 19 years old, Graham realized that looking for affirmation from fashion professionals was destructive, and she decided to give up. She called her mom in Nebraska and said she was quitting what she loved.
According to Ashley Graham, “I said, ‘I can’t do it anymore, I’m coming home. This is it,’ and she said, ‘No, no, you’re not coming home. Your body is going to change someone’s life and New York needs you. The fashion industry needs you,’ and I stayed.”
The America’s Next Top Model judge not only has her mom’s undying support, she has her work ethic! “My mom is the product of two farmers, and she had to really work hard,” she said about Linda’s determination and drive, which she instilled in Ashley and her sisters.
The ultimate workout buddy has to be your mom! Who else can you look to for support and making sure you keep at it? Ashley and Linda are literally #FitnessGoals with their killer workout routines!
Ashley regularly shares her workouts on Instagram and Linda is a prominent appearance in them. The mother-daughter workouts show some amazing results.
But 53-year-old Linda gives her daughter a run for her money in the latest swimsuit campaign for Ashley’s Swimsuit for All collection! The two sizzled at the photoshoot for the campaign! Though she looks pretty comfortable in front of the camera, Linda admits this is the first time she wore a two-piece in three decades!
“The Power of the Journey” campaign for the inclusive brand features Ashley and Linda rocking a Moroccan theme. In fact, Ashley was so excited about the campaign, she didn’t even leave Linda the option to refuse! “I was like, ‘That is such a good idea, don’t even ask her—I’m going to tell her! She has no choice!’” gushed Ashley.
Linda claims her personal taste is more modest, but modeling her daughter’s collection was very empowering. “Here I am at 53 years old and in a hot pink string bikini [on set], but I was kind of in love with that swimsuit!”
It’s funny because this is the exact the goal Ashley is going for with her Swimsuit for All collection! “What I want is for women my mother’s age to feel empowered and to know that they too can look just as hot in a one-piece, a two-piece, or string bikini. I believe that beauty is beyond, age, race, or size, and it’s not a trend—at every stage of your life, you can feel beautiful.”
Preach, Ash! We agree!