We all know her as a Sports Illustrated babe, and in fact, Ashley Graham has been very successful in changing the entire definition of being a model. She is the first ever plus-size model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and has since done a brilliant job at conveying to people that size really does not matter.
In 15 days, Graham will be celebrating her 28th birthday. Currently, she is in Mexico, obviously having the time of her life. If you follow Ashley Graham’s Instagram account, then you can see that she has posted a bare-faced selfie and she looks as gorgeous as ever! But what is it about this American beauty that sets her apart from every other model? Is it her weight? Is her her oh-so-lovable personality? Let us dive into the details on Ashley Graham and find out for ourselves!
Ashley Graham’s Wiki
Ashley Graham’s Early and School Life
Ashley Graham was born on September 30, 1988 in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has two sisters and completed her middle school education at Scott Middle School in 2002 and graduated from Lincoln Southwest High School in 2005. Her start in the modeling industry is actually quite unique. When she was only 12 years-old, she was spotted by I & I Modeling Agency, while she was shopping at Oak View Mall in Omaha, Nebraska.
How She Entered the Modeling World
After she was spotted by I & I Modeling Agency at the mall, she signed a deal with the international agency by the age of 13. After that, there was no looking back and Graham became an extremely successful model. Her early career start as a model has allowed her to gain a good amount of exposure and work experience in different aspects of the modeling world including runways, commercials, catalogues, television, editorial, and even film.
Her Strong Career
In 2015, she launched the campaign #CurvesinBikinis, which made her the first plus-size model to appear in an ad for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The same year she was a part of two important campaigns such as #ImNoAngel and #PlusIsEqual.
Graham has also been on the cover of several high profile magazines such as London Times, Elle Quebec, Style and Cover. Additionally, she has also been featured in the Shape Issues of Vogue, Glamour and Elle UK.
She has also worked on campaigns for Levi’s, Calvin Klein and Marina Rinaldi, and her list of regular clients include Nordstrom, H&M, Old Navy, and Bloomingdale’s.
In 2016, Ashley Graham was named in Forbes magazine’s coveted “30 Under 30” list, and was also featured on the cover of the magazine’s January 2016 issue, along with major celebrities and entrepreneurs.
Her Own Business Line
Apart from being a model, Graham has also collaborated with Canadian plus-size retailer, Addition Elle, to start her own line of plus-size lingerie, which women of any size can wear!
Graham also serves as a role model and a body activist. She is regularly invited to speak at numerous high schools and girls groups. She covers issues about body image, self-acceptance and female empowerment. In April 2015, she gave her first TEDx talk, “Plus Size? More Like My Size,” at Tedx Berklee Valencia. She is also a co-founder of ALDA, a collective of models which represents beauty beyond size and also challenges conventional notions present within the fashion industry.
Ashley Graham’s Personal Life
After she appeared in Joe Jonas’ DNCE video for “Toothbrush,” there were speculations about her being Joe Jonas’ girlfriend! However, there was nothing brewing between Joe Jonas and Ashley Graham except for some sultry scenes shot for the video. Ashley Graham is married and her husband is actually a cinematographer named Justin Ervin. The pair met in 2009 at a church and tied the knot in 2010. Ervin is supportive of his wife’s career and supports her in all the charity and body image work she does.