Ashley Graham is a beautiful and powerful force who continuously shatters fashion industry barriers and publicly challenges beauty standards — from appearing in H&M advertisement campaigns alongside non-plus size models, to penning widely read essays about body acceptance.
Graham has continued to smash modeling norms at this year’s New York Fashion Week. Yesterday, she walked in the second NYFW show for her plus-size lingerie line for young women. Graham collaborated with Addition Elle, a plus-size brand, to create the gorgeous lingerie.
After the beautiful show in which models of all different sizes slayed the entire audience, Graham spoke to Mic about why it is vital that NYFW runways feature so many different kinds of bodies. The fact is, what goes on in such visible spaces impacts women who want to be models and women in general society.
Graham also elaborated on the need to normalize plus-size bodies in runway shows, while still highlighting the designers who use plus-size models:
Lastly, Graham left us with some wisdom about what happens when you accept your body:
We can’t wait for more runways to start representing diverse beauty.