Plus-size model Ashley Graham has inspired us time and time again, from her lingerie show last fall to her constant honesty on the internet. Now, Ashley is doing it again — this time, with a powerful message about her thighs.
Ashley has faced a lot of criticism for being a full-figured woman, and she’s had to learn a lot of lessons about body acceptance and self-love. That’s exactly why she posted a series of three pictures to Instagram with a beautifully inspiring caption about loving your body for what it is.
“Someone once told me my thighs were ‘cellulite city,’” Ashley wrote in the caption of the composite picture, showing her posing in a gorgeous black swimsuit. “But I now realize these thighs tell a story of victory and courage.”
Ashley went on to explain that her opinion of her own body is the only thing that matters — which, as a professional model, we imagine can be a struggle sometimes. But she has a very clear-headed idea of why people say crappy things about others’ bodies and why she’s not going to let it get her down. “I will not let others dictate what they think my body should look like for their own comfort, and neither should you,” she wrote.
YAAAS. We could not possibly love Ashley Graham and her awesome confidence more. With so many Photoshopped and airbrushed portrayals of unrealistic bodies in the media, it’s so important to provide representations of all kinds of bodies — rocking cellulite or not. Thanks, Ashley Graham, for being a body-positive role model time and time again.