While celebs can often be an inspiration to us, we know they can get insecure, too (hey, it happens to everyone). One example is Ashley Graham, who revealed that her mom stopped her from giving up modeling 10 years ago.
Obviously, Ashley has since gone on to become a super successful model. The 29-year-old has appeared on the cover of Vogue and broken fashion-industry barriers. What’s more, she has proven that she’s pretty inspirational, speaking candidly about things like cellulite and helping spread body positivity.
But that doesn’t mean that Ashley Graham is immune to feeling insecure.
Sitting down with Entertainment Tonight, the model explained that there was one point in her career where she wanted to give it all up.
“Everything was about exterior, everything was about weight for me,” she said. “And I really had to step back and say, ‘OK, am I looking for love through sex? Am I looking for love through food? Am I looking for love through the affirmation of fashion people who don’t understand my body?'”
Continuing, she explained that it was a phone call with her mom that changed everything:
Graham, who is promoting her new book, A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like, explained that her mom was raised by two farmers and because of that, she always stressed the importance of work ethic.
“So she grew up with work ethic and determination and drive, and [the idea that] when you start something, you finish it. So that’s how she raised me and my sisters,” she said.
The model and author also spoke about Lena Dunham’s recent response to a magazine cover that discussed her weight loss.
“I’m so glad Lena wrote down all [the reasons] why she had looked the way she did because it’s not that she was on a diet, it’s that she really was not feeling her best, and she explains it,” Graham said. “I think that that’s what’s important, to really talk about what’s happening.”
Tbh, we’re glad that Graham did stay on her path to become a model, as we’ve been totally inspired by her. Her mom was right — the fashion industry did need her, and her body and determination have changed people’s lives, and that’s an amazing thing.