Ashley Graham Promoting Body Positivity and Boosting Self-Esteem

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If there is any eminent and influential figure who has played a great role in the way women view their body all over the globe, that would be the one and only Ashley Graham. The American model, body activist and first plus-size model to be featured in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue, actively expresses her stand against shaming women’s bodies not only in the modelling industry but in everyday life as well.

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She has been very vocal when it comes to shaming women for their size, shape, unique traits and/or looks. She has done so by modelling without the use of Photoshop and by exposing her rolls, stretch marks, and cellulite in photos. Her posts on Instagram and sections in various magazines clearly present her pride in the way she looks and highly encourages women all over to do the same – by embracing and loving the way they were made. This was shown in her interview with Vogue.com in November 2014 as she said, “You’ve got to love what you have because it is the only body that has been given”.

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It is without a doubt evident that Ashley Graham is slowly changing lives and minds by reestablishing the way women should feel about their bodies and how the world should view them. This is so as she professes her opinion on bodily “flaws” such as stretch marks, fat rolls, cellulite, and the like as anything but flaws. She shows that celebrating one’s body is how everyone should live their lives as it ultimately contributes to increased self-esteem and eventual happiness. Graham explains this as she expresses the importance of loving one’s body on Flare in December 2014, “The thing that I really want to promote and that I want to understand is that it’s not about wanting something else; it’s about being self-assured about your size and also just loving your body”.

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As Ashley Graham rose to fame, she has been able to inspire women of all ages to embrace who they are by loving their body. She has shown this even more by creating a lingerie collection online and modelling plus-size clothing for various collections and shops. By doing this, she encourages women of all sizes to flaunt their bodies and what the traditional world has previously called “flaws”. This not only allows the women of today to live their lives insecurity-free and unashamed of their bodies, but has also created a safe-space or a medium to pass this mindset and outlook on life for the future generations to come.

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Kyla Larrauri

Kyla Larrauri is a university student from the Philippines that enjoys promoting body positivity and self-acceptance. She enjoys writing, graphic design, musical instruments, art, etc. A plus-size woman herself, Kyla helps other plus-size or curvy women celebrate their figure and embrace their bodies.

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