Supermodel Ashley Graham is more than a pretty face. She is also an activist, author, designer and TV and podcast host, and she is tired of not being seen for more than her curves and gorgeous face. The 31-year-old sat down with Allure for the July 2019 cover, and inside, she shared her frustrations.
Graham said: “My body has always been treated as a thing and not mine. You’re the sexy girl. You’re the naked girl. Men are going to idolize your hourglass figure. It was always about what others thought about my body, until I gained a voice. Now I get to tell people what I think of my body.”
To accomplish her mission, she hired all women to run her businesses, and counts some pretty amazing ladies (including Gayle King and fellow model and body-positive pioneer Crystal Renn) as mentors.
“The biggest thing that we have to conquer is diversity and inclusion. You can’t just check the box and be like, ‘Oh, we did it,'” Graham told Allure. “I have never looked at tokenism as a bad thing, as long as the brand, the client — whoever has the mission — continues to branch out and say, ‘This was our first time; next time we’re going to add more of the race, the gender, the sexuality, the religion, the disability,’ whatever it is.”