She forced the fashion world to change their attitude towards curvy women and inspired hundreds of others to follow healthy living instead of chasing the image popularised by skinny models. And Ashley Graham continues to inspire her five million-plus Instagram followers by sharing her posts, which are all about body positivity.
In her latest post, the model shared a sultry photo on the image-sharing website wearing a two-piece lacy lingerie set which complemented her sexy curves.
Unsurprisingly, fans of Graham swooned over her flawless beauty, showering her post with compliments. "You're flawless in person. So so gorgeous," said one. "Absolutely gorgeous," said another, while someone else exclaimed, "Holy hotness."
The lingerie model has been an inspiration for plus-size women, but she personally hates the word as she thinks it divides women. "I think the word 'plus-size' is so divisive to women. I think that when you use the word 'plus-size' you're putting all these women into a category: 'You don't eat well.' 'You don't work out.' 'You couldn't care less about your body.' 'You're insecure.' 'You have no confidence.' And that is none of this," she told CBS.
Graham has came a long way from being a victim of bullying when she was younger to a strong advocate of body positivity. Her tireless efforts to change people's views finally started bearing fruit when she became the first-ever plus-size model to walk for Michael Kor and even get featured in Vogue.
The 30-year-old also hailed Sports Illustrated for breaking fashion barriers and featuring curvy women on its cover page, with Graham gracing the magazine cover for its 2016 swimsuit edition.
"Sports Illustrated decided to have curvy women not only in their magazine but on the cover of their magazine. Now that means size diversity is here and it's real and it's not a trend," she said.
Graham loves observing the shift in the fashion industry and believes body inclusivity will inspire others to have better goals in their lives. "We shouldn't be surprised [by size inclusivity] anymore – we should just be celebrating it and being like, 'OK, what's the next thing? Where else are we gonna see us'," she told Glamour.