Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham poses in lingerie - File photo Gonzalo Marroquin/Getty Images

Ashley Graham was rejected multiple times when she started to pursue modelling as a career shortly after high school. But she was never one to give up on her dreams as her mother convinced her to stick to what she believed in, telling her that she would one day change people's lives with her work.

Well, Graham has surely been changing the lives of most of her fans since breaking into the world of modelling in the early 2000s, even though it wasn't easy for her.

Graham, who became the first plus-size model to feature on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2016, is not just a model. She is also a body image activist who usually takes to social media to flaunt her curves in an array of lingerie and other outfits to inspire her fans to embrace different body types.

On Saturday, 9 December, Graham took to Instagram to reveal another stunning look.

Wearing a shimmery two-piece bikini, Graham is pictured striking a sexy pose while looking away from the camera. Holding on to the strings of her bikini bottom with both hands, she is seen flaunting her figure as the gentle sea breeze blows her hair away from her face.

"SI VIBEZ," she wrote alongside the image she shared with her 5.8 million fans on the photo-and-video-sharing application.

The photo, as is usually the norm, has caused a bit of a meltdown, with fans taking to the comments section to praise her.

"My inspiration! My motivation! Beautiful!" a fan wrote, while another added, "You are quite the inspiration that keeps people of all sizes and colours knowing how determination and persistence can help your dreams come true. I have loved watching you from the beginning of your career and then taking chances that actually paid off."

Someone else said, "Absolutely gorgeous", while another admirer commented, "Truly beautiful!"