Ashley Graham is tired of being called “brave” — and she’s making sure everybody knows it.
Over the weekend, the plus-size model and vocal advocate for body positivity posted an un-retouched paparazzi picture to Instagram to make an important point about self-confidence, Refinery29 reports. In the photo — seemingly taken on the set of the model’s recent Baywatch-inspired shoot with Swimsuits For All — Graham is seen from behind, straddling a jetski and wearing the iconic red Baywatch one-piece. The swimsuit is pulled up high on her hips, ’90s-style, and the model’s curves (stretch marks, cellulite and all) are on full display.
In the caption, Graham wrote,
“When they call you ‘brave’…”
The sassy caption paired with the photo — which is, for all intents and purposes, of her ass — is a low-key ‘f*ck you’ to everyone who has ever made Graham feel like she should be afraid of wearing a swimsuit. Typically, calling someone brave is a compliment, of course; but if you call someone brave for wearing a bathing suit, you’re implying that their body is something to be ashamed of. It’s the definition of a back-handed compliment, and if you scroll through virtually any one of Graham’s pictures on Instagram, you’ll see it’s one she receives often (pro tip, everybody: Just don’t comment on others’s bodies, even if you think you’re saying something nice).
Fortunately, the model-slash-actress-slash-“body diversity ambassador” is not one to let others’s opinions impact how she feels about her body — even on days when she’s feeling a little less confident than usual (it happens!) Hopefully, her cool-as-a-cucumber, DGAF attitude will inspire others to adopt a similar body-positive philosophy.
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