Ashley Graham has had a super successful career thus far, both in modeling and adjacent industries. She’s made fashion history, written a book, had numerous gorgeous shoots in huge magazines, and even created her own makeup line. It’s clear her work affects others in a positive way, so it was shocking when, on Sunday morning in an interview on CBS, it was revealed that she often discourages young women from becoming models, as reported by Stylecaster.
In the interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Graham talked about the term “plus-size” and how she believes it’s divisive for women. She says she was told she’d actually never survive in the modeling industry, and that women often ask her how they can become successful in the same field. To this, she said, “And I say to them, ‘Why would you want to become a model? Why would you want to be picked apart all the time?'” Though her answer might seem surprising, as Graham as often seen as super-positive and encouraging, it actually makes a lot of sense.
The thing is, it’s true that models are picked apart a lot — for their weight, facial features, and other reasons. Hell, even Graham herself has admitted she still gets nervous in a swimsuit sometimes. It makes sense that she would want any prospective models to think deeply about why they want to join the industry before putting their heart and soul into it, and to have all the information before putting everything on the line. Honesty is important, after all.
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