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Ashley Graham        

Plus-Sized Model, Entrepreneur and Body Activist

Ashley Graham was born in 1987 in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was discovered in a mall and started modelling at the age of 12. In her flourishing career, she has done everything from editorial, catalogue, runway, commercials, TV/movie and is well-known for her work as a lingerie model for the plus-size clothing retailer Lane Bryant, for which she starred in a 2010 commercial that was banned from television and caused a lot of media attention. Ashley was also featured on two gigantic billboards of that same brand on Time Square and 34th street in New York City in December of 2012

Ashley has been featured in fashion magazines such as Vogue, Glamour, O Magazine and Latina. In addition, she has appeared regularly in several Marina Rinaldi campaigns and in two iconic Levi’s campaigns: The Boyfriend Collection 2010 and the Curve ID SS 11.

Vogue's 2008 Shape Issue dedicated a three-page article about her personal style, and she was also one of the 5 models selected in Glamour's 2009 Shape Issue 'These Bodies are Beautiful at Every Size.'

Madison Plus has devoted one whole issue to Ashley—its first issue ever dedicated to one model—and focusing on her career, charitable work and personal life.

Her list of clients includes Target, Hanes, Bloomingdale's, Evans, Simply Be, Nordstrom, Macy's, Elomi Lingerie, Old Navy and many more.

In collaboration with Canadian brand Addition Elle, she has developed her own lingerie line, launching in November 2013 in Canada exclusively.

Founding member of ALDA, a new coalition of models to promote beauty and a healthy body image of the female body beyond boundaries and limitations of size, Ashley is proactively taking charge to empower young women and models by directing her own life and promoting a message girls and young women in the plus world are so desperately looking for.

An active role model, she is a dedicated speaker at high schools to teenage girls about body image and acceptance of ones natural and healthy body.

In 2007, Ashley was a coach for MTV's "Made" for a girl striving to be a plus size model.

In recent years, she has also participated in several humanitarian missions to South Africa with The Themba Foundation.

In 2010 the Lane Bryant ad controversy brought her to the forefront of media’s attention. The “incriminated” commercial was viewed over 800.000 times on YouTube and covered in numerous newspapers (NY Post, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed...).

Already an accomplished speaker, she has been invited to many talk shows including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Entertainment Tonight and CBS News and spoke on NPR about plus size modeling.

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Plus-sized model Ashley Graham lands 'Sports Illustrated' swimsuit ad

Ashley Graham, a gorgeous plus-sized model with dark hair, is posing in Sport's Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue.

Plus-Size Model Ashley Graham Reacts to Fat-Shaming YouTube ...

Plus-size model Ashley Graham saw the video and told E! News exclusively at our New ... "She is a funny girl but the subject matter is disgusting," Graham said.

Ashley Graham Is Officially A 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue ...

Ashley Graham made history in 2015 when she starred in the first-ever plus-size ad to run in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue -- but even that enormous feat ...

There's A 56-Year-Old In A Bikini In The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

It's a really great day for inclusivity -- and Ashley Graham in particular.

Following the exciting announcement Tuesday that the plus-size model was tapped to pose for the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, retailer Swimsuits for All announced she'll appear for the second year in a row in their ad in issue -- this time alongside model Philomena Kwao and 56-year-old model Nicola Griffin.

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