Ashley Graham has no time for body shaming. The model quickly shut down an Instagram user who thought she was pregnant.
Graham, 30, shared a video of herself dancing to Drake in a pink bikini on Tuesday, July 17. “my tues morning💕👙💋🎀,” she captioned the clip, in which the model shows off her bod.
After a troll commented on the post that Graham had a “baby bump,” she simply replied, “That’s just called fat.”
Other fans came to the America’s Next Top Model alum’s defense in the comments.
“That’s so not even fat!” one fan wrote.
Another person commented, “@ashleygraham what fat?? All I see is a banging body! Strut your stuff!”
“Thank you for giving us curvy girls the confidence to love our bodies and flaunt them💗,” a third user wrote. “@ashleygrahamyou are gorgeous!”
Graham has been vocal about body positivity over the years. Back in 2016, she wrote a lengthy essay for Lenny Letter about loving yourself despite any backlash on social media.
“They say you should never read the comments. But I simply can’t not do it. Social media has given me a voice and allowed me to further my platform as a body activist. Without it, I couldn’t have built the #BeautyBeyondSize community. My followers are the first people I turn to for feedback on anything I do, from designing my lingerie, dress, and swimsuit lines to the things I discuss in my public speeches. I have to read the comments,” Graham wrote. “To some I’m too curvy. To others I’m too tall, too busty, too loud, and, now, too small — too much, but at the same time not enough. When I post a photo from a ‘good angle,’ I receive criticism for looking smaller and selling out. When I post photos showing my cellulite, stretch marks, and rolls, I’m accused of promoting obesity. The cycle of body-shaming needs to end. I’m over it.”
She concluded: “I am more than my measurements. I’m not Ashley Graham just because I’m curvy. For the past sixteen years, my body has been picked apart, manipulated, and controlled by others who don’t understand it. But now my career has given me a platform to use my voice to make a difference. We can’t create change until we recognize and check our own actions. If you see another woman taking a selfie or a photo in her bathing suit, encourage her because she actually feels beautiful, don’t give her the side eye because you think she’s feeling herself too hard. Why waste time and energy spewing negativity? Let’s worry about our own bodies.”
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