Ashley Graham: I ‘Absolutely’ Used to Wish I Was Thinner, but Losing Weight Now ‘Would Be Disloyal’

Proud of the skin she’s in. Ashley Graham admitted in a new interview with British Vogue that while she used to wish that she were thinner, she’s learned to embrace her curves as a way to inspire other women.

“Do I sometimes wish I were thinner? God, in the old days, absolutely I did, but now I feel that to lose weight would be disloyal to myself,” the 28-year-old cover girl told the magazine. “A lot of who I am is connected to my size, and I am so happy with who I am.”

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Graham, who appears on the cover of the January 2017 issue of the fashion magazine, made her name as one of the world’s top models but rejects the term plus-size.  

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“When we’re supposed to be talking about diversity for women, it feels so divisive and purpose-defeating, giving us yet another label,” she said. Graham has modeled lingerie for clothing store Lane Bryant, and even designed her own lingerie line for Addition Elle, a Canadian plus-size clothing retailer.

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The outspoken model has also been on the covers some of fashion’s biggest magazine titles, including Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour and Elle. Earlier this year, she became the first plus-size model to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, giving her career a massive boost.

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Ashley Graham attends Glamour Women of the Year 2016. Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images

“For 10 years I’d been told I was always going to be a catalog girl, never a cover girl,” she told Vogue. “Well, I got with IMG and did five covers in a year, boom, boom, boom. See, if you have a pretty face doors will open, but your job isn’t just to walk through them; it’s to get invited back.”

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“Look, I hit the beauty jackpot — I get it — but that’s not enough. You’ve got to have more to have longevity in this business,” she continued. “It’s always been ‘OK, so what can I do now?’”

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