Ashley Graham is fearless when is comes to showing off her body.
The model posed nude for the new issue of V Magazine, wearing only a netted top sheer enough for viewers to glimpse everything underneath.
The 29-year-old chatted about her cellulite to Tracee Ellis Ross in the summer issue, recalling how her mother ‘made it a nonissue’ when Ashley Graham was a child. ‘It doesn’t define my worth. If women like you and me continue to preach that, then I feel like younger girls are going to grasp it and they’re going to be like: “Who cares!”‘
Ashley Graham told the Emmy-nominated actress: ‘I remember my first signs of cellulite, in middle school. I remember telling my mom: “Isn’t it disgusting? It’s so ugly.”‘
Ashley’s mother then ‘pulled her pants down and said, “Look, I have it, too.” And I was like, “Gasp!” She looked at me, then at it, and just rolled her eyes.’
The prolific cover girl, who’s posed for Mario Sorrenti in this new V issue, recalled that her mother ‘didn’t tell me that it’s beautiful or ugly. She just made it a nonissue.’
Earlier, Ashley had recalled that being told: “You’re fat,” “You’re ugly” or “You’re just not good enough,” and trying to live in these model standards, that was my normal.’
Confiding that ‘I think I hit bottom around 18,’ she remembered a point at which ‘I was disgusted with myself and told my mom I was coming home.’
Yet her mother ‘told me: “No, you’re not, because you told me that this was what you wanted and I know you’re supposed to do this. It doesn’t matter what you think about your body, because your body is supposed to change somebody’s life.”‘
Ashley Graham, who’s also posed for the magazine facedown in a set of partially pulled off lingerie, told Tracee of her mother’s advice that ‘To this day that sticks with me because I’m here today and I feel that it’s okay to have cellulite.’
Near the end of the interview, Ashley Graham called her mother one of her current ‘role models,’ saying: ‘Just seeing how happy she has been going through [life] and how she’s handled every curveball is like, That’s a women who has integrity and dignity and has been kind and generous to people around her.’
At another point in the interview, Tracee praised Ashley Graham for her social media presence – ‘You use it as a wonderful tool’ – and asked her thoughts on the matter.
‘I think there are negative attachments to it as far as the face tuning and flawless face and big round butt and tiny waist. It’s like, We get it,’ Ashley Graham began.
She’s held, though, that ‘social media has been a really great platform for young adults that haven’t been accepted. If nobody in their small town looks like them or is doing the same things as them, they can find people on the Internet.’
Current affairs also cropped up, with Mrs. Justin Ervin dishing of the current political climate that ‘I have never had so many political conversations with my girlfriends.’
Said she: ‘If this year has done anything, it’s brought my friendships to a closer level. We’ve been able to get things off our chests and understand things better. We’ve become closer, even just my inner circle.’
More broadly, ‘I feel like a lot of American women have gotten closer and tighter and listened to each other more – and been more supportive of each other. It’s not just about the industry we’re in, but the world we’re in.’
She’s maintained that ‘Women have always had a stereotype of being catty or malicious; I think now we’re willing to bring our sisters up and fight for one another. At the end of the day, we just want equality and our rights.’
The Metropolitan Museum Of Art plays host to an annual celebrity-strewn fête -spearheaded by Anna Wintour – to drum up funds for the Costume Institute there.
The Met Gala also launches the spring exhibition, which this year celebrates designer and Comme Des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo, per Vogue.
The last time the Met Gala celebrated an exhibition that revolved about on a single living designer’s work was in 1983, the designer being Yves Saint Laurent.
Anna, Vogue’s editor-in-chief, co-chaired the fête alongside Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams, and the exhibition will open in full this Thursday, May 4.