Monday 21 August 2017

Ashley Graham reveals her proudest career moment - sharing a picture of her cellulite on Instagram

Model Ashley Graham arrives for the Time 100 Gala in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, U.S. April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Model Ashley Graham arrives for the Time 100 Gala in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, U.S. April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Model Ashley Graham arrives for the Time 100 Gala in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, U.S. April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Model Ashley Graham attends the 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for TIME)
Model Ashley Graham attends the 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME)
Ashley Graham attends the 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Ashley Graham attends the 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Model Ashley Graham poses backstage before the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2017 runway show at Spring Studios on February 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
Ashley Graham attends the 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
SI Swimsuit model Ashley Graham attends the VIBES by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 launch festival on February 18, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
Model Ashley Graham walks the runway during the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2017 fashion show at Spring Studios on February 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
Ashley Graham attends the 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Model Ashley Graham arrives for Variety's Power of Women luncheon in New York City, U.S., April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Ashley Graham attends Winter Bumbleland - Day 2 on April 16, 2017 in Rancho Mirage, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for FVA Productions)
Model Ashley Graham attends the 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Ashley Graham's meteoric rise to fame might be filled with groundbreaking accolades, but the finest moment of career is typically inspiring.

The supermodel and body activist (29) said her proudest moment has been sharing a picture of her cellulite on Instagram and the positive response she received from followers.

"When I took a photo of my cellulite and posted it on Instagram. I don't think that other women should be afraid of theirs as well," she said at the Time 100 gala on Tuesday night.

She hopes others will begin to show off their bodies in the same way, saying:" It's my body, it's my lumps and bumps. I'm into it, my husband doesn't care, and neither should the world."

In her Time magazine profile written by legendary supermodel Tyra Banks, she is praised for her encouraging "anyone who ever doubted themselves".

"Ashley's firsts will last in our minds forever, permanently imprinted in our skulls that all of our beauty matters," Banks writes.

"Yes, Ashley. You did that. And I am beyond proud, in admiration and in awe of your power and influence over so many people's self-worth.

"It is time for everyone to bow down to the fashion industry's—no, make that beauty's—new queen."

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Model Ashley Graham attends the 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME)

Her milestones include being the first plus-size model to feature on the cover of Sports Illustrated, both British and American Vogue and Maxim, s well as being the first plus-size model to walk for Michael Kors. And she has her eye on one of the biggest prizes in modelling - to become the first plus-size Victoria's Secret Angel.

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