Wednesday 28 September 2016

Ashley Graham: 'Trying to find a dress for the Oscars for a girl my size... has been a whole job in itself'

Sasha Brady

Published 29/02/2016 | 13:36

Model Ashley Graham attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Model Ashley Graham attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Model Ashley Graham attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Ashley Graham stuns in a Bao Tranchi dress at the Oscars. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actress Bryce Dallas Howard attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Sports Illustrated cover model Ashley Graham poses at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 - NYC VIP press event on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

Sports Illustrated model Ashley Graham has opened up on the challenges she faced in finding an Oscars dress to suit her size 16 frame.

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The model-of-the-moment was hosting the Oscars red carpet pre-show on E! on Sunday night when she opened up about the difficulties she faced in finding a dress for the award ceremony.

"Trying to find a dress for the Oscars, for a girl my size, [with] these girls this size — I mean, it has been a whole job in itself," Graham told host Giuliana Rancic. 

By "a girl my size," she meant women who aren't a size 0 or two, and by "these girls these size," she meant her cleavage, which fit quite well into her siren-red, body-hugging Bao Tranchi dress (the designer behind Gigi Hadid's American Music Awards look).

Ashley Graham stuns in a Bao Tranchi dress at the Oscars. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Ashley Graham stuns in a Bao Tranchi dress at the Oscars. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

She isn't the first star to highlight the struggle the lack of options available for women who don't fit the sample size model - which range at a US size 0 to 2 (4-6) - when it comes to red carpet dressing.

Actress Bryce Dallas Howard earned a new legion of fans when she revealed she bought her own gown for the Golden Globes earlier this year.

Actress Bryce Dallas Howard attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Bryce Dallas Howard attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The former nominee proudly said she purchased her own Jenny Packham gown at Neiman Marcus simply because she's a size 10 and she wanted more than one option in a sample size.

Graham's appearance on the E! pre-Oscars show came just days after her figure was criticised by former model Cheryl Tiegs, who took issue with the 28-year-old's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover. That cover, by the way, made history Graham was the first plus-size model to grace it.

Former model Cheryl Tiegs slammed Sports Illustrated for including image of American model Ashely Graham
Former model Cheryl Tiegs slammed Sports Illustrated for including image of American model Ashely Graham

In an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show earlier this week, Graham stressed that her shape portrays a healthy lifestyle.

“I am not a promoter of anorexia. I am not a promoter of obesity," the model said.

Sports Illustrated cover model Ashley Graham poses at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 - NYC VIP press event on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
Sports Illustrated cover model Ashley Graham poses at the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 - NYC VIP press event on February 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

“I think we have to promote women to be healthy at every size as long as they are getting off of the couch and moving their body.”

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