Monday 19 February 2018

Ashley Graham's response to unflattering pictures of her cellulite is a lesson in class

Ashley Graham attends Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Summer of Swim Fan Festival and Concert at Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk on August 28, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
Ashley Graham attends Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Summer of Swim Fan Festival and Concert at Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk on August 28, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
Ashley Graham posted this swimsuit picture shooting her new campaign
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)
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)
Ashley Graham attends the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 Launch Event - Outside Arrivals at Center415 Event Space on February 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
Ashley Graham attends Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 NYC launch event at Center415 Event Space on February 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/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)
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)
2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model Ashley Graham attends the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Ceremony 2016 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on December 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
Model and ANTM Judge, Ashley Graham attends the VH1 America's Next Top Model premiere party at Vandal on December 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for VH1)
Ashley Graham attends the 2016 VH1's Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night at Kings Theatre on December 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Ashley Graham attends New York Fashion Week: The Shows September 2016 on September 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
Ashley Graham films an episode of Amazon's Style Code Live, airing Wednesday at 9pm ETon May 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Amazon)
Model Ashley Graham speaks onstage during the 2016 Forbes Women's Summit at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on May 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Summer is around the corner.

Which means shorts, sleeveless tops and swimsuits - the ingredients of the perfect storm for the body conscious. Enter plus-size supermodel Ashley Graham who DGAF about her cellulite and makes the case why you shouldn't either.

While shooting for her new Swimsuits For All range in Los Angeles, a number of unflattering pictures of her were published in some tabloids and websites. Images of her pouting and posing with confidence along the streets of Hollywood, while showing off her swimsuit designs, were accompanied by phrases like "eye-popping figure" and "busty figure".

It wasn't in the headline, but the message was very much implied: "Woman has cellulite and has audacity to not force herself to live in a windowless basement for her crime."

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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)

So, what does Ashley do? She doesn't acknowledge the paparazzi pictures because, quite frankly, she doesn't need to and it also feeds into the narrative that a woman needs to explain herself for not fitting the cookie cutter mould.

Instead, she posted this picture on Instagram - with two other diverse models, including another curvy model and an older model, wearing the exact same swimsuit and looking sensational - cellulite and all.

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Ashley Graham posted this swimsuit picture shooting her new campaign

She hasn't been shy about owning her figure and previously slammed body shamers by saying, "I workout [sic]. I do my best to eat well. I love the skin I'm in.  And I'm not ashamed of a few lumps, bumps or cellulite... and you shouldn't be either."

Take a bow Ms Graham.

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Ashley Graham films an episode of Amazon's Style Code Live, airing Wednesday at 9pm ETon May 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Amazon)

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