Ashley Graham stuns in glittering sheer gown at London awards
Ashley Graham earned her Model of the Year award with her dazzling look at the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards.
The swimsuit supermodel (30) was one of the VIP guests at last night's ceremony in London, alongside Victoria Beckham and Kate Winslet, who were also honoured, but it was the trailblazing model that stood out from the crowd.
Graham turned heads in a dramatically embellished sheer dress, showcasing her world famous figure in the eye-catching design. Last year, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit covergirl previously said she struggled to find clothes that fit her for red carpet events because she doesn't fit into the sample size (an American zero or two), but since her career has blown up over the last 12 months, it looks like designers are fighting to be endorsed by her.
"Girls like me have always been told we’re not cover girls and you put me on a cover. Thank you," she said in her speech.
Earlier in the day, she appeared on ITV's Lorraine and revealed the secret to her groundbreaking success: self belief. Graham wakes up every morning and starts her day with the mantra, "'I am bold, I am brilliant, I am beautiful I can have and do whatever I want."
"I've had a lot of people tell me 'you're not going to make it', 'you're fat', 'you're not going to accomplish things because of your size'. Just to have overcome so much and to be able to tell young girls that you are enough no matter how much cellulite, back fat or belly rolls you have, it doesn't matter," she added.
Also spotted at Thursday night's star-studded event at Claridge's hotel were British actresses Jenna Coleman, Gemma Arterton and Carey Mulligan, while singer Sam Smith and model Georgia May Jagger were also spotted, while Irish-Ethopian actress Ruth Negga was named Woman Of The Year.
Foster’s five decades on both sides of the camera was rewarded with the Inspiration award while Carey Mulligan’s campaigning for War Child saw her get the Philanthrophy award. Other winners included actress Charlotte Rampling (British Icon), model Adwoa Aboah (Role Model) and Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Writer of the Year).