Friday 23 February 2018

Ashley Graham recruits her 53-year-old mother as her co-star in swimsuit campaign

Ashley Graham and mother Linda Graham star in the Swimsuits For All campaign
Ashley Graham and mother Linda Graham star in the Swimsuits For All campaign
Ashley Graham and mother Linda Graham star in the Swimsuits For All campaign
Ashley Graham and mother Linda Graham star in the Swimsuits For All campaign
Ashley Graham and mother Linda Graham star in the Swimsuits For All campaign
Ashley Graham and mother Linda Graham star in the Swimsuits For All campaign
Ashley Graham and mother Linda Graham star in the Swimsuits For All campaign
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Ashley Graham is not only blazing trails as the world's first plus-size supermodel, she's bringing her mother Linda along for the ride.

The 30-year-old is famously vocal about self-acceptance and has made a lucrative living out of her body confidence campaign, including a swimwear range with Swimsuits For All, which she has curated for the last three years. Graham normally recruits women of all shapes and sizes to join her in the campaign, but this time she appeared alongside a co-star closer to her heart - her 53-year-old mother.

The pair hit Marrakesh in Morocco last year to shoot the Power of the Journey campaign and Ashley was thrilled when the brand approached her with the idea; which she jumped at as a way to show thanks for her continued support and also to show that you can look good in a bikini at any age.

"What I want is for women my mother’s age to feel empowered and to know that they too can look just as hot in a one-piece, a two-piece, or string bikini. I believe that beauty is beyond, age, race, or size, and it’s not a trend - at every stage of your life, you can feel beautiful," she told Vogue.

Ashley Graham and mother Linda Graham star in the Swimsuits For All campaign
Ashley Graham and mother Linda Graham star in the Swimsuits For All campaign

While Ashley might have no qualms about showing off her curves on Instagram or for Sports Illustrated, her mother's tastes are a little more demure, admitting she'd never worn a string bikini before.

"I had never put on a string bikini. Ever," Linda added. "Here I am at 53 years old and in a hot pink string bikini [on set], but I was kind of in love with that swimsuit!"

Meanwhile, Ashley's year is already off to to an incredible start as she recently celebrated her new role as brand ambassador for Revlon, breaking another barrier in her meteoric rise to supermodeldom.

"Curvy girls are not offered contracts like this," she declared on U.S. breakfast show Today. "I am the first curvy girl of my generation to get a contract this big with Revlon. This is insane! I'm shaking thinking about it..."

Ashley Graham and mother Linda Graham star in the Swimsuits For All campaign
Ashley Graham and mother Linda Graham star in the Swimsuits For All campaign

"I was on set still freaking out because when cosmetic companies look at girls, they just see models," she explained. "They're not thinking, 'We need to look at our customer,' and now Revlon is totally moving in the right direction and saying, 'The girl at home looks just like the girl that we want to represent our campaign.'"

Ashley Graham and mother Linda Graham star in the Swimsuits For All campaign
Ashley Graham and mother Linda Graham star in the Swimsuits For All campaign

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