Friday 20 July 2018

Ashley Graham just proved that pulling off a sexy suit isn't a size zero trend

Model Ashley Graham attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Model Ashley Graham attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Model Ashley Graham attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Ashley Graham and Lilly Singh attend Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)
Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)
Yolanda, Bella and Gigi Hadid attend Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Bee Shaffer and Anna Wintour attend Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Andreja Pejic attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Zosia Mamet attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Martha Stewart attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Shanina Shaik attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Tracy Ellis Ross attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Nick Jonas attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Serena Williams attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Serena Williams and Gigi Hadid pose backstage at Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)
Serena Williams and Gigi Hadid pose backstage at Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)
Serena Williams and Lynda Carter attend Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Glamour)
Serena Williams attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)
Laverne Cox (L) and Chelsea Clinton speak onstage during Glamour Celebrates 2017 Women Of The Year Live Summit at Brooklyn Museum on November 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Glamour)
(L-R) Laverne Cox, Chelsea Clinton, and Alex Wagner speak onstage during Glamour Celebrates 2017 Women Of The Year Live Summit at Brooklyn Museum on November 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Glamour)
Woman of the Year 2014, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, and author Chelsea Clinton poses during Glamour Celebrates 2017 Women Of The Year Live Summit at Brooklyn Museum on November 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Glamour)
Zendaya attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Zendaya attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Glamour)
Ashley Graham attends the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Ashley Graham is teaching us another invaluable style lesson: you can pull off any look you want with enough confidence and attention to detail.

Suits are everywhere this season from celebrities on the red carpet or as an alternative to the party dress on the high street, but one thing that shoppers will have noticed by now - it's a very tough look to pull off if you're anything bigger than a size eight. Never one to be restricted by size, Graham pulled off a bold red suit by Prabal Gurung at last night's Glamour Women of the Year Awards with ease, with a few notable differences that will flatter more body types.

Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)
Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin attend Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)

First, there's the wide leg - from personal experience, trying to pull off a suit with a skinny leg is akin to wearing a swimsuit on a night out - it shows off everything and if you're not confident about it, leave it at home. The blazer also falls below the hip, which is key you want to cover any bit of your lower stomach, while the bell sleeves balance out the look.

And for my favourite part, she dared to go bare underneath and show off her cleavage. Overall, a pretty perfect look at a pretty cool event.

Model Ashley Graham attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Model Ashley Graham attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

"Women in 2017 are so resilient, so brilliant, and so over letting everyone dictate how we should live our lives...These are revolutionary times because we are revolutionary women," Graham told the crowd.

Monday night's ceremony recognised a number of influential women across disciplines including politics, fashion and the arts, with Nicole Kidman taking home The Icon award, model Gigi Hadid winning The Supernova and US congresswoman Maxine Waters was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Yolanda Hadid, from left, Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid attend the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Yolanda Hadid, from left, Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid attend the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Hadid was introduced by tennis superstar Serena Williams, who praised the 22-year-old, who was joined by her sister Bella and mother Yolanda, for "pushing boundaries".

"In fact, she makes new boundaries. And she's authentically herself," she said.

Serena Williams attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Serena Williams attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

And the supermodel, who has appeared on 20 international Vogue covers during her still relatively new career, said she's still finding her feet in the world.

"Just because I'm standing here winning this award doesn't mean I have it all figured out. If you don't feel strong every day, then that's okay and it's normal. Every day, something can inspire you," she said.

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