Ashley Graham is best known For Working as a lingerie model for the plus-size clothing store, Lane Bryant. She has appeared on the cover of fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Elle. In addition, she appeared in several Levi’s campaigns. Graham has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Entertainment Tonight, and CBS News and was interviewed by NPR about plus-size modeling.
Born Name Ashley Ann Graham
Occupation Model, Body activist
Years active 2000–present[
Born: October 30, 1987, 30 years and 11 months, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Sun Sign Scorpio
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height 5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
Measurements 42-30-46 in or 107-76-117 cm
Bra Size 38D
Distinctive Features Big and beautiful, Full lips
From 1999 to 2002, she went to Scott Middle School.
From 2002 to 2005, she attended Lincoln Southwest High School in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Father – Unknown
Mother – Linda Graham
Siblings – She has two younger sisters.
Ashley Graham is signed to several modeling agencies –
IMG Models – New York
IMG Models – Milan
IMG Models – London
IMG Models – Sydney
Ashley Graham was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. Growing up, Graham was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. She has two younger sisters. She attended Scott Middle School from 1999 to 2002 and attended Lincoln Southwest High School from 2002 to 2005. She was identified in 2000 by the I & I agency while shopping at Oak View Mall in Omaha, Nebraska.
In 2001, Graham signed a deal with Wilhelmina Models, after attending a model convention. In 2003, she signed a deal with Ford Models. During her early career, Graham appeared in YM magazine. In April 2007, she was profiled by Sally Singer of Vogue magazine and then appeared on the October 2009 issue of Glamour editorial ‘These Bodies are Beautiful at Every Size,’ along with plus-size models; including Kate Dillon Levin, Amy Lemons, Lizzie Miller, Crystal Renn, Jennie Runk and Anansa Sims. In 2010, Graham appeared in a controversial Lane Bryant TV commercial. The commercial received over 800,000 views on YouTube and was covered by news outlets such as The Huffington Post and the New York Post. On May 31, 2010, she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, to address the controversy.
In December 2010, Graham also appeared in an editorial for Bust magazine. Graham appeared in several Levi’s campaigns, notably Curve ID SS 2011 with Sabina Karlsson, Ana Lisboa, Marquita Pring and McKenzie Raley, and Boyfriend Collection F/W 10 with Rachel Clark, Ana Lisboa, Anais Mali, Marquita Pring and Ashley Smith. Graham has appeared in several Marina Rinaldi campaigns: Spring/Summer 2012, Fall/Winter 2012 denim, and Fall/Winter 2012 sport. The other clients includes Addition Elle, Bloomingdale’s, Elomi lingerie, Evans, Hanes, Liz Claiborne Macy’s, Nordstrom, Simply Be and Target. In December 2012, Graham was featured two of the Billboards at New York for Lane Bryant. At the end of that year, Graham was named the Full Figured Fashion Week’s Model of the Year.
In 2013, Graham designed a lingerie line for Addition Elle, a Canadian plus-size clothing retailer. Graham also appeared on MTV’s Made, as a coach for an aspiring plus-size model. Graham appeared on the May 2014 issue for international’s Harper’s Bazaar pre-fall collection and beauty editorial. Graham was the cover model on the June 2014 issue of Elle Quebec. In 2015, swimsuitsforall, a plus-size retailer for women’s swimsuits, featured Graham in an advertisement in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue. The ad was part of swimsuitsforall’s #CurvesInBikinis campaign in which Graham was one of the first plus-size models to appear in the pages of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In 2016, she became the first plus-size model to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She was also featured in DNCE’s music video for “Toothbrush”.
In 2016, Graham served as a backstage host for Miss USA 2016, Miss Universe 2016, Miss USA 2017 and Miss Universe 2017. In addition, she is official judge of reality show America’s Next Top Model transmitted by VH1.
In 2017, Graham released a book, A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like. In this memoir, she provides insight into her experiences as a model and as an advocate for body positivity. Graham additionally shares, in her book, her prospects for the evolution of body image in years to come.
Charity and community service
Graham has spoken at high schools about body image and body acceptance. She has participated in humanitarian missions in South Africa with the Themba Foundation. Graham is a proponent of the Health at Every Size movement. Graham gave a TED Talk advocating for self-acceptance with regards to body images. She also explains why one shouldn’t refer to her (and others) as “Plus -Sized” Models, as it separates them from other models. She is an advocate for a confident self-image, more information about this body-positive attitude can be found at Clio Visualizing History’s Click! The Ongoing Feminist Revolution.
Graham met her husband, Justin Ervin, a videographer, in a Christian church in 2009. The couple were married in 2010.
She has worked with several brands and appeared in the advertisements for Bloomingdale’s, Elomi Lingerie, Evans, Hanes, Lane Bryant, Levi’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Old Navy, Simply Be, Target and the list go on.
First TV Show
Apart from fashion shows, she first appeared on the talk show The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2010 as herself in the episode #43 of season 18.
Ashley does regular workouts to maintain her curves. She spends quality time in the gym to tone her legs (hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes). She was once a size 18, but now with regular exercises and controlled diet, she has taken it down to size 16.
Ashley even does cycling from Brooklyn to Harlem and then back; that’s around 25+ miles.
She even attends aerobics sessions and does high-intensity cardio.
Her workout is really intense and not for the weak persons to follow straight away. You can check her workout moves at PopSugar.
Ashley has teamed with Curvy Fit Club to carve a 15 minute morning workout, especially for her fans so that they can maintain / get their curvy body just like Ashley.
Ashley Graham Favorite Things
Food – French Fries
Song – Fred Hammond’s Love You Forever
Sports Illustrated Model – Chrissy Teigen
Sport – Tennis
Shower Song – Beyoncé Run the World
Football Team – Minnesota Vikings
Ashley Graham Facts
Ashley has launched her own plus-sized lingerie collection after getting inspired from “Fifty Shades of Grey” in May 2015.
She started modeling after getting discovered by I & I agency in Oak View Mall at the age of 12 (in 2000).
She is a morning person.
She goes with the life motto – “Sexy is a state of mind.”
She has been included in the list of Top Sexiest Women in models.com list.
Her Lane Bryant lingerie commercial was banned in 2010 from appearing on television screens. This helped her to get a lot of media coverage.
She has graced the cover pages of numerous fashion magazines like Vogue, Latina, Glamour, and O Magazine.
Ashley was Full Figured Fashion Week’s Model of the Year 2012.
She is a high school speaker, who speaks about body acceptance and body image.
Jennifer Lopez is Ashley’s idol.
Ashley was Sports Illustrated’s “Rookie of the Year 2016” and hence officially became an SI swimsuit model.
Ashley has also appeared in MTV’s Made in 2007.
She is the first plus-sized model to be hired by Jennifer Lopez for her clothing line.