From being the first plus-size model to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit issue, to nabbing a gig as a judge on the newest season of America’s Next Top Model, Ashley Graham has had an amazing year - and she deserves it! Besides being a bad@$$ babe with a mind for business, her work as a body positive activist is inspiring women everywhere.
Click through the slideshow above to read some of the model’s most uplifting quotes, to help inspire you for the rest of 2016 and beyond!
"There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt." [https://www.instagram.com/p/2Hvs4YTZ8s/]
"I felt free once I realized I was never going to fit the narrow mold that society wanted me to fit in." [http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Plus-size-More-Like-My-Size-Ash]
"Don’t let your image, don’t let your size, hold you back. If I had let my hips or my jiggly thighs hold me back or the fact that I’ve got these big heavy breasts, then I would not be where I am today." [http://www.elle.com/culture/interviews/a34099/ashley-graham-sports-illustrated/]
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a size 2 or 22, you can be healthy as long as you’re taking care of your body, working out, and telling yourself ‘I love you’ instead of taking in the negativity of beauty standards.” [ from nAP the edit – http://www.marieclaire.co.za/celebrity/ashley-graham-says-jennifer-lawrence-not-curvy-girl]
“I look at myself naked in the mirror and say, ‘You know what, awkward butt shape? You’re not gonna get higher or rounder but it’s OK, because I’ve got Spanx for you.’ Your words have so much power.” [ also from the edit https://www.net-a-porter.com/am/error.nap]
"For me, wearing lingerie isn't about anyone else but me. If I dressed for others I would be a miserable person." [http://www.navabi.us/img/magazine/magazin_244.pdf]
“As women, we immerse ourselves in ‘self-improvements,’ which becomes an endless pursuit to renovate our bodies. We are told that thick hair is beautiful, yet thick thighs won't get you a boyfriend. That full lips are sexy, yet full arms should be covered and hidden away. But in reality, a lot of us actually like ourselves as we are!” [http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/ashley-graham-opinion-editorial-why-2017-is-beauty-beyond-size]
“Sexy is a state of mind.” [http://5minuteswithfranny.com/5-minutes-with-franny/ashley-graham/]
“I have cellulite. I have back fat. I've got a thick stomach. But I work my body like I don't because I don't know any other body. I don't know how to feel thin. I just know how to feel like Ashley." [ http://www.ellecanada.com/culture/celebrity/article/exclusive-ashley-graham-talks-sex-confidence-and-effyourbodystandards]
“I say to myself: You are bold, you are brilliant, and you are beautiful. Today you will not let other people's words affect you. You are worthy of greatness!” [https://girlup.org/interview-sports-illustrated-swimsuit-cover-model-ashley-graham-body-positivity-fab-female-friday/]
“I have never fit into a mold that I was supposed to. I was told "No, no, no" to all my hopes and dreams. I never forgot them. I never let anybody beat me down with them, and you shouldn't either. At the end of the day you can do whatever you want. Don't let your body hold you back.” [http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/02/sports-illustrated-ashley-graham-interview-plus-size.html]
“”Women of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, we all want to be clothed, we all want luxury, we want the right fit and I don’t think that is a bad or hard request.” [http://lifestyle.one/grazia/news-real-life/real-life/ashley-graham-told-skinny-equals-success/]