Ashley Graham embraces cellulite in a string bikini for SI's swimsuit issue

Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

When Ashley Graham graced the cover of Sport’s Illustrated swimsuit issue two years ago, her career skyrocketed. It was not only was a monumental name-making moment for the supermodel, but also for curvy women everywhere. Since then, she has helped women embrace their so-called imperfections, and in the latest SI swimsuit issue, her message isn’t any different.

In a one-piece red and white string bathing suit, the 30-year-old looks confident at the beach in her latest shoot for Sports Illustrated. She captioned the photo on her Instagram, “‘Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretchmarks’ ..OR cellulite.”

The snap quickly racked up nearly 500,000 likes and 8,000 comments (at the time we posted our story).

A commenter wrote, “You are an inspiration to ALL people, not just women! You inspire us to not only accept who we are, but to LOVE who we are: body, mind, and soul. This pic is STUNNING, per usual!” Another commenter added, “You’re so beautiful, and changing the way society looks at women!”

Thick chicks in #SportsIllustrated

A post shared by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@theashleygraham) on Feb 14, 2018 at 6:14pm PST

“Thick chicks in #SportsIllustrated,” she captioned another photo of her appearance of this year’s SI issue.

Graham frequently preaches body positivity and self-love on her social media accounts. She is an active advocate for inclusivity in the fashion industry as well. In her Swimsuits for All line, she gives other curvy models, such as Tabria Majors, a platform too.

@tabriamajors in my iconic white bikini

A post shared by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@theashleygraham) on Jan 27, 2018 at 10:13pm PST

The inspiring model is well on track with her 2018 plans. As she wrote in another recent post, “More projects, more collaborations and most importantly, more representation!”

A young fan commented, “you are so gorgeous and such a big inspiration. I’m 6 ft and I’m 14 years old at its incredibly hard to find jeans for any pants or shorts to fit me. You’ve just taught me so much and how to be confident in my body cuz I’m not the smallest person either. Thank you and I love you!”

Keep shining, Ashley!

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