You heard right: Ashley Graham! The mega hot supermodel has spoken out via an essay on Lena Dunham’s “Lenny” newsletter about the body shaming she receives on a daily basis.
She starts her essay telling readers that she can’t “not” read the comments on her photos, and that she has to read them to join in with the inspiring conversation about her #BeautyBeyondSize campaign.
However, on a recent Instagram snap when Ashley posted a photo of her outfit while working as a judge filming “America’s Next Top Model”, her body was picked apart, and she’s really not happy about it.
She wrote: “It was one of those photos where you look and say to yourself, ‘YESSSS, HONEY! I look damn good'”.
Some fans accused her of betraying the plus size community, with one fan saying: “You don’t love the skin you’re in, you want to conform to Hollywood, you believe being skinnier is prettier.”
Her inspiring essay continues: “To some I’m too curvy. To others I’m too tall, too busty, too loud, and, now, too small too much, but at the same time not enough. When I post a photo from a ‘good angle,’ I receive criticism for looking smaller and selling out. When I post photos showing my cellulite, stretch marks, and rolls, I’m accused of promoting obesity. The cycle of body-shaming needs to end. I’m over it.”
She concludes: “I’m more than my measurements. I’m not Ashley Graham just because I’m curvy. For the past sixteen years, my body has been picked apart, manipulated, and controlled by others who don’t understand it. But now my career has given me a platform to use my voice to make a difference. We can’t create change until we recognize and check our own actions. If you see another woman taking a selfie or a photo in her bathing suit, encourage her because she actually feels beautiful, don’t give her the side eye because you think she’s feeling herself too hard. Why waste time and energy spewing negativity? Let’s worry about our own bodies.”
Well Ashley has a very valid point.