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am all for plus size and all that plus thing but come on, where are her curves? photoshopping a fat person doesnt make it an example to live by…same as photoshopping a thin person, not right.

 

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“Girls who are insecure about their bodies, girls who feel fat, girls who have cellulite, girls who have stretch marks on their body — those are all the things that I had as a kid and I never had a woman like me growing up to look at,” Graham told PeopleStyle. “I had my mother and that’s one thing, but to have somebody who has cellulite, who has things that jiggle, who has back fat and talk about how you can be a overcomer and not let society take you down for all of that. That’s real.”

 

After landing her SI Swim cover, Graham told us that not only was it a personal victory, but it marked a societal shift which she’s very passionate about.

 

“I know these celebrity entrepreneurs are just people,” she tells Maxim. “They’ve just been given the right opportunities and have soared with them. And that’s what I’m trying to do.”

 

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2016 is the year of the monkey. But according to our style calendar, it’s also the year of Ashley Graham. She landed a barrier-breaking Sports Illustrated Swim cover, plus a ton of empowering campaigns. She started her own lingerie line and her own clothing line with Dressbarn. Now the size 16 model is disrobing once again for another big honor: the cover of Maxim.

 

More from @maximmag shot by @gilles_bensimon!! Wearing my AshleyGrahamXSwimsuitsForAll swim collection to be launched in May!! A photo posted by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@theashleygraham) on Mar 28, 2016 at 11:00am PDT