ASHLEY GRAHAM // Model, Designer, Author and Body Activist
Ashley Graham, 29, was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and signed with an international modeling agency at the age of 13. She has worked in numerous areas of the fashion industry including editorial, catalogue, runway, commercial, television and film. In February 2015, she starred in #CurvesinBikinis, a campaign with swimsuitsforall that made her the first size 14 model to appear in an ad in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit edition. In February 2016, she was selected as a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie and also landed one of three covers for the magazine, making her the first size 14 model to ever be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
A leader for the body positive movement, Ashley has been featured on the covers of Vogue, British Vogue, Cosmopolitan, SELF, Maxim and many more. In January 2016, Ashley was named to Forbes Magazine’s coveted “30 Under 30” list and was featured on the cover of the magazine’s January issue alongside top celebrities and entrepreneurs. In November 2016, Glamour named her “Woman of the Year,” while Mattel simultaneously created a one-of-a-kind Barbie in her likeness. In December 2016, People Magazine named Ashley one of the “25 Most Intriguing People of the Year,” and she was recently named to TIME’s 2017 “Most Influence People in the World” list.
A business-savvy entrepreneur, Ashley collaborates with Canadian brand Addition Elle, Dressbarn and swimsuitsforall, for whom she designs lingerie, dress and swimwear collections.
Additionally, Ashley is a sought-after television personality and has hosted international programs and events such as Miss Universe 2017 and Miss USA 2016. She was recently a judge on VH1’s America’s Next Top Model where she provided her expert advice on how to become a boss, brand and a business woman.
As a role model and body activist, Ashley is regularly invited to speak at national conferences, high schools and girls’ groups about body image, self-acceptance and female empowerment. Her first TEDx talk “Plus Size? More Like My Size” was given at TEDxBerleeValencia in April 2015.
Ashley’s first book, A NEW MODEL: What Confidence, Beauty & Power Really Look Like, will be available on May 9, 2017 with Dey Street Books.