Graham, Elesser bring ‘body revolution’ to ‘Vogue Arabia’

If being comfortable in your own skin is a revolution, these two models can bring their revolution to every corner of the globe — and that’s exactly what they’re doing.

According to Cosmopolitan, models Ashley Graham and Paloma Elesser are sharing the cover of Vogue Arabia‘s July/August issue, dubbed their “Body Revolution” issue as it boasts “The best summer looks to celebrate all shapes.” While both look just as stunning in silver in their shared cover as they do in their close-up solo covers, what they said inside the magazine is just as eye-catching.

Cosmo says Graham discussed how she believes making people feel good and comfortable in their own skin is something of a “calling” for her.

“My mother told me that when I walked into a room, I would greet every single person — even at three years old. It was more of an emotion that I would give people, and it would leave them feeling good about who they are,” she explained. “I think that’s what I’m doing today: letting women know that they are worthy, that they are beautiful, and that they can be happy with who they are in their skin.”

Elesser, however, took her turn to describe how she has come to accept herself, which has everything to do with how she manages her feelings about her body and nothing to do with changing who she is.

“The feelings that I have about my body today aren’t very different from the way I felt about it in first grade,” she said, according to Cosmo. “What has changed is the way I navigate those feelings.”

 

Graham’s new swimwear campaign features paparazzi photos

Who needs a professional photoshoot when your paparazzi photos are this good? The answer for Ashley Graham was simple: she didn’t.

So when the model and author debuted her latest swimsuit collection for inclusive swimwear company Swimsuits for All, HuffPost says the collection’s campaign “features unedited and unretouched paparazzi photos of Graham wearing the new suits.”

Called the “Power of Paparazzi,” the campaign shows off an all-new nine-piece collection that, HuffPost reportsis inspired by the 1920s and its famous art-deco style, which makes its way into the collection via “leaf appliqué and gold stitching,” as evidenced by the Ritzy swimsuit and “braided details and gold beading” on the Whoopee bikini. All styles are available in sizes 4-22, according to HuffPost, and is priced between $102-$120.

While the styles are certainly different, Graham told HuffPost that the campaign was also a first for her.

“This campaign is different than any other I have worked on throughout my entire career,” she said. “I hope these images instill a fearless belief in everyone to be happy in their own skin and enjoy living in the moment, no matter who is watching.”

Amen to that!

Shop the collection here.

Graham gets big beauty contract

Ashley Graham is coming to makeup ads near you.

According to Fashionista, the body-positive super model has signed on to participate in Revlon’s “Live Boldly” campaign, joining the likes of actor Gal Gadot and fellow models  Adwoa Aboah, Imaan Hammam and Raquel Zimmerman. In speaking to WWD, Graham showed that she isn’t afraid to admit how excited she is to participate in such a “groundbreaking” campaign.

“Historically, curvy girls are not given beauty contacts,” Graham saidFashionista reports. “It’s kind of groundbreaking, because in my generation of models, this hasn’t happened yet. This is one of those moments where I’m over the moon, I cried a little.”

Joining a campaign that Fashionista says Graham wanted to join the moment she heard the name, the model and author said that the campaign’s theme is in perfect harmony with her personal motto.

“To ‘live boldly” is the mantra of my life. Every day in the mirror I say to myself, ‘I am bold, I am brilliant, I am beautiful,’ and together with Revlon, we can inspire all women to do the same.”

 

Graham gives [not-so-subtle] hints to VS

When describing the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, one phrase pretty much sums it up: a glitzy extravaganza of skinny supermodels parading down a runway in lingerie. But one model wants to see that change.

According to Glamour, Ashley Graham took to Instagram last week to share her aspirations of walking the catwalk of the VS Fashion Show by sharing a photoshopped image of herself in lingerie wearing a large pair of the famed angel wings, depicting her on the VS runway. While she already has the look down, Glamour says the photo is actually from her trip down the catwalk during New York Fashion Week for Canadian clothier, Addition Elle.

Captioning the photo, “”Got my wings! 🦋💐🌈😜 .. my #AdditionElle wings! #thickthighssavelives,” Glamour says Graham is continuing to put pressure on Victoria’s Secret to include plus models in their lineup. During last year’s show, Glamour reports that Graham “uploaded fan art of herself in a similar outfit, walking in front of the brand’s signature pink-and-white stripes under a sign that read ‘Victoria’s Secret Plus!,'” and days later, she told TMZ that she would immediately say ‘yes’ if the lingerie company called her to model for them.

Here’s hoping Graham’s dream comes true so she can keep breaking boundaries in the modeling game!

Graham gives fashion week advice

Ashely Graham knows a thing or two about injecting a bit of body diversity into the fashion industry, and at this season’s New York Fashion Week, she truly outdid herself by featuring all body types on the runway of her lingerie show for Addition Elle. But, the trailblazing model wishes she could say the same for other fashion shows.

According to Cosmopolitan, Graham told Yahoo Style that Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma show should have added curvier models to their already diverse lineup walking down the runway.

“I was at Fenty last night, and that was an amazing show. But how dope would it have been to see some curves on the runway?” she said, before adding that “it was a very diverse group of women, which was really nice.”

Hopefully, with more people like Graham speaking out on the lack of body diversity in the fashion industry, things will finally begin to change.

 

Swimsuits for All offers new ‘Baywatch’ style

Sexy swimwear isn’t just for tiny Hollywood actresses — thanks to Swimsuits for All, they’re available for anyone of any size.

According to InStyle, photos released in March showed Ashley Graham, Teyana Taylor and Niki Taylor all donning a red Baywatch-style swimsuit, complete with a high-cut leg and scoop back, in a Swimsuits for All ad campaign. The images were of course body positive, says InStyle, as each model “rocks her suit with her own signature style and personality interjected.”

But InStyle reports that those photos were only preceding the public launch of the swimsuit, which is now available on Swimsuits for All’s website. The $84 swimsuit is sold in sizes ranging from four to 22, so anyone who opts for the suit can feel sexy all summer long.

Shop the style here.

Graham gives body-positive advice from mom

Moms always know just what to say.

Take Ashley Graham’s mom, for instance. In a new interview with V Magazine, the model told of the first time she uncovered cellulite on her body in middle school, reports Refinery29. 

“I remember telling my mom, ‘Isn’t it disgusting? It’s so ugly,’” Graham said, according to Refinery29. “She pulled her pants down and said, ‘Look, I have it, too.’ And I was like, ‘Gasp!’ She looked at me, then at it, and just rolled her eyes. She didn’t tell me that it’s beautiful or ugly. She just made it a nonissue.”

Today adds that Graham hopes to see the culture surrounding body imperfections change, saying “If women like you and me continue to preach that, then I feel like younger girls are going to grasp it and they’re going to be like, ‘Who cares!’”

Besides focusing on accepting the outsides of our bodies, Graham said doing so can only begin by loving who you are on the inside.

“I wake up sometimes and I feel like the fattest person alive, but I’m not going to let that affect the rest of my day,” she said, according to Refinery29. “Say to yourself, ‘I like this day. I am bold, I am beautiful, and I am brilliant.’ For me, that hits the interior, the exterior, and it makes me feel smart.”

Truly words to live by.

SI’s swimsuit issue debuts nonmodels

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is filled each year with bikini-clad models and nearly nude beach goddesses, but this year, the issue features women who look a little different — in fact, they look just like us.

While model Ashley Graham takes centerstage in an ad for Swimsuits for All — with whom she has swimsuit collaboration — PopSugar says the model brought along a few women who aren’t models to help show off the sexy swimwear.

This marks the “first time that Sports Illustrated has featured everyday ladies living it up in their bikinis and one-pieces, no contract or fashion resume required,” PopSugar reports.

Representing women both old and young of varying sizes, the ad campaign — called “Every Body, Every Age, Every Beautiful” — highlights the natural beauty that can only come from a diverse group of women. Photographed in San Juan , Puerto Rico with local women, Graham told Harper’s Bazaar that the campaign not only captures “the essence of the city’s culture,” it also brings body positivity to the fore.

“SI Swim, Swimsuits For All and I all share the same mission to celebrate the female body and empower women to feel good in their own skin. That’s why it was important to debut the “Every Body, Every Age, Every Beautiful” ad in the issue again this year and show even more diverse women.”

To check out the photos from Graham’s Swimsuits for All campaign, click here.

Graham gets her own Barbie

Following the likes of film director Ava DuVernay and ballerina Misty Copeland, model Ashley Graham was recently received an honor only a select few women have received thus far.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a brand-new Barbie is being made in the model’s likeness, furthering Mattel’s latest mission to promote diversity and inclusivity in their dolls. Saying that the doll is “all about advocating for women of all sizes to be represented in the industry,” THR says Graham worked with Graham to create a doll that accurately depicted her likeness — and even included some of her own preferences.

Not only did Graham get to choose what her doll would wear, which THR says is a miniature version of an outfit she’d previously worn — “a sparkly Opening Ceremony bodycon dress, a Sonia Rykiel cropped jean jacket decorated in patches and spiky Pierre Hardy boots” — she also told the designers at Mattel that she wanted her doll to have one very specific feature.

“She had to have her thighs touch,” Graham said, according to THR. Wanting the doll to reflect her as much as possible, Graham also shared that she asked for cellulite to be included on the doll, but “obviously plastic and cellulite don’t go hand in hand.”

But for her, having the doll lack a thigh gap wasn’t just about being true to her own body; it was also about the message it would send to young girls.

“The thighs touching was one way to show young girls that it’s OK for your thighs to touch, despite society saying that a ‘thigh gap’ is more beautiful,” Graham told THR.

Hopeful that the doll will help girls accept their bodies as they are, THR says Graham wants her doll to be a source of inspiration for girls everywhere, because “now every girl does look like Barbie. It’s not an unattainable thing.”

To see Graham’s new mini-me, click here.

 

Everybody has a beach body

If you’ve ever felt insecure putting on a bathing suit, you’re certainly not alone. But a new campaign is here to tell you that you can strut your stuff on the beach and feel comfortable, confident and beautiful, flaws and all.

According to the Huffington Post, a new string of ads by swimwear company SwimsuitsForAll has decided to tear down the concept of the thigh gap — a purported space between a woman’s thighs. The message behind the campaign: you are beautiful in a swimsuit no matter your body type, shape or size, whether you have a thigh gap or not.

Featured in the campaign is Ashley Graham, who has a collection of swimsuits with the online retailer, as well as Aerie model Iskra Lawrence and fellow models Denise Bidot and Jordyn Woods, says Huffington Post.

Each model was photographed from behind, says Huffington Post, showing each woman’s  best ‘assets’ while simultaneously taking down the notion that a thigh gap is necessary to look good in a bathing suit.

SwimsuitsForAll’s adjoining social media campaign — #myswimbody — was first launched in May, says Huffington Post, and encourages social media users to share their own swimsuit photos. But the recent thigh gap ads further drive home the message that everybody has a beach-ready body.

“Mind the gap, or don’t mind the gap – who cares?” SwimsuitsForAll said in a statement, according to Huffington Post. “It’s the summer of #MySwimBody!”