Ashley Graham Excited About Appearing in 2016 "Sports Illustrated" Swimsuit Edition

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Ashley Graham is excited to have landed a spot inside the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. The so-called "plus-size" model was named as one of five members of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie Class.

Graham shared her excitement in an Instagram post.

"It's official--I'm a @si_swimsuit model!! This is a dream come true. Thank you to everyone who stood up for curves- our voices were heard and together we can help me win Rookie of the Year. Stay tuned for voting instructions #beautybeyondsize #siswim," Ashley Graham captioned a photo of herself looking tan and sexy on a beach.

Something Graham isn't excited about is the term "plus-size" when referring to models--or anyone, for that matter.

"I hate the word 'real woman' and I hate the word 'plus-size,'" she said in an interview with E! News ahead of the debut of her Ashley Graham lingerie collection for Addition Elle.

"I've got plenty of friends [of all sizes] and different shapes and everything," she added, "and I don't want any of them to feel like they aren't 'real women.'"

Ashley Graham recognizes that some women like to categorize themselves as plus-size, and she respects that.

"I totally respect that," she said, "but for someone like me, I don't feel the connection to the word 'plus-sized.'"

Fans can check out Ashley Graham--and the rest of the sexy Sports Illustrated models--in the magazine's swimsuit addition when it hits news stands later in February.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.