Ashley Graham Realizes Dream As Sports Illustrated "Rookie", Hates "Plus-Size" Label

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Ashley Graham realized a dream of hers on Tuesday when it was announced that she was selected as one of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Rookies.

Ashley Graham, a plus-size model that appeared in an ad in last year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, couldn't be any happier with how far she has brought body image perceptions.

So far, Ashley Graham has starred as the face for Addition Elle’s latest sportswear collection, NYDJ’s Fit to Be campaign, and swimsuitsforall‘s new #SwimSexy campaign, among others.

#SwimSexy will be also be featured in Sports Illustrated 2016 Swimsuit issue. Ashley Graham is also the face of Lane Bryant’s latest campaign, #ThisBody.

But it seems Ashley Graham, while she is widely known as a plus-size model, doesn't really like the label.

She said, "I hate the word 'real woman' and I hate the word 'plus-size'."

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

Confidence is my golden rule. Have you seen my new #SwimSexy campaign with @swimsuitsforall in @SI_Swimsuit?

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Ashley Graham does understand "that a lot of women still love this word" and the culture of inclusion that is growing.

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

What do you think? Do you feel like Ashley Graham does about the term "plus-size"?

Lacy Langley
Lacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.