Ashley Graham’s big year is getting even bigger.
The model, identified as “plus-size”, has just been named to the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit rookie class.
And according to Graham, you can thank everyone that “stood up for curves.”
“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,” the model wrote on Instagram.
Sports Illustrated had this to say about Graham:
Ashley, a native of Lincoln, NE, started her career at the age of 12, when she was discovered while shopping at her local mall in Omaha. Since then, she’s gone on to do everything from editorial to runway to catalog, and is best known for her work as a lingerie model for retailer Lane Bryant. In 2013, she also partnered with Canadian brand Addition Elle to develop her own lingerie line, and has branded herself over the years as an advocate for beauty of all shapes and sizes.
— SI Swimsuit (@SI_Swimsuit) February 10, 2016