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When we think of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models,we picture a tall, skinny and slightly curvy girl. But this year Sports refused to stick to the typical stereotypes, illustrated Ashely graham, the plus size model as the cover girl. The centerpiece of Sports Illustrated’s cover, Ashley Graham proudly shows off her bikini body while playing in the frothy beach waves.

Ashley is a model for 15 years and has worked for almost everyone in the plus-size industry. She has been the face of Lane Bryant and Forever 21+ for along time now. She even started her own lingerie line with Addition Elle.

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She is an aspiring women for all those young women who are still not able to accept what they are. She calls herself a body activist, claiming that beauty is beyond sizes. She says her goal is to redefine beauty, to give a voice to young women who struggled to find someone they can look upto.

Ashley tells women to be their own role model. She reveals that, instead of revering famous curvy women like Marilyn Monroe or Jennifer Lopez, she looked up to her own mother. Her mother never devalued herself, and she never let Ashley devalue herself either.

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Ashley has a strong body confidence, who strives to stop the division of women into body categories. She wants to be recognized as just another model – not a “plus-size” model –and she wants similar treatment for her fellow females.

Ashley was an established model before she even graduated from high school. She entered the modeling industry when she was 12, Graham began her journey of self-discovery not in college but on a New York catwalk. Her fireball career put her on Sports Illustrated’s radar. In a recent interview, Sports Illustrated’s Assistant Managing Editor MJ Day exalted Graham, describing her as “a champion for all women.”

Ashley Graham isn’t just a pretty face and a killer body; she is a complete role model for any woman who has been told she can’t do something. She’s a stunning beauty who would do anything for just one young woman to feel better about the person she is. And that, not her size, is what makes her who she is.