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It looks like model Ashley Graham is ready to retire the term “plus-sized.” During a panel at SXSW 2016 titled “Acceptance Revolution: Fashion’s New Body” the 28-year-old bombshell spoke up about the how she really feels about the popular adjective. “I think the word plus-sized is totally outdated,” she said, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Since the beginning of her career, the curvy catwalker has worked hard to prove that beauty comes in different sizes. “It shouldn’t be about labels,” Graham explained to the audience. “I don’t want to be called a label. I want to be called a model.” And when it comes to modeling, Graham has had a successful career. She made history earlier this year as the first size-14 model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue, she’s starred in major ad campaigns with international fashion brands like Lane Bryant and Forever21, and she’s walked on the runway at New York Fashion Week.
Graham’s goal is to encourage others to see past the antiquated notions of beauty, not only through imagery in the magazines and on the runway, but also by thinking carefully about the language we use. “As a body activist, I want to tell women to not be totally subjected to the beauty standards around you,” the blossoming star went on to elaborate.
Graham admitted that some women disagree with her stance, and they embrace the use of the term “plus-size.” While she is grateful for how it was instrumental in helping her develop her successful career, she believes that identifying her work by just one category creates an unnecessary division. Either way you put it, it’s clear to see that Graham is making a huge impact in the industry with her head-turning style and undeniable red-carpet confidence.
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