Ashley Graham is never shy about expressing her opinions on body positivity. To politely sum up her views on the matter: if you choose to be critical of Graham’s figure, you can just step to the fucking left right now, haters.
Recently, Graham took to Instagram to remind her followers that her lethal curves simply cannot be contained — and how she’s totally unaffected by anyone who might feel compelled to comment on her cellulite or bumps.
Graham shared a snapshot from the set of the recent Baywatch movie, which features an unapologetic amount of ass cheek, accompanied by a fabulous hair flip. She captioned the photo “When they call you ‘brave’ … “
Graham knows that she looks damn good, regardless of her size, and she’s not here for anyone who’s trying to force her to conform to any unrealistic body standards.
But Graham isn’t just willing to be honest about her body — she’s also willing to open up about the obstacles she’s faced as a plus-size model working in the industry.
During an interview for the July issue of Glamour, Graham revealed that she had been sexually harassed on the set of a photoshoot when she was just a teenager.
“There was an incident on set of a campaign job when I was 17 years old ― I haven’t told this story ― and there was a photo assistant who was into me,” Graham told Glamour. “He was like, ‘Hey, come here,’ and he led me into a closet. And I was like, ‘What?’ I thought he was going to show me something. And he pulled me in, and he pulled his penis out. And he was like, ‘Grab it.’ And I was like, ‘No! That’s disgusting.’ I freaked out. And thank God I was closer to the door, and I just bolted out.”
“I’ve seen him at jobs since. I even knew a girl he dated,” she continued. “I didn’t tell her because there was a voice in me that said, ‘Maybe he’s changed.’ It was my young mentality.”
She says that the emotionally scarring event ultimately made her be more insistent on only participating in shoots that make her feel comfortable and empowered.
“I told myself, ever since that incident, that I wasn’t going to allow someone at work to manipulate what I wanted to do on set. So any image that you see out there is one that I wanted to take.”