Ashley Graham, the first ever plus-size model, has stripped down for a black-and-white photo shoot for V magazine's latest issue. Graham posed naked and did the photo shoot to celebrate her body, embrace cellulite and tell everyone that she is not shy of flaunting her body.
Graham has shown her curves before as well but the latest photoshoot is her sexiest best. In one of the photos, she is just wearing a fishnet top, while in another she showed off her butt. The former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl, in an interview with the magazine ,opened up about the time when she just 18, body-shamed and was called "fat and ugly."
"I was disgusted with myself and told my mom I was coming home. And she told me, 'No, you're not, because you told me that this was what you wanted and I know you're supposed to do this. It doesn't matter what you think about your body, because your body is supposed to change somebody's life.' To this day that sticks with me because I'm here today and I feel that it's OK to have cellulite."
She revealed that it was during her middle school that she noticed her cellulite and that's when her mother explained that it was completely normal to have that. "I remember telling my mom, 'Isn't it disgusting? It's so ugly.' She pulled her pants down and said, 'Look, I have it, too.' And I was like, 'Gasp!' She looked at me, then at it, and just rolled her eyes. She didn't tell me that it's beautiful or ugly. She just made it a non issue. It doesn't define my worth."
Further, she revealed her mantra to deal with difficult situations in life. "If you say, 'I'm fat,' that's how you're going to feel. If you say, 'I'm stupid,' that's how you're going to start your day. I wake up sometimes and I feel like the fattest person alive, but I'm not going to let that affect the rest of my day. Say to yourself, 'I like this day. I am bold, I am beautiful, and I am brilliant.' For me, that hits the interior, the exterior, and it makes me feel smart."