“Do not pay attention to rules,” Ashley Graham tells us behind the scenes on her August issue cover shoot. “We have been told that we can’t wear stripes, or that we can’t wear short skirts because our cellulite’s going to come out. I say, screw the rules, make your own, and have fun with fashion.”
At the age of 30, and a size 18, Graham is now the world’s most successful plus-size model (although she herself dislikes the term, preferring ‘curvy’). She’s spoken openly about the bullying she suffered growing up in the Midwest, and how she managed to turn an unhappy childhood into a multi-million dollar career by accepting and loving who she is.