Ashley Graham is an American model, designer, author and body activist whose influence has reshaped the fashion and media industries and redefined traditional beauty standards. Signed with IMG, Graham has worked in numerous areas of the fashion industry including editorial, catalogue, runway, commercial, television and film. In February 2016, Graham made history as the first size 14 model to ever be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swim . In January 2018, she became a brand ambassador for Revlon, making her the first curvy model of her generation to receive a major beauty contract.
Graham has been featured on the covers of Vogue , British Vogue , Harper’s Bazaar UK , Cosmopolitan , SELF , New York Magazine, Maxim and many more. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including Forbes’ coveted “30 Under 30” list and cover feature; Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” with Mattel simultaneously creating a one-of-a-kind Barbie in her likeness; People’s “25 Most Intriguing People of the Year”; Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the Word”; The Daily Front Row’s “Fashion Force of the Year,” and is the United Nation’s Women for Peace Association’s first “Women Empowerment Award” recipient.
A business-savvy entrepreneur, Graham has collaborated with Addition Elle, Marina Rinaldi and Swimsuits For All to design size inclusive lingerie, clothing and swimwear. She is a sought-after television personality and has hosted internationally televised programs such as Miss Universe and Miss USA.
Graham is the host of Lifetime’s “American Beauty Star” season two and was previously a judge on VH1’s “America’s Next Top Model,” where she provides her expert advice on how to become a boss, brand and a businesswoman. As a role model and body activist, Graham is regularly invited to speak at national conferences, high schools and girls’ groups about body image, self-acceptance and female empowerment.
Her first TEDx talk “Plus Size? More Like My Size” was delivered at TEDxBerleeValencia in April 2015. Graham’s podcast, Pretty Big Deal, launched in October 2018, featuring intimate, off the cuff conversations with some of the boldest, most influential people in the world. Her first book, A NEW MODEL: What Confidence, Beauty & Power Really Look Like , was published in May 2017 with HarperCollins.