Ashley Graham is baring it all in a number of new sultry stills for V Magazine.
Stripping down for the magazine’s 107th issue in the black and white shots, the 29-year-old model opens up to her famous friend, Tracee Ellis Ross, about owning her body and embracing cellulite, idolizing Beyonce at a young age and using social media for good.
“I remember my first signs of cellulite, in middle school,” Graham recalls. “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 nonissue. It doesn’t define my worth.”
When asked about her role models, Graham recalls, “Growing up, I idolized Beyonce, JLo, and the Spice Girls. I was a mix between Ginger and Scary Spice.” She says, “Today, I have two role models. One of them is my mom. Just seeing how happy she has been going through [life] and how she’s handled every curveball is like, ‘That’s a woman who has integrity and dignity,” adding, “Business-wise, it’s Kathy Ireland. She’s OG.”
Speaking about social media, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model adds, “I think there are negative attachments to it as far as the face tuning and flawless face and big round butt and tiny waist. It’s like, we get it. But I honestly think social media has been a really great platform for young adults that haven’t been accepted. If nobody in their small town looks like them or is doing the same things as them, they can find people on the Internet.”