Ashley Graham is opening up about her monumental career as a model.
In a new interview with New York Magazine, Graham, 29, acknowledges that her career as a model has benefited because of her white privilege.
After having a conversation with her husband Justin Ervin, Graham admits that because she is white, she’s given more opportunities than other models, in particular, women of colour. “I know I’m on this pedestal because of white privilege,” she said.
For Graham, not seeing a more inclusive group of models in the modeling world has been frustrating. “To not see black or Latina women as famous in my industry is crazy! I have to talk about it. I want to give those women kudos because they are the ones who paved the way for me,” Graham continued.
With her continuing soaring success, Graham is looking to bring other models who are women of colour along with her. Graham said she is looking to give her fellow models like like Marquita Pring, Precious Lee, and Julie Henderson, the same success she has experienced.
“I’m getting a seat at the table we’ve never had before, and I’m also pulling up a couple of seats around me,” she said. “I know this isn’t about me. Just one girl is not going to change the world,” she explained.