Photo via Asheley Graham/Annie Breen/Instagram

Ashley Graham wants to be the first plus-size Victoria’s Secret model

Can the body-positivity advocate make the lingerie company more inclusive?

 

Jessica Machado

IRL

Published Dec 7, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 10:42 am CDT

There are many body image barriers plus-size model Ashley Graham has broken this year—a Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover and a thighs-touching Barbie made in her likeness chief among them. But she let Instagram know Tuesday that there’s one more skinny-girl modeling ceiling she’s trying to shatter: walking in a Victoria’s Secret fashion show. 

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After the televised Victoria’s Secret fashion spectacular on Monday, Graham posted the fan art by Annie Breen, advertising the fake but hopeful lingerie line “Victoria’s Secret Plus!” 

While she isn’t the first to point out that the lingerie behemoth doesn’t embrace a woman over size 16 (many have even organized online petitions), Graham may just be the one to get to the company to listen, with her strong social media presence and her advocacy for body inclusion in the industry. 

“I felt free once I realized I was never going to fit in the mold that society wanted me to fit in,” she said in her TED Talk last year. “I’m never going to be perfect enough for an industry that defines perfection from the outside in … rolls, curves, cellulite—all of it. I love every part of me.”

H/T Allure

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*First Published: Dec 7, 2016, 12:41 pm CST