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Ashley Graham's TEDx Talk On Body Image Is As Beautiful As Her

06/01/2015 04:23 EDT | Updated 06/01/2015 04:59 EDT

Ashley Graham has a message for women everywhere: you don't need anyone else to tell you you're beautiful.

All you need is to know it yourself, on your own terms.

Graham, the 27-year-old model and body image activist who made history as the first to appear in a plus-size ad in Sports Illustrated earlier this year, delivered her message as part of a TEDx Talk that took place at the Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain in April, and was posted to YouTube last week.

She began her talk by looking into a mirror and speaking directly to various parts of her body: "Thick thighs, you are just so sexy, you can't stop rubbing each other. That's all right, I'm going to keep you."

From there she launched into a inspiring speech about accepting who you are ... and looking beyond the "plus size" moniker.

"The fashion industry may persist to label me as plus size, but I like to think of it as my size," she said.

It's a persuasive talk that deserves to be heard for all of its nine minutes and 55 seconds.

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