When news broke that Ashley Graham, the "size sexy" model who took 2016 by storm, had landed her first Vogue cover, many celebrated the fact that, finally, a full-figured model was being praised by the fashion bible.
Editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman began her editor's letter for the January 2017 issue by thanking Coach and the creative direction of Stuart Vevers for dressing Ashley for the photo shoot and working "speedily to provide clothes for us that had to come from outside their sample range."
She revealed this came after many designers were not willing to dress one of the most sought-after models of the moment.
"[Coach] were enthusiastic about dressing a woman who is not a standard model, but sadly there were other houses that flatly refused to lend us their clothes," she wrote.
“For 10 years I’d been told I was always going to be a catalogue girl, never a cover girl. Well, I got with @imgmodels and did five covers in a year, boom, boom, boom. See, if you have a pretty face doors will open, but your job isn’t just to walk through them, it’s to get invited back." Read excerpts from @theashleygraham's #JanuaryVogue cover interview via the link in bio, plus get the issue on newsstands from Monday
"It seems strange to me that while the rest of the world is desperate for fashion to embrace broader definitions of physical beauty, some of our most famous fashion brands appear to be travelling in the opposite – and, in my opinion, unwise – direction."
It's no surprise the world of fashion has unrealistic body standards and lacks diversity.
This year, Leslie Jones tweeted out she was having a difficult time finding designers to dress her for the premiere of her film, "Ghostbusters." After being highly body shamed, designer Christian Siriano stepped into help.
It shouldn't be exceptional to work with brilliant people just because they're not sample size. Congrats aren't in order, a change is.— Christian Siriano (@CSiriano) June 29, 2016
As for Graham, she tells Vogue U.K. that it's her size that has made her the person she is today.
"Do I sometimes wish I were thinner? God, in the old days, absolutely I did, but now I feel that to lose weight would be disloyal to myself," she explained. "A lot of who I am is connected to my size, and I am so happy with who I am."
We can only hope that future high profile opportunities for Ashley involves her ~spreading her wings.~
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