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Ashley Graham Proves Her Cellulite Really Can 'Change Someone's Life'

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Ashley Graham is one of the handful of amazing women on the forefront of the body-positive movement.

The 28-year-old was the first plus-size model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated and was also featured on the cover of Glamour's very first plus-size issue. She's making waves and doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.

In a recent interview with Seventeen, the model talked about the development of the body-positive movement. She's seen the transformation of the fashion industry up close and personal, and according to her, things are looking up.

I was never even able to say the names of five curvy women I could look up to, and now I can.

Graham feels honored to have the opportunity to "change someone's life" with her body.

She said,

I love how the world is changing right before my eyes. I like to say that my cellulite is changing someone's life out there.

It's time we start accepting cellulite, isn't it? Because the struggle with cellulite is something all women know too well.

The ever-growing presence of plus-size women in fashion as well as in television, movies and media has had a lasting, positive effect on women everywhere, especially Graham.

And I think in the last two years you've been able to see it more than ever. You've seen curvy women on the covers of magazines, and commercials, and movies. And I was never even able to say the names of five curvy women I could look up to, and now I can.

Of course, not everyone is on board. When it comes to the haters and body-shamers, Graham has had her fair share, but she's done dealing with them.

At the end of the day I'm tired of addressing it on social media, because I already wrote about it on Lenny Letter ... Look, people, if you can't get on the bandwagon, sayonara. But body shaming on every spectrum has to stop.

And Graham isn't the only plus-size model who wants to put body-shaming to an end.

In a recent video Lane Byrant put out for its fall #ThisBody Is Made To Shine campaign, Graham along with other familiar plus-size faces like Gabourey Sidibe, Danielle Brooks, Candice Huffine and Alessandra Garcia read negative, body-shaming comments aloud while showing off their sexy curves.

These gorgeous women are easily able to prove the haters wrong. They rock their curves with confidence, and we should, too.

Lane Bryant on YouTube

 

Citations: Ashley Graham: "I Like to Say My Cellulite Is Changing Someone's Life Out There" (Seventeen)