In Vogue’s 125-year history, models of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities have been featured on their cover. The only exception to that is the inclusion of plus-sized models, until now.
Ashley Graham has been named as the first ever plus-sized model to grace a Vogue cover. She joins well-known names like Vittoria Ceretti, Imaan Hammam, Adwa Aboah, Liu Wen, Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner on a cover directed towards female empowerment and celebrating the female body.
“In a climate of immigration bans and building walls, the biggest names in 2017 make the case that there isn’t just one type of American girl — nor has there ever been,” Maya Singer wrote in the issue’s cover story.
In the same story, Graham was quoted saying “Sixty-seven percent of the women in America wear a size 14 or larger… Maybe you could ignore those consumers before, but now, thanks to social media, they’re making their voices heard… What they want is to be visible.”
Graham is known for being a body activist, having become one of the most established plus-sized models in the world today. She was featured previously in the 2015 edition of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue for her Swimsuits For All collection.
This was also the first time the publication included a plus-sized model. One year later, she ascended to the 2016 edition’s cover with plans for her to return for the 2017 cover as well.
Congratulations are in order for Ashley. Her success mutually benefits her career as much as it does body acceptance worldwide, helping the self-esteem of millions who struggle with self-esteem and self-image every day.