“To some I’m too curvy. To others I’m too tall, too busty, too loud, and, now, too small — too much, but at the same time not enough.”
Though supermodel Ashley Graham has been modeling for 16 years, she had a hugely successful 2016.
She was on the covers of magazines like Sports Illustrated and Cosmopolitan, and is going to be a judge on the new season of America's Next Top Model.
As someone in the public eye, Ashley gets a fair share of criticism. But in an essay for Lenny, Ashley talks about just how sick she is of body-shaming.
Ashley writes that she decided to Instagram a photo of herself wearing a hot white crop top/skirt combo and leather Balmain jacket. But when she looked at the comments, she was dismayed at some of the responses, which included “I am so disappointed in you” and “You don't love the skin you're in, you want to conform to Hollywood, you believe being skinnier is prettier.”
According to the comments, some people were upset because I appeared to be slimmer. (Knowing my angles is one thing, but I must be a magician to make people think I went from a size 14 to a size 6 in a week!) The reality is I haven't lost a pound this year. In fact, I'm actually heavier than I was three years ago, but I accept my body as it is today. I work out not to lose weight but to maintain my good health. And anyway, if I did want to lose weight, it would be no one's decision but my own.