Ashley Graham wants everyone to love the skin they’re in. On Thursday, the 28-year-old supermodel shared a candid photo of her stretch marks and cellulite on Instagram, reminding her followers that beauty isn’t limited to a size zero.
In the snap, the America’s Next Top Model judge can be seen lounging beachside in a leopard print bikini and gold body chain. Graham – who’s in the Philippines ahead of Sunday’s Miss Universe telecast – writes: “I workout. I do my best to eat well. I love the skin I’m in. And I’m not ashamed of a few lumps, bumps or cellulite.. and you shouldn’t be either. #beautybeyondsize #lovetheskinyourein”
Last year, the brunette beauty made history when she became the first plus-size model to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. Since then, Graham has gone from strength to strength and continues to use her star power to promote body positivity and self-acceptance.
She explains: “I’m using my body to let other women know that imperfections are okay, that cellulite, rolls, curves, all of it, things that jiggle that ‘shouldn’t be jiggling’ are okay.” In November 2016, Graham rightfully took home one of Glamour‘s Women of the Year awards.
During her acceptance speech, the star said: “This isn’t just for me. This is for the girl who got into a bikini for the first time this year, the mother who just had a child and she’s embracing her stretch marks on her stomach, for that girl who said, ‘No I’m actually not going to lose weight for you, boyfriend,’ and for the woman who can actually look in the mirror and say ‘I love you’ and mean it. It’s for those girls.”