Model Ashley Graham is stripping down to nothing in the upcoming summer issue of V magazine!
In the issue, Graham was interviewed by friend and “black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross, who asked about self acceptance and her mantra for life.
Ashley has made a big name for herself after nabbing the cover of the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue last year. When Tracee asked when Graham started embracing her body, she recalled, "I think I hit bottom around 18. I was disgusted with myself and told my mom I was coming home. And she told me, 'No, you’re not, because you told me that this was what you wanted and I know you’re supposed to do this. It doesn’t matter what you think about your body, because your body is supposed to change somebody’s life.' To this day that sticks with me because I’m here today and I feel that it’s okay to have cellulite.”
Graham also opened up about her early awareness of cellulite and how her mom helped her accept her body. She shared, "I remember my first signs of cellulite, in middle school. I remember telling my mom, 'Isn’t it disgusting? It’s so ugly.' She pulled her pants down and said, 'Look, I have it, too.' And I was like, ‘Gasp!' She looked at me, then at it, and just rolled her eyes. She didn’t tell me that it’s beautiful or ugly. She just made it a nonissue. It doesn’t define my worth. If women like you and me continue to preach that, then I feel like younger girls are going to grasp it and they’re going to be like, 'Who cares!'”
As for her daily motto, the 29-year-old revealed, "I wake up sometimes and I feel like the fattest person alive, but I’m not going to let that affect the rest of my day. Say to yourself, 'I like this day. I am bold, I am beautiful, and I am brilliant.' For me, that hits the interior, the exterior, and it makes me feel smart.”