Ashley Graham has been seriously slaying over in the modeling world as of late. The curvy beauty not only launched her own plus-size lingerie line last year, she was also the first plus-size model to ever be featured in a Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition. While that moment definitely served as a major catalyst for the body positivity movement, it should be noted that Graham was featured in an ad in the magazine, not an editorial shoot. However, for the upcoming 2016 edition, Graham is not only one of the selected SI models, she’s also in the running to be the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie of the Year.
Ashely shared the news on her Instagram earlier today. She writes, “It’s official – I’m a @si_swimsuit model!! This is a dream come true. Thank you to everyone who stood up for curves- our voices were heard and together we can help me win Rookie of the Year.” Graham is up against four other top models for the coveted spot. SI has revealed Barbara Palvin as one of the other rookie contenders with three more that remain unannounced at the time of this posting.
Regardless of whether Ashely wins the title or not, this is a major moment for body positivity. Not only do Graham’s stunning features rival other SI rookies and veterans, Ashley’s curvier bod offers a much-needed and super refreshing dose of diversity to the bunch. Graham, you’ve got our vote for sure.
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(Photos via @theashleygraham and Fernando Leon/Getty)