All-around goddess and plus-size model Ashley Graham is no stranger to internet trolls. Despite her on-fleek eyebrows and powerful sensuality, she’s met with near constant fat shaming on Instagram.
It’s enough to make you squirm — especially if you’ve ever been fat shamed, or felt a bit out of place in your body before (who hasn’t?). But Ashley Graham, the first size 14 model to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, is a force to be reckoned with, channeling power we all wish we had.
On October 8, she posted an intense gym workout video — a grueling exercise led by her trainer, Christine Grubbs, forcing her core against a resistance band. The video and hashtag #curvyfit say it all: She’s got breasts, thighs, and a butt that won’t quit — and she can move mountains with her power.
But fat shamers took her obvious strength and femininity and turned it on its head. “Ever heard of portion or self-control? It is not about size. If you want to be the every woman’s ‘curvy hero,’ assume the responsibility of setting a healthy example,” one commenter wrote. Another added, “You still need to be fat to be a model.”
In response, Ashley Graham took a stand: “Every time after I post a workout video, I get comments like, ‘You’ll never be skinny, so stop trying,’ ‘Don’t workout [sic] too hard, you’ll get skinny.’”
“Just for the record — I workout [sic] to: stay healthy, feel good, get rid of jet lag, clear my head, show big girls we can move like the rest of ’em, stay flexible and strong, have more energy,” posted Graham.
She concluded her message by saying she doesn’t work out to lose weight or her curves because she loves the skin she’s in. When you choose exercise, you choose strength. You choose purpose. You choose power.
Let’s keep fighting the good fight, eating what we like, and promoting body positivity — with Ashley Graham as our guide.