Ashley Graham Feels Flawless at Any Size -- & That's All Fans Need to Know

Ashley Graham

While it's absolutely nice to have role models, I think it's especially important to look to yourself as an example and for validation. Otherwise, I can almost guarantee you won't ever be satisfied. Or at least that seems to be the case for former fans of plus-size model Ashley Graham, who are critiquing the model's seemingly slender waistline after she posted a recent Instagram picture. 

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As per usual, Graham looked stunning in the photo captioned, "Glam squad magic" -- but that didn't stop the trolls from body shaming and accusing her of losing weight, something that the model herself has yet to confirm. 

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Glam squad magic �

A photo posted by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@theashleygraham) on

Comments ranged from users who asked, "Why are you changing yourself? I thought you were comfortable being yourself and being plus size" to harsher vitriol like:

I knew it you did lose a lot of weight! I am no longer a fan of yours you betrayed a lot of people! So I'll find another plus size beautiful woman bcuz yo're full of sh*t!!! #damnshame #justliketherest.

As long as she's happy and healthy, then it seems that true fans would be happy -- otherwise it just appears to be hatred (self and otherwise).

I'm just not understanding how a group of people can take an advocate who is trying to prevent body shaming and subject her to the same kind of rhetoric. She is someone who did and still does advocate for curvier women. I think it's hypocritical and just plain ugly. 

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But, of course, no one banked on the model's clapping back after all their uncalled-for comments -- as she had every right to. While others seem to look to her to confirm that their size and beauty is in fact beautiful, Ashley's comeback comment made it clear that she's not looking to anyone but her damn self when it comes to beauty standards and acceptance. According to E!, she responded with a comment of her own, saying:

People come on my page and body shame me because I'm too big, because I'm too small, because I'm not good enough for their standards ... But at the end of the day I'm good enough for me. Angles will make anyone look bigger or smaller and I just happen to know mine.

She even took it a step further by captioning a Snapchat photo of herself on the runway: "I will not let others dictate what they think my body should look like for their own comfort, and neither should you."

Frankly, it seems to me that there's only one lesson you should be taking from Ashley Graham -- the lesson of loving yourself despite criticism. The sad reality is that no matter what she does, the trolls truly won't ever be satisfied with her.

Sure, she's advocated for curvier women, but that should not require her to remain the same size forever. That doesn't force her to forfeit her right to change her mind or her body or decide that she might want to be a size smaller than she was a year ago or even a month ago. It doesn't mean she has to explain weight loss or weight gain and why it happened -- or didn't. It's none of our damn business.

With that said, we support any look the model chooses to rock, as she truly looks beautiful at whatever size.

In fact, we're trying to find those "angles" that the model spoke so highly of -- because good angles never hurt anyone (clearly). 

 

Image via theashleygraham/Instagram

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