29-year-old plus sized model and body activist Ashley Graham stepped out to promote her new memoir “A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty and Power Really Look Like.” which is coming out today.
she opens up about some of the criticism and fat-shaming she endured from father, growing up.
“Constant criticism – that was my dad through and through, My father was a master of the cutting insult. His nickname for me was, ‘Duh,’ because he didn’t think I was very smart. The worst I ever felt in my entire career was when, a few years into my career, my dad agreed with my new agent, who said I needed to ‘tighten up.’ … I was sobbing because my dad thought I should lose weight.”
Ashley has gone on to be the first curvy model featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, landed on the cover of Vogue, She also was a judge in America’s Next Top Model and she is currently an advocate for plus size and curvy models