Plus-size? More Like My Size | Ashley Graham | TEDxBerkleeValencia

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Internationally-known body activist, model and entrepreneur, Ashley Graham, describes her journey into fashion industry stardom. She doesn't leave out any gritty details, as she describes the challenging and rewarding progression toward becoming her own role model. Inspiring body confidence in the next generation, Ashley expresses the need for the universal embrace of body diversity as beauty paradigms continue to shift.

Ashley Graham, 27, was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and discovered in a mall at the age of 12. Her natural beauty and effervescent personality led to her signing with an international modeling agency at the age of 13, launching her successful, diverse career. Ashley has worked in numerous areas of the fashion industry including editorial, catalogue, runway, commercial, television and film. Recently she stared in #CurvesinBikinis, a campaign with swimsuitsforall that made her the first plus size model to appear in an ad in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit edition. Recently, she was one of five models included in’s “The Best Lingerie Comes in All Sizes” feature. As a role model and body activist, Ashley is regularly invited to speak at numerous high schools and girls’ groups about body image, self-acceptance and female empowerment.

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  • Lucinda Fitzpatrick A.K.A A Beautiful you


    And thank you for your worlds the are absolutely amazing. I struggle day to day with how I look

  • Kemi Adorin'


    I use to be a skinny little thing then as i got older and stress came along, boys, and over eating Im super unhappy and wish I could go back to my skinny days. I haven’t worn a size small in about 12 years. I no longer can wear medium and that has been for 1 year now. Im in college and im actually suppose to be transferring to a University in a couple of days… and im on the meal plan and I think that’ll help me really get back to my goals. I don’t feel 100% beautiful, I don’t feel 75%beautiful, more like 50%. But Im watching this video because i know its a journey to get to my goal and watching this will help me cope with my current situation up until i finally hit my goal.

  • נטע זיו


    She is the best. The best.

  • Terrance Smith



  • Gregory Holmes


    Funny, but according to Imperial College London’s School of Public Health, there is no such thing as being healthy obese, You are at an increased risk of heart disease.

    Shocking, I know.

  • Micaella de Alencar


    Anyway she is a little over weight but gosh she is beautiful and don’t think that in that size shes putting herself in danger

  • Mojca Nemgar


    Sometimes I feel that the value of woman in modern society is based only on looks, and the intelligence and personality do not matter at all. Seems that our society is very shallow. In professional world at least intelligence helps somehow.

  • Creations Evolve from Intelligent Designs


    Gawd daaam.. Like a curvy Jeri Ryan but maybe prettier.

  • Eman Zahir



  • Anna Blue


    David Hues She doesn’t want to she would love herself being ‚big‘ and help younger girls not hate themselves she is a hero or mine I would suffer if she lost weight and let society get to her

  • Leila Samarrai


    she is cute. Beautiful face and smile.

  • David Hues


    She should just lose some weight doe, it’s not that difficult.

  • Denay Cabrales


    Ashley Graham is one of the most gorgeous models I have ever seen

  • Kayley Wren


    Okay but does she really eat healthy? Is she in good cardiovascular health? If she is eating the way she should and staying active enough for what her body needs to be healthy then I have no comment on her appearance. She should love herself, value herself, and know it has nothing to do with her appearance. I agree with her talk, so long as it isn’t misused and twisted to condone lifestyles that are detrimental to health.

  • Kill Everyone


    She T H I C C

  • Beca Rose


    She sounds out of breath

  • Travette Pettigrew


    She is beyond gorgeous but I felt the speech came off a bit too rehearsed. Almost disingenuous.

  • Charles Hill


    No you’re fat and you’ll keep eating until you get fatter, there is no need for an upbeat to this story. It is not normal and you have a choice that is what they’re trying to do, make this normal, it is not. The women of today are obese. I’m not even going to watch this. If you want diabetes, heart disease, bad joints, I won’t make excuses for you, nor do I want to hear them, go ahead keep eating, this is bullshit.

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