Ashley Graham (model)

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Ashley Graham
Born Ashley Ann Graham
Occupation model
Years active 2000-present[2]
Spouse(s) Justin Ervin [3][4]
Modelling information
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Hair colour Brown
Eye colour Brown
Measurements 38D - 30 - 46
Dress size 16
Shoe size 10
Manager IMG Models [5] Ford Models[6]

Ashley Graham (born 1987) is an American plus-size model from Lincoln, Nebraska.[7] She is best known as a lingerie model for the plus-size clothing store Lane Bryant.[7][8][9] She has appeared on the cover of Elle Quebec. Graham appeared in fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour and Latina.[10] In addition, she appeared in several Levi's campaigns.[11][12] Graham has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Entertainment Tonight, and CBS News and was interviewed by NPR about plus-size modeling.[1]

Early life[edit]

Graham grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has two younger sisters.[13] She attended Scott Middle School from 1999 to 2002 and attended Lincoln Southwest High School from 2002 to 2005.[7] She was discovered in 2000 at age 12 by the I & I agency while shopping at Oak View Mall in Omaha, Nebraska.[2]


Graham signed with Wilhelmina Models in 2001 after attending a model convention.[2] She signed with Ford Models in 2003.[2] Graham appeared in YM early in her career.[13] Ashley was profiled by Sally Singer of Vogue in April 2007.[14] She appeared in the October 2009 Glamour editorial 'These Bodies are Beautiful at Every Size' along with plus-size models Kate Dillon Levin, Amy Lemons, Lizzie Miller, Crystal Renn, Jennie Runk and Anansa Sims.[15][16] Graham also appeared in an editorial for Bust in December 2010.[17] Graham appeared in an international Harper's Bazaar pre-fall collection and beauty editorial in the May 2014 issue. [18] Graham was the cover model for the June 2014 issue of Elle Quebec. [19]

Graham appeared in several Levi's campaigns, notably Curve ID SS 2011 with Sabina Karlsson, Ana Lisboa, Marquita Pring and McKenzie Raley, and Boyfriend Collection F/W 10 with Rachel Clark, Ana Lisboa, Anais Mali, Marquita Pring and Ashley Smith[11][12] Graham has recently appeared in several Marina Rinaldi campaigns: Spring/Summer 2012,[20] Fall/Winter 2012 denim,[21] and Fall/Winter 2012 sport.[22] Other clients include Addition Elle, Bloomingdale's, Elomi lingerie, Evans, Hanes, Liz Claiborne Macy's, Nordstrom, Simply Be, and Target.[1][7]

In 2010, Graham appeared in a controversial Lane Bryant TV commercial.[8][9] The commercial received over 800,000 views on YouTube and was reported on in news outlets such as The Huffington Post and the New York Post.[1] On May 31, 2010 she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to address the controversy.[23][24] Graham was featured two billboards in New York for Lane Bryant in December 2012.[1]

In 2013, Graham designed a lingerie line for Addition Elle, a Canadian plus-size clothing retailer.[25]

Graham appeared on MTV's Made as a coach for an aspiring plus-size model.[1]

In 2012, Graham was named Full Figured Fashion Week's Model of the Year.[26]

Charity and community service[edit]

Graham has spoken at high schools about body image and body acceptance.[1] She has participated in humanitarian missions in South Africa with the Themba Foundation.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Graham met her husband, Justin Ervin, a videographer at church in 2009.[4] They married in 2010.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Graham, Ashley. "About Ashley Graham". Graham, Ashley. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Success Stories work=I & I Agency". Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Ervin, Justin. "Contact Element Films". Element Films. Ervin, Justin. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Pham, Thailan. "Lane Bryant Model Ashley Graham Is Engaged!". Time, Inc. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Krupnick, Ellie (20 December 2013). "Ashley Graham, Plus-Size Model, Is Poised For Breakout With New Agency Signing". (The Huffington Post). Retrieved 20 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Graham, Ashley; Dakin, Gary (May 17, 2010). Plus-Size Models An Increasing Presence In Ads. Interview with Allison Keyes. Tell Me More, National Public Radio. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d Mertes, Micah (3 May 2010). "Lincoln model from Lane Bryant ad amazed at media frenzy". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Banned-ad model: ABC is big bust NY Post, April 23, 2010
  9. ^ a b Busty model ad too hot for TV The Sun, April 26, 2010
  10. ^ Sauers, Jenna. "Five Plus-Size Models To Watch". Gawker Media. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Levi's Boyfriend Collection F/W 10". Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Curve ID S/S 11 (with Ashley Graham, Ana Lisboa and Sabina Karlsson)". Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Brody, Liz (31 July 2010). "Model Ashley Graham on how to Rock a Size 16: "Did someone say cellulite?". Yahoo!. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  14. ^ Singer, Sally (April 2007). "Body of Work". Vogue (April 2007): 188–190. 
  15. ^ Field, Genevieve. "These Bodies are Beautiful at Every Size". Conde Nast Publications. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Supermodels Who Aren’t Superthin: Meet the Women Who Proudly Bared it All". Conde Nast Publications. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Ashley Graham In Bust Magazine". 13 November 2010. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "". 2 April 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  19. ^ Cruz, Marcy. "Plus Model Ashley Graham Graces Cover of ELLE Magazine Quebec". Plus Model Magazine. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Marina Rinaldi Campaign, Spring/Summer 2012". Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  21. ^ "Marina Rinaldi Denim, Fall/Winter 2012". Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  22. ^ "Models Ashley Graham & Geo Burke for Marina Rinaldi Sport". Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  23. ^ The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Episode Guide
  24. ^ Ashley Graham Model Plus Size On Jay Leno Show, May 2, 2010
  25. ^ Friede, Eva (15 November 2013). "Ashley Graham’s star power plus". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  26. ^ "Full Figure Fashion Week 2012 Awards". Retrieved 17 November 2013. 

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