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Ashley Graham: Don't judge on looks

Ashley Graham: Don't judge on looks

Ashley Graham implores people to be their own individual.

The American beauty became the first plus-size model to feature in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue in February, an appointment she was honoured to accept.

She's always been a big believer in embracing her curves and believes all women should do the same.

"It is so important to be your own individual. It's important to have role models but not for the wrong kinds of reasons," Ashley told UK Elle in a special video. "I really believe that women need to start looking at other woman not for their exterior, but for their interior and what they're doing in the world. Be you, be your own individual."

Ashley is appearing in the publication for a special The Body Issue. In the shoot, and video, the fashion star shows off her curvy figure in a number of different outfits.

Donning tight fitness wear, Ashley isn't afraid to show off her midriff in a tight black crop top with mesh panels on the shoulders and high waisted black bottoms.

Ashley is a size 16 and enjoys a healthy life. She believes it doesn't matter what body shape you have, being healthy should always be top of your priority list.

"It is so important to be healthy, and I truly believe that you can be healthy at any size. You can be a size, 2, 12, 22, it doesn't matter. As long as you get up off the couch and you take care of your body, your body is going to thank you at the end of the day," she smiled.

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