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Ashley Graham: I represent curvy women everywhere

Ashley Graham: I represent curvy women everywhere

Ashley Graham believes she is giving curvy women a seat at "a table with high-end fashion people".

The stunning model is known for her enviable curves, but has rubbished the criticism she has received for not calling herself a plus-size model.

She said: "Just because I'm not calling myself plus size doesn't mean I'm not representing a woman who is.

"I'm giving curvy women a seat at a table that we've never been invited to before - a table with high-end fashion people who have never considered us beautiful."

Ashley also opened up about the prejudice she has faced because of her interracial relationship with husband Justin Ervin.

She told Cosmopolitan magazine: "One comment on Instagram was 'I knew a girl her size could only be with a black guy.' I think that's so ugly. But we talk about the fact that I'm white and he's black all the time.

"I've seen how racist America is. It's opened my eyes to how ignorant I have been, how white privilege has taken over a lot of my thoughts and actions because it's just something that I take for granted."

Meanwhile, Ashley previously said America needs to embrace "different types of beauty".

The model, who has featured in Sports Illustrated, thinks curvy women ought to be recognised more by popular culture.

She said: "I would like to see diversity of body shape, sizes, ethnicities and ages in every realm."