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Ashley Graham was bullied for dyslexia at school

Ashley Graham was bullied for dyslexia at school

Model Ashley Graham was bullied throughout school because she was dyslexic.

The sexy Sports Illustrated stunner was told she had the learning disorder when she was in fourth grade, around nine or 10 years old, and admits she was picked on because other girls didn't think she was smart.

"My mom always told me that I was smart even though I was called dumb in school because I have dyslexia," she told Elle Canada. "I was also a big girl who played sports and ate well, and she would tell me, 'You’re fit and healthy'. I was super-insecure at the time, but it helped to hear her words.

"Being told in the fourth grade that you're dyslexic and you're not going to be able to read properly takes a toll on you, and it really makes you believe you’re dumb.

"I would always hear people say, 'Oh, thank God she's pretty!' I'll say it as a joke now because I haven't let dyslexia take over who I am."

The brunette beauty also touched upon body image during her interview with the glossy. Her curves have divided the industry, with former fashion star Cheryl Tieg previously insisting her figure isn't "healthy", but Ashley continues to be an inspiration to women around the world - as well as men.

"I believe that we are all here for a purpose and that one of my biggest ones is to help people understand that they’re beautiful," she explained. "I get emails every day from women who say 'I would have never gotten into a bikini without you’ and from husbands who say ‘I bought my wife your lingerie, and she’s never felt sexier...'"

She believes it's her "unapologetic" nature that makes women look up to her, as well as the fact she isn't afraid to show off her cellulite, back fat and "thick stomach". Ashley displays her figure in a sexy spread for Elle Canada, posing in pieces like a velvet bodysuit with sheer panels.

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