Countless plus-sized personalities have been looking to end 2016 right by giving a body-positive message. Danielle Brooks, Tess Holliday, and Iskra Lawrence are just some of the newsmakers who turned to social media to encourage women to greet 2017 with self-confidence and pride.
One significant body-positive message was from Ashley Graham. The model has been experiencing success from her hard work and endeavors over the year 2016, so it was important for her to tell other women that they can also achieve the same thing.
Ashley Graham Welcomes 2017 with a Body-Positive Message
The year 2016 was not just a great one for Ashley Graham but for the entire fashion industry as well. A lot of fashion brands have opted to be more inclusive when it comes to their options, and not to mention big events like the annual New York Fashion Week have started to acknowledge the importance of including plus-sized models in runway shows.
Graham, like so many other women, looks forward to what 2017 has to bring. Whether this is a new challenge or another milestone for the fashion industry, Graham sees to it that she struts into the new year with the same amount of confidence and willpower she’s had for the past 12 months. That said, she has carried the torch for women with “real bodies” in the industry by proving that models of diverse sizes can make it to the cover of magazines such as Sports Illustrated and Maxim.
To cap off 2016 and welcome what is to come, Graham shared this inspiring body-positive message on her Instagram account:
Walking into #2017 with boldness, excitement, and confidence!! Thank you to all the people who helped me achieve so many of my goals, dreams, and desires this past year! Dream big and get what you want. Happy New Year!
The 28-year-old model made sure that her body-positive message comes with an unretouched photo that captures her natural curves. It was taken during her iconic runway show with Addition Elle.
Graham is no stranger to empowering women. She had previously penned several essays and starred in a number of campaigns that focus on being body-positive. So like Graham, it is important for women everywhere to stop focusing on sizes and perceived weaknesses this 2017. Instead, continue to challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone while encouraging others to do the same.