American model, businesswoman and founder of ALDA Modelling Agency, Ashley Graham has posed for the cover of V Magazine.
The magazine’s January issue features images of the 28-year-old model in quite unusual poses – such as picking up her male counterpart – alongside her interview with Chelsea Handler.
“Ashley Graham is taking charge in our January issue,” the caption of an Instagram photo from V Magazine reads.
@theashleygraham is taking charge in our January issue, photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, styled by @robbiespencer. Head to the link in our bio for the full story where she talks to @chelseahandler about body activism, fighting the term “plus-size,” and what it means to be a role model. #V105 on stands today. #ashleygraham wears dress @balmain, shoes @christianlouboutinshoes, earrings @tiffanyandco. @foundbylouis wears jacket @paulsmithdesign, pants @Burberry. Special thanks to #AndreBalazs and @thestandard.
In another photo, the America’s Next Top Model judge is seen in stockings and a cape (with a pair of very bleached eyebrows) and a caption that reads:
“I want to contribute to helping create a world where women can stand up for who they are and express who they want to be. I want to be seen as a woman who helped shape an environment that allows women to be unafraid to take risks.”
And, in the V Magazine cover story, Graham talks about exactly that.
When asked what she thinks of the label “plus-sized model”, her reply is of anger.
“I can’t stand that question anymore. I mean, I’ve been doing this now for 17 years and I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve spoken up about the label ‘plus-size’,” she said. “I don’t think women should be labelled at all. I think that it’s completely divisive. But, for whatever reason, I am the one that has been given the opportunity to be on so many covers and to have a voice. I don’t take that lightly.”
“I want to contribute to helping create a world where women can stand up for who they are and express who they want to be. I want to be seen as a woman who helped shape an environment that allows women to be unafraid to take risks.” @theashleygraham talks to @chelseahandler about being a role model in the link in our bio. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, styled by @robbiespencer for #V105, on stands today. Special thanks to #AndresBalazs @thestandard.