Skip Nav
Beauty Interview
A Week in the Life of Everyone's Favorite Pimple Popper
Filipino Hair Texture Personal Essay
Personal Essay
I'm Filipino-American, and This Is What Finally Taught Me to Love My Hair Texture
Beauty Trends
Patrick Starrr's Final Collection With MAC Cosmetics Is Just What You Need For the Holidays
Gifts For Women
10 Beauty Brands That Embrace Diversity as Much as You Do — Plus, What to Buy
Gifts For Women
Ulta Dropped Tons of New Holiday Gift Sets, but These Are Our 11 Favorites

Ashley Graham Revlon Campaign Interview

Ashley Graham on the Moment She Realized "I Can Do Whatever I Want"


Getty / Kevin Mazur

What do you say to Ashley Graham on one of the biggest nights of her career? That's what I'm wondering as enter a New York event celebrating Ashley becoming the first curve model to front a major beauty campaign. Of course, I'm nervous to speak with such an icon. But as I hold up my phone to take a selfie, Ashley breaks the ice as sweetly as the new best friend you make at a bar bathroom would. "Girl, clean your phone screen," she instructs, and I take the master's advice.

Ashley's waiting to get inked by JonBoy of Bang Bang Tattoos, whose talents grace the bodies of celebrities like Bella Hadid and Liam Payne. She's remarkably calm as she patiently waits for her tiny tattoo, which will eventually be the initials "J.E." scripted behind her ear.

It's a momentous night for the model, whose name is practically synonymous with "confidence." Along with making history with Revlon, the 30 year-old's resume includes posing for the covers of Sports Illustrated and Vogue. I wonder what she has to say to all the future Ashley Grahams out there. What would she tell her 17-year-old self, or any aspiring curve model? "Girl, calm down, because everything is coming," she laughs. "It's just a matter of time."

ADVERTISEMENT

But, even Ashley admits, sometimes words of encouragement from others are necessary. Ashley's moment of inspiration came from Sports Illustrated swimsuit model veteran Kathy Ireland. "Kathy surprised me at my book signing in LA," Ashley remembers. "She said, first of all that she's so proud of me, and second of all, that I can do whatever I want. That's what I preach, but hearing it from someone who is my idol meant so much more to me. In that moment, I was like, I can do whatever I want. It's just so nice to hear it."

She says this all while snapping the fiercest picture my phone's camera roll has ever seen. Here is Ashley Graham's Selfie School 101: "Try different angles. I love a low angle. People thing it's bad, but I love it."

Hey, you don't break barriers by following the status quo! And judging by the final result, the low angle is a risky decision Ashley can totally nail.


POPSUGAR Photography / Alaina Demopoulos

Image Source: Getty / Kevin Mazur
From Our Partners
Dose of Colors Mickey Mouse Collection 2018
Ashley Graham's Outfit at Glamour Women of the Year Awards
Sally Hansen Crayola Nail Polish 2018
Ashley Graham Bikini Beach Photo Shoot November 2018
Blotox Botox For the Scalp
Bretman Rock ColourPop Collaboration 2018
Ouai Fragrances
Julia Roberts Talks Armpit Hair on Busy Tonight
CoverGirl Is Cruelty-Free
Spectrum Collections Snow White Brush Set
Amazon Black Friday Beauty Deals
Free Moisturizer Dr. Pimple Popper
From Our Partners
Latest Beauty
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds