While Ashley Graham has become somewhat of a household name in fashion — you know her from her lingerie line with Addition Elle and Forever 21's Spring ads — Nicola Griffin and Philomena Kwao are newcomers to the scene. Their common thread? All three women star in the buzzy swimsuitsforall campaign that will be featured in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. One glance at the photos of Graham, Griffin, and Kwao in their gold bikinis confirms they've got the confidence it takes to strive in fashion.
But we wanted to know how these ladies, who range in age, size, and ethnicity, broke boundaries, got signed with their agencies, and fought off their haters. From unbelievably sound style advice to their own personal rules when it comes to stripping down in front of a camera, the supermodels spilled all. Read on to find out why they're so much more than just the curvy girls in metallic swimsuits.