Ashley Graham isn't here for society's labels.
The model opened up in her British Vogue cover about being labeled "plus-size" and why it's just not okay anymore.
"When we’re supposed to be talking about diversity for women, it feels so divisive and purpose-defeating, giving us yet another label,” she said.
Graham has always been very vocal about not liking the term that is put on women that are a size 12 and over.
As a woman who is over a size 12, I completely agree with the 28-year-old model. Plus-size is a term that was put on us by society — and who said that we want it that way? I don't identify as a plus-size person because that was a label that was put on me and not one that I chose. I would rather say that I am on the chubbier side instead of "plus size." At the end of the day, we are all women, no matter what shape or size. I know that I don't look like Adriana Lima, Gisele Bundchen or Alessandra Ambrosio but neither does the majority of America. A new study published by the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education shows that the average size of an American woman is now between 16 to 18. To me, that reads that the "normal" shape of a woman is changing and we need to go along with instead of trying to label it.
“Just because I'm not calling myself plus size doesn't mean I'm not representing a woman who is… I'm giving curvy women a seat at a table that we've never been invited to before — a table with high-end fashion people who have never considered us beautiful,” she said.
This has been the year of Ashley Graham, even though she had to go through so much in the fashion industry to make it to where she is now.
"For 10 years I’d been told I was always going to be a catalogue girl, never a cover girl," she said. "Well, I got with IMG and did five covers in a year, boom, boom, boom."
We are with Graham, it's time to get rid of all these labels and realize that we are one.