The model and American Beauty Star host has always been outspoken against detractors and digitally manipulated images. Now, Ashley Graham revealed in Allure magazine’s July issue that her body has always been objectified.
“My body has always been treated as a thing and not mine,” the model told the Allure. “You’re the sexy girl. You’re the naked girl. Men are going to idolize your hourglass figure.”
The social media icon also said that her voice drowns out the public’s opinions of her body. “It was always about what others thought about my body until I gained a voice,” she continued. “Now I get to tell people what I think of my body.”
Now, she’s hoping that her vocal stance will pave the way towards diverse and inclusive beauty industry. Something that many women have been clamoring for.
“You can’t just check the box and be like, ‘Oh, we did it,'” she said. “I have never looked at tokenism as a bad thing, as long as the brand, the client—whoever has the mission—continues to branch out and say, ‘This was our first time; next time we’re going to add more of the race, the gender, the sexuality, the religion, the disability,’ whatever it is,. Stop talking about hiring [diverse candidates] and just do it.”
Graham also revealed that if there’s an industry that pays women more than men, it’s the modeling industry. “Women are actually paid more than the male models,” she revealed.
“I don’t know if there’s any other industry where women get paid more. Now, as a model, you have a voice; you have a brain; they want to hear what your platform is and what you stand for.”