Model Ashley Graham Slams Hollywood For Using Jennifer Lawrence As Poster Girl For Curvy Figure

Jennifer Ricketts

Model Ashley Graham is blasting Hollywood for defining Jennifer Lawrence as "curvy" when Graham believes Lawrence is actually "tiny." In an essay Graham wrote for Net-a-Porter's online magazine, the Edit, Graham writes why she thinks it's wrong to for Lawrence to be a "poster girl for curves."

"We need role models for young girls who say, 'Embrace your curves. Who cares that your body isn't perfect?' There's too much anorexia, obesity and suicide in this generation and nobody is addressing the issue. Young girls don't have much to look at, curvy women are not on covers of magazines, they're not talked about on social media as much as other celebrities. Jennifer Lawrence is the media's poster girl for curves – she's tiny."
"I think that you can be healthy at any size and my goal is to help and educate women on that. It doesn't matter if you're a size 2 or 22 as long as you're taking care of your body, working out, and telling yourself, 'I love you' instead of taking in the negativity of beauty standards."
"Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn't lose a certain amount of weight. They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet. It was just that."

"If anybody even tries to whisper the word 'diet', I'm like, 'You can go f**k yourself.'"

Ashley Graham seems to be having a successful modeling career. Graham was first discovered when she was twelve-years-old while shopping at a mall in Omaha, Nebraska. Graham began working for the modeling agency 'Wilhelmina Models', and then began working for 'Ford' in 2003.

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In 2009, Ashley Graham was one of several "plus-size" models featured in an article, 'These Bodies are Beautiful at Every Size' for Glamour magazine, and in 2012 Graham was also named Model of the Year at the 'Full Figured Fashion Week' week. Graham has also posed for Vogue and Elle, not to mention models for Layne Bryant's clothing store.

Ashley Graham says the positive view she has of her body comes from her mother.

"I think being told I was beautiful by my mom my whole life made the difference. My mom never said, 'I feel so ugly,' she never looked at her face and said, 'I need a lift.' I never saw her looking at herself negatively and therefore I never looked at myself that way."

[Images courtesy of High Fashion Magazine and Studio 55]

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