Model Behavior

This Model's Personal 'Body Story' Is Something Most Any Woman Can Relate To

"Thick thighs save lives"

Model Behavior is an A Plus series featuring fashion models who promote body positivity, and work to create inclusivity and diversity within the industry by expanding our definition of conventional beauty.


Despite being called "thunder thighs," model, designer, and body positive advocate Ashley Graham has learned to love and appreciate her strong, sexy body.

And in Self magazine's latest episode of their Body Stories series (above), Graham sits down to talk about why she loves her boobs, her butt, her thighs, and her all-around figure while working in an industry that has been slow to accept women of all shapes and sizes.

That said, we've rounded up five important quotes from Graham's interview that we think women — and everyone, everywhere — should read. You can check out the full interview in the video above. 

1. On her stretch marks: "They're just a part of my body. They're a part of my growth. They're a part of who I am as a thick-thighed sexy woman."

2. "I love my hourglass figure. And I like to, like, play it up."

3. "I've been called 'thunder thighs' my whole life but I've actually like come to realize how thick and sexy they are. And a hashtag I really love to use [is] thick thighs save lives."

4. "You know what, butt? You may not be the perfect roundness but that's OK."

5. "I think my measurements in the fashion world have been the most misunderstood thing until now. Now you're seeing girls that are my size in magazines, in campaigns, on the covers. It's finally become a new normal."


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