Women I Love: Ashley Graham

Welcome to another arousing exciting edition of Women I Love! (Yes, two in one week. I have a lot of girl crushes to work through so I don’t have time to dilly-dally.)

Introducing: Ashley Graham


Ashley Graham in Latina Magazine

I will never understand why Ashley Graham isn’t so spectacularly successful that we can’t open a newspaper without seeing her. She is literally perfect. Her figure, her face, her hair, her amazing lips… all perfect. I can’t even talk about it, the girl just kills me.


Ashley Graham by Brian Boulos


Ashley Graham's Ford+ polaroids

She was discovered in her native Nebraska at age 12 and by age 15 she had been signed with Ford Models. Even though she was and is gorge gorge gorgeous, she still had to deal with prejudice; her high school peers would tell her “You’re a fat model. It doesn’t count.” She is conscious that her unique opportunity in plus size modelling probably saved her from developing quite a negative body image in her teens; as such, she is purportedly working on a self-esteem handbook for teenage girls.


Ashley Graham for Penningtons


Ashley Graham for Penningtons


Ashley Graham by Brian Boulos


Ashley Graham for Liz Claiborne


Ashley Graham for Bombshell Magazine


Ashley Graham by Brian Boulos


Ashley Graham, Ford Models

She’s also best friends with Crystal Renn. Good lord, can you imagine?! If I ran into them together I would be an utter mess. A quivering, stammering, fallen-and-I-can’t-get-up mess.





PS. For those in New York, she did an interview with Vogue US on her favourite NY shopping haunts which has been graciously uploaded on Too Fat for Fashion.


61 Responses to “Women I Love: Ashley Graham”

  1. 1 Joelle 10 July, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Ashley is so impossibly lush.

  2. 2 Samantha 10 July, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Why have I never seen this woman before? I think I have a new crush… she is absolutely stunning.

    • 3 meyer 25 April, 2010 at 10:02 am

      so right , she is just a perfect beauty, so natural. just wow.
      got to be one on the most beautiful ladies I have ever seen

  3. 4 Weesha 10 July, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I dunno why she reminds me so much of Mia tyler (my girl crush <3). Anyway, it's weird that she's not more famous- she's about 20 times prettier than most of the straight models out there.

  4. 5 Bianca 11 July, 2009 at 1:15 am

    She is gorgeous.She looks a little like Eva Mendes in some of her pictures.

  5. 6 Jodie 11 July, 2009 at 2:42 am

    She’s absolutely stunning. Incredible!!!!!

  6. 7 Lynn 11 July, 2009 at 8:27 am

    I like her a lot. But maybe she should explain why she modeled for Alli, the “weight loss” drug.

  7. 8 Deena 21 July, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    ooo- shes gorgeous!

  8. 9 Karen 26 July, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Lynn is right. Ashley used to be quite popular, but when she did her diet-drug ads, she alienated a LOT of fans. It was a real slap in the face to all curvy girls.

  9. 10 Julie 10 August, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I’ve not seen those diet ad’s which sound really disappointing but boy is she gorgeous!

  10. 11 Dave 17 September, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Lynn and Karen are liars and just trying to get free pub for a diet drug while attempting to destroy a beautiful woman’s public image. The moderator of this board needs to make their email addresses public as this is nothing short of slander.

  11. 15 MIKE 29 October, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Well, that is not definate proof of anything. She might have modeled that shot for a number of things and Alli bought the rights. It should be an issue of does she use this and say fat chicks are ugly. No, I don’t see her dropping any weight and she doesn’t openly endorse this product. She is gorgeous, sexy and totally stunning. If she is anywhere on the page, I see her an typically not any other model. She needs to get more work and grace the world with her flawless form.

  12. 16 Aimee 1 February, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Love her!! She knows what she is doing!!

  13. 17 Aly 21 April, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    She isn’t endorsing the pills just modelling for them, doing her job. And she isn’t even holding the product or popping the pills in her mouth. Just posing behind a blank background, so the pictures probably weren’t even for Alli.

    She’s really beautiful and does look like Eva Mendes in some of the pics. To me, if you’re confident and have that ray of sunshine in your eyes, like Ashley, then that’s beauty.

  14. 18 Aaron Alghawi 23 April, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I would marry her! lol. ABC sucks for not airing her ad. She’s 10x better than that flat Victoria’s Secret model.

  15. 20 Phil 24 April, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Ashley is perfection in female form. Anyone who calls her “fat” is a moron, women are to have curves and hips…. Just like her. She is beautiful in every way and were I to date a woman of such qualities, I would die happily.

  16. 22 Jim McKee 24 April, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Wow. This gal is absolutely breathtaking.

    Yes, we need to see more like her, and WAY LESS of Kate Moss-types.

  17. 23 erin 24 April, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Ashley did not consent to the photos that appeared in the Alli ads. They were taken by an agency and then the rights were sold without her permission.

    • 25 IKE 24 April, 2010 at 5:07 pm

      She’s a one in a million girl.
      (now, why would I lie?)

      • 26 Fred 25 April, 2010 at 2:47 am

        Nice one, Ike…Way to grab the ball and run with it!!! LOL! She really is a beautiful girl and I don’t see what all of the controversy is about running her commercial on ABC. They show much more cleavage than that on their regular progamming, such as Dancing with the Stars and Desperate Housewives. Have you not seen some of the outfits they wear on DWTS???

      • 27 J.R. LeMar 25 April, 2010 at 3:01 am

        80’s flashback! ^_^

      • 28 steve 25 April, 2010 at 12:54 pm

        Ashley is knockout beautiful. I like the fact that she is taking a stand on such an important issue. She has backbone and that makes her in my book a okay.

        Why should only the skinny girls get to wear pretty clothes? I love big women, and they deserve pretty clothes, and not the granny panties of days gone by or dresses that look like burlap bags.

        Beautiful clothes help to improve ones self esteem. However, ugly clothes have the opposite effect.

        Don’t get me wrong I like all women. But I love full figured women. I think a manly man such as myself was designed for the voluptuous women.

  18. 29 Kokokil 25 April, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Who’s that girl?

  19. 30 Bob 25 April, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Ok I LOVE HER!

  20. 31 knocked out 26 April, 2010 at 11:04 am

    A true bombshell. Ashley for Pres.

  21. 32 patriot61 27 April, 2010 at 6:27 am

    Thank you so much for this article, and the awesome photos of Ashley.

    I think her ad was fantastic, and she is truly a beautiful model who gives us all a new image of women models.

    Thanks again !

  22. 33 Scandal 27 April, 2010 at 9:24 am

    For Ashley:

    “Let the figure speak for the heart and mind
    for it is that which displays true beauty.”

    • 34 kiki 27 April, 2010 at 11:36 am

      The thing about her is her face does not look as big as the rest of her and she has a pretty face not obscured by the fat- she does not lave that typical fat girl face but it is a little weird because it’s like her head sort of doesn’t fit with that big body. I think her hips are huge but – she has a small waist which make her look truly curvy as opposed to blocky like most mortal fat girls look

  23. 35 Joe K 27 April, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I have been searching for months trying to find out who the PHENOMENAL model in Lane Bryant ads is, and then all of a sudden this controversy pops up and viola, there is my girl! Stunningly gorgeous woman that any hot blooded man would adore to their last breath!

    • 36 J.R. LeMar 27 April, 2010 at 2:13 pm

      I also came across this blog after hearing about the commercial and then doing a search. And since this blog is almost a year old, and has suddenly gotten a bunch of new comments in the past week, I’m guessing that a lot of folks found this blog the same way.

      • 37 Frances 27 April, 2010 at 2:23 pm

        Yep! Thousands of people have come here from search engines or have been linked here from forums discussing the Lane Bryant ad.

        This is the third time this has happened – Crystal Renn releasing her book, Tara Lynn being on the cover of Elle France and now Ashley and the Lane Bryant ad have all resulted in surges of page visits.

        With any luck, some visitors may read the rest of my posts and get on board with fat acceptance. (Though I am fine with you guys just perving on the pretty pictures.)

  24. 38 carol 27 April, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Not only is she beautiful on the outside, she’s a real beauty on the inside. Very genuine and unpretentious. A little like her mom with that great laugh. Go Ashley!

  25. 39 Lee 28 April, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Ashley is perfect! If she is as beautiful inside as she is outside, I would marry her and love her for the rest of all time.

  26. 40 FARIAS 29 April, 2010 at 10:36 am


  27. 41 uda 30 April, 2010 at 12:15 am

    sure..i never seen her before i read a paper last week,,but she have beauty inside,aura n personality,not have at another model..
    she making herself..awesome..^^

  28. 42 Sabian 1 May, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Wow! A woman-shaped woman! What a concept. She is an absolute knockout, but not the first womanly beauty I’ve ever seen, just one of the first to grace a TV underwear ad. I’m hoping to see a lot more of her (and more like her)!

    • 43 Norm 1 May, 2010 at 5:49 pm

      Blown away! Sexiest thing I’ve EVER seen not in person!! I see soo many women that hot but a little bigger and ignored. I’m more than happy to show them the respect they more than deserve!

  29. 44 Kathi 1 May, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Which middle and high schools did she attend in Lincoln, Nebraska?

  30. 45 kool 1 May, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    she just did Leno….
    I would just do HER!


  31. 46 mel 1 May, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    She looks like Eva Mendes, Maybe even prettier…

  32. 47 Firenze Cordero Hilton 1 May, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    SHE is the next Super Model. Since The Trinity (Naomi, Kristi and Linda) there is no one who has generated such magic and immediate excitement. Guaranteed blow up.

    Stay tuned

  33. 48 hpesoj 2 May, 2010 at 8:17 am

    beautiful, breath taking, hot chick

  34. 49 Justsayin 3 May, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    She would be a whole lot of fun…

  35. 50 walter 4 May, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    you’re my fantasy, ashley graham

  36. 51 Tony Berkel 2 June, 2010 at 6:58 am

    I was invited to a party just upstairs from my apartment and noticed this very beautiful and pleasant lady, we spoke for a while. I would have spent more time with her at the party but I had brought my girlfriend (Sasha) at the time to the party since we were down stairs watching a movie. Ashley was very humble and outgoing. I did not know that she was a famous model. Go figure! Ashley is quite the lady.

  37. 53 Melissa Schaible 18 June, 2010 at 9:44 am

    She is so beautiful! She makes me proud to be a woman with curves.

  38. 54 yeah 27 July, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    she is so beautiful, no other public figure is close (maybe brooke shields in 95)

  39. 55 Brian 30 March, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Good grief. There’s a raw intensity about her beauty that just slams into your eye the minute ya look at her. People have their preferences I guess but I find it a marvel she even bothers with make-up…she’s THAT gorgeous.

    …oh ya. And she has curves on top of it all. Really, from a red blooded guy’s viewpoint, don’t think it can get any better than that.

  40. 56 Ets 15 March, 2012 at 12:44 am

    so i thought i was the only one who thought she was beautiful. i look forward to seeing her anytime i’m near or in a lane bryant. she’s just gorgeous.

  41. 57 Marc 15 April, 2012 at 2:48 am

    She is the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever seen. The fairest of creation.

  42. 58 Ashley 7 June, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Thanks for posting about such a great woman, a true role model!

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