Talk about a plus-sized feather in your cap. Model Ashley Graham is officially a Sports Illustrated model.
The plus-sized model appeared in the magazine's renowned Swimsuit Issue in 2015, but that was in the form of an advertisement for Swimsuits For All, a company that famously recreated the cover of the Swimsuit Issue with all plus-size models a year prior.
Now, though, Ashley is actually an SI model, featured as part of the magazine's "rookie" class, something that the public can vote for.
The 28-year-old announced the news on Instagram on Feb. 9, posting a sneak peek from her shoot with the magazine.
"It's official - I'm a @si_swimsuit model!! This is a dream come true," she wrote of the image showing her laying on the sandy beach in a purple bikini. "Thank you to everyone who stood up for curves- our voices were heard and together we can help me win Rookie of the Year. Stay tuned for voting instructions #beautybeyondsize #siswim"
Ashley absolutely stuns in the photo, looking camera-ready, tan and authentic.
On Feb. 9, Sports Illustrated also posted the photo of Ashley.
"Without further ado, introducing Rookie No. 2 - @theashleygraham!," the caption said, adding emojis of a swimsuit and fire. "Click the link in our bio to find out all about Ashley! #SISwim."
Furthermore, SI says Ashley is an "advocate for beauty of all shapes and sizes." She's clearly at home in front of the camera, and she has a lot of experience there. Ashley is regularly featured in bikinis and skivvies thanks to her own lingerie line as well as her recently announced partnership with Swimsuits for All.
In the past, Ashley has said she wants to get rid of the term "plus-sized."
"I'm using my body to let other women know that imperfections are okay. Cellulite, rolls, curves -- the things that jiggle that 'shouldn't be jiggling' -- it's okay," she said at a Forbes summit last year. "I think what really helped me was a lot of people telling me 'no.'"
She continued, "I've always kind of been a little bit of a rebel. My parents have told me 'no,' I've had agents tell me 'no' -- I've taken all those 'no's' and turned them into 'yesses.'"
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