Ashley Ann Graham (born October 30, 1987) is an American model. She is best known as a lingerie model for the plus-size clothing store Lane Bryant. She has appeared on the cover of Elle Quebec. Graham appeared in fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Elle UK. In addition, she appeared in several Levi’s campaigns.Graham has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Entertainment Tonight, and CBS News and was interviewed by NPR about plus-size modeling. In 2016, she became the first plus-size model to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Graham grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska.She has two younger sisters. She attended Scott Middle School from 1999 to 2002 and attended Lincoln Southwest High School from 2002 to 2005.She was discovered in 2000 at age 12 by the I & I agency while shopping at Oak View Mall in Omaha, Nebraska while wearing her favorite team Minnesota Vikings jersey & jeans.
In 2001, Graham signed a deal with Wilhelmina Models, after attending from a model convention.In 2003, she signed a deal with Ford Models. During her early career, Graham appeared in YM magazine. In April 2007, she was profiled by Sally Singer of Vogue magazine and then appeared on the October 2009 issue of Glamour editorial ‘These Bodies are Beautiful at Every Size,’ along with plus-size models; including Kate Dillon Levin, Amy Lemons, Lizzie Miller, Crystal Renn, Jennie Runk and Anansa Sims.In 2010, Graham appeared in a controversial Lane Bryant TV commercial.The commercial received over 800,000 views on YouTube and was covered by news outlets such as The Huffington Post and the New York Post. On May 31, 2010, she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, to address the controversy.
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