In the past year, 29-year-old model Ashley Graham has made a strong impression on the fashion community, inspiring thousands of American women with her body-positive attitude and magnetic confidence. Today, we have one more reason to be enamored with the model: V magazine released a sultry photo spread featuring Graham in a mesh top and nothing else. What makes the nude photos especially gripping is that Graham's body isn't hidden in them—her stretch marks and cellulite are glorified, along with her beautiful curves.
Keep scrolling to see the photos—and to hear Ashley Graham's thoughts on cellulite, self-worth, and body positivity.
The images are accompanied by a revealing interview with Graham, where she talks about how, from a young age, her mother taught her not to hate her body—cellulite included. "I remember my first signs of cellulite, in middle school. I remember telling my mom, 'Isn't it disgusting? It's so ugly,'" Graham tells V. "She pulled her pants down and said, 'Look, I have it, too.' … She just made it a nonissue. It doesn't define my worth. If women like you and me continue to preach that, then I feel like younger girls are going to grasp it and they're going to be like, 'Who cares!'"
It's a wonder we're all so averse to cellulite when 90% of adult women have it to some degree. Hopefully, these beautiful photos of Graham will help us take one teeny step closer to accepting our own bodies. Click over to V to see the whole spread.
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