Ashley Graham Covers Maxim Magazineby Sonia Amoako Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 .
Ashley Graham appears on the latest cover of Maxim magazine.
However her history making cover for the magazine came under fire, as some fans claimed the magazine had used ‘too much Photoshop’.
An Instagram user posted the message, ‘Definitely Photoshopped. That’s unfortunate after everything you stand for Ashley, your curves are gorgeous and Maxim should not have minimized who you are. Shame on them!’
The plus size model hit back at the allegations by releasing a statement saying, ‘I’m beyond proud to be the first curvy woman on the cover of Maxim. I was not slimmed down on the cover, and Gilles Bensimon did an amazing job capturing my true figure in all of the photos. This is another major advancement for curvy women, especially those who work in the fashion industry who are working hard to get the recognition they deserve. I now encourage more publications and designers to put more diversity on their covers and runways. Let’s continue to show that beautiful bodies come in different sizes and they should all be celebrated.’
Well said Ashley!
It was after the Nebraska beauty proudly shared the cover to her 1.5 million Instagram followers that they were quick to point out how different she looked for the sultry shoot. The cover sees her hold just a white shirt to cover her body.
Ashley also shared other images from the shoot, we think she looks gorgeous! Embracing her body, as we all should. An eye catching shot was of her husband Justin Ervin hidden behind her as he cups her bare breasts with his hands. Ashley glares into the camera, showing off her silver and black smoky eye. Her rose pink blusher and a nude lip gloss was applied perfectly, as her hair rested in loose bouncy curls.
Another racy shot from the shoot sees Ashley lying on a bed, posing in the navy blue and mesh‘Dreamer Front Bra’ with matching thong set from her lingerie label with Canadian plus size retailer Addition Elle.
Meanwhile, it was reported from Fashionista that it is the first time the US edition of the magazine has featured a plus size model.
She said to the magazine, ‘My life, lately, is naked.’
The beauty who had her clothing line with Dressbarn launch in March, said she considers famous moguls such as Jessica Alba and Jessica Simpson to be her inspiration, as they used their fame launch wildly successful branding ventures.
‘I know these celebrity entrepreneurs are just people, they’ve just been given the right opportunities and have soared with them. And that’s what I’m trying to do.’
Whilst her modelling career, clothing and lingerie collections are on a high, she doesn’t want to stop there. Along with wanting to expand these ventures, she hopes to develop a fitness program, become an author, and even score her own talk show.
‘If I’m the frontrunner of what size diversity is, that means I really need to go into the lives and the homes of these young girls and change their minds. That’s why I really want a TV show; The Ashley Graham Show,’ she told Refinery29 earlier this month.
She’s ambitious and determined, we’re sure she can achieve all she’s set her eye on!