On April 25th, plus size model Ashley Graham opened up to a sold out crowd in Valencia, Spain about her own authentic affirmations. The popular model shared stories describing her journey towards self-love and accepting her own body. In the TEDxBerkleeValencia talk entitled “Plus Size? More Like My Size,” Ashley expressed her passion for body diversity and the importance of shifting the beauty conversation.
Below are three quotes that really stood out during Ashley’s presentation.
On reclaiming her body:
“My body, like my confidence, has been picked apart, manipulated, and controlled by others who didn’t necessarily understand it. Once I reclaimed ownership over my body, I discovered a greater purpose as a woman who was defying preconceived standards of feminine beauty.”
On being an activist:
“As a body activist, it is my greatest goal to the help change a narrow vision of something that should be so broad and so inclusive.”
On creating a body positive environment:
“It is critical that both men and women create a body positive environment. Uplift the important women in your lives, create a safe space for them to express their beauty and feel comfortable embracing their bodies and who they are, not hiding them because of what they’re not.”
Watch as Ashley Graham describes her journey into fashion industry stardom:
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