Plus-Size Model Ashley Graham Speaks Out in an Essay for 'Lenny Letter'

By: Erica Francis - Aug 4, 2016
References: lennyletter & buzzfeed
Plus-size model Ashley Graham wrote a heartfelt essay for Lena Dunham's feminist newsletter 'Lenny Letter.' and it's moving to say the least. Many women praise the plus-size model for her body-positive stance that she takes, they see her as their role model. Yet, like many women, Graham feels that at times no matter what she does, it's never enough to satisfy people -- hence the name of her article 'Shamed If I Do, Shamed If I Don't.'

Her letter is powerful but unlike regular plus-size body-positive messages, she pushes back against people who have written uncomplimentary comments simply because they thought she lost weight. Ashley addresses these comments and the catty behavior women have towards one another and aptly states "Why waste time and energy spewing negativity? Let's worry about our own bodies."

The body-positive movement has grown leaps and bounds especially with the introduction of social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. Companies would do well to take note of this change and look for ways to serve these body-aware women.