Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) - Ashley Graham is once again speaking against her weight critics but this time, she penned an essay in this week's Lenny Letter as she has been body shamed for looking slimmer.
In the past, the plus-size model talked about being body shamed for being too curvy and for promoting obesity. She recently posted a photo on Instagram showing that she is a bit slimmer as compared to her past photos and people were quick to criticize her for posting such.
She wrote, "I am more than my measurements. I'm not Ashley Graham just because I'm curvy. For the past sixteen years, my body has been picked apart, manipulated, and controlled by others who don't understand it. But now my career has given me a platform to use my voice to make a difference." The model went on to say that she has embraced the opportunity of being a body-positive role model. She has also used the social media to grow her # BeautyBeyondSize community.
In the Instagram photo she posted where she looked thinner, Graham wore a white skirt and a matching crop top. She topped it off with a leather jacket. One of the comments on her photo reads: "You don't make plus-size dollars anymore, you make backstabbing dollars." Another commenter wrote that Graham is a fake fat person.
Graham revealed on her essay that she knew the comments will not all be positive and she admits that she had a tough time brushing off the haters in the latest Instagram photo she has uploaded. She pointed out that she is a confident woman with a thick skin and is conditions to accept criticism for being a model in the public eye but last week was tough.
Graham continued that she did not lose weight this year and she just worked her angles in the snap. She said that she was heavier than she was three years ago but she accept her body as it is today. She also pointed out that she works out not to lose weight but to maintain her good health.
She also said that sometimes, she feels that she is too much but at the same time not enough that when she posts a photo of her making her look thin, she is considered selling out and giving in to the standards of the fashion world. However, if she posts a photo showing her cellulite, stretch marks, and rolls, she is accused of promoting obesity.
She ended her essay with this: "I refuse to let others dictate how I live my life and what my body should look like for their own comfort. And neither should you. Let's worry about our own bodies. My body is MY body. I'll call the shots."
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