Supermodel Ashley Graham
may be known for her beautiful face, but we can’t deny that she also gained attention for embracing her voluptuous curves
. But in a recent interview with New York
magazine, she shares that being born with a size that’s different from the standard model’s does come with challenges. In fact, she had to miss out on the 2016 Met Gala
because she couldn’t get a designer to dress her.
Graham explains in the interview that rather than being a personal attack on her size, it was more on a matter of timing. She hadn’t made the right connections and there wasn’t enough time to get a custom piece designed for her. “I couldn’t get a designer to dress me,” she says, adding, “You can’t just show up in a jeans and T-shirt”.
Even if the model didn’t take it too personally, her experience still speaks volume about the adjustment that has to be made in the fashion industry. Surely, a model who had a much smaller size wouldn’t have as much of a hard time because designers often have sample sizes ranging from 0 to 2. Why should a woman in Graham’s size have a completely different experience?