Plus-size model Ashley Graham—who is currently sharing a campaign for clothing company NYDJ with Christie Brinkley, Lana Ogilvie, and Bridget Moynahan—recently talked with Elle. In between chatting up NYDJ, Graham discussed her role in the modeling industry and how it's great that plus-size models like herself are getting more work—but there's still a ways to go.
"It feels good," Graham said of landing this campaign. "It feels like it's supposed to happen. It feels like, 'alright, we're making progress.'" Another recent example of the fashion industry widening its horizon is the casting of Barbie Ferreira in an Aerie campaign.
Graham, however, noted that despite her recent success and the wider variety of shapes included in campaigns now, she takes issue with the terminology ascribed to woman who sport a size greater than two.
You know, I don't like to use the words "real women," honestly. I like to use the word woman. And I say that because there are so many women out there who are naturally thin, or are naturally curvy, and I think when we start putting a label on the type of woman it gets misconstrued and starts to offend people. At the end of the day we just all want to be known as women or models or actresses or whatever.
Graham is being very practical. It saves time to say 'woman' instead of 'real woman.' Also, it makes sense.