6+ Times Ashley Graham Took Her Haters to School

Diply 9 Oct 2018

If you don't know who Ashley Graham is, get with it. She's a fabulous plus-size model, TV host, and author who skyrocketed to fame in 2016 after becoming the first plus-size woman to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Yup, it took until 2016 for a plus-sized woman to grace the covers of that illustrious publication.

As you can probably guess, Ashley, like many other plus-size women, catches a lot of hate. From online comments to people in real life, she's dealt with more than her share of negativity when it comes to her size.

Thankfully, her clapbacks are legendary. Let's take a look at some of her best moments standing up for herself and exemplifying the epitome of body positivity.

1. That time she had to clarify that being cool has no size. 

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While talking to Glamour, Ashley brought up a memorable conversation where a man told her that she was somehow making fat look cool. You know, because being anything other than skinny means you're a huge loser, right? Wrong.

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Ashley turned his words into something positive.

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She went on to say, “The teachable moment there is that I am not making anything cool except for confidence and people feeling great about themselves." Well said, girl.

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2. That time she wasn't pregnant.

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There are few things more humiliating than someone thinking you're pregnant because your stomach isn't perfectly flat. And unfortunately, Ashley is no exception to that kind of unwarranted observation.

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Fortunately, however, she had a zinger ready. 

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She quickly corrected the misguided comment with a succinct roast: "that's just called fat." We love a woman who won't say sorry for having a belly!

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3. That time she had to define what a real model is. 

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A hateful Instagram account posted side-by-side comparisons of Ashley alongside another, thinner model, claiming that the thinner model was the "real" model. Ashley, they said, was the fake.

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Ashley was not about to let that one go

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As a professional model, Ashley is more than qualified to speak on who is and isn't a model. She had this to say: "Your weight, your skin, your hair, your religious background, none of that determines whether you’re a real model or not." Random Instagram users don't, either.

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4. That time she had to explain the human body to grown adults.

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Hi! Human bodies have cellulite, fat, and stretch marks. All bodies are real bodies. Unfortunately, some people don't understand that. A surely well-intended comment about finally seeing "real" bodies like Ashley's prompted her to stand up for everyone.

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She defined what real women are.

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"We are all real women. I can’t stand it when I read comments that say ‘finally, a real woman.’ No matter what your size/shape/amount of cellulite—we are in this together." If you identify as a woman, you're a real woman.

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5. That time she shut down anyone claiming she doesn't exercise. 

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For the record, it's no one's business if she exercises or not. However, after someone commented, "We thought you work out" on one of her pictures, Ashley decided to speak up.

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She explained that fitness is not one-size fits all.

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This no-brainer fact was spelled out succinctly by Ashley: "Girls with cellulite and rolls can't work out also?" Health and wellness really do look different for different people--check out Karlie Kloss balancing Ashley like a pro. Fit women who support each other are everything.

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6. That time she had to talk shut down people saying she doesn't exercise...again. 

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Because the internet is never done claiming she's unhealthy, doesn't exercise, or any manner of things that are none of anyone's business, Ashley decided to post a picture of her cellulite and talk about her health.

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Bodies are different and ever-changing things. 

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She said, "I workout. I do my best to eat well. I love the skin I'm in. And I'm not ashamed of a few lumps, bumps or cellulite.. and you shouldn't be either." Normalizing a normal human body is so important, and Ashley is doing it perfectly.

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7. That time she defended her Sports Illustrated cover.

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In a campaign for Layne Bryant, Ashley and other plus-size women — like Gabourey Sidibe — all responded to actual comments they'd gotten on social media by people who thought their opinions were somehow wanted.

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One commenter had a pretty bold claim. 

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The person claimed she somehow ruined Sports Illustrated. Ashley said, "Well, the way I see it, I made it better — forever." You know what? She's not wrong. In fact, she's incredibly right.

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8. That time she actually had to defend working out. 

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If it's not people saying that she should work out, it's people saying that she shouldn't. Because that makes perfect sense, right? Everyone seems determined to police Ashley's body and tell her what to do with it. One person went as far as to say, "You still need your fat to be a model." Wow.

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But Ashley set the record straight. 

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She said she works out to stay healthy, feel good, get rid of jet lag, clear her head, show big girls can move, stay flexible and strong, and have more energy. Notice that she doesn't mention losing weight — because fitness should never be just about being skinny!

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