Ashley Graham is an American plus-size model who has appeared on the cover of fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Elle. In addition, she appeared in several Levi’s campaigns as well as Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit edition. Graham, 30, is originally from Lincoln, Nebraska. Thanks to her fame, Graham has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Entertainment Tonight, and CBS News and was interviewed by NPR about plus-size modeling.
Growing up in Nebraska, Graham attended Scott Middle School from 1999 to 2002 and attended Lincoln Southwest High School from 2002 to 2005. In the year 2000, she was “discovered” by the I & I agency while shopping at Oak View Mall in Omaha, Nebraska.
Graham’s career exploded in 2016 when she became the first plus-size model to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Following her SI Swimsuit appearance, Graham served as a backstage host for Miss USA 2016, Miss Universe 2016, Miss USA 2017 and Miss Universe 2017. In addition, she is official judge of reality show America’s Next Top Model transmitted by VH1.
Following her meteoric rise to fame, Graham released her first book, A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like, in 2017. In 2017 and 2018, she made additional appearances in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition.