Ashley Graham, the plus-size Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, has announced her belief that white privilege is the cause of her success in the fashion industry.
“I know I’m on this pedestal because of white privilege,” Graham said in an interview with New York magazine published this week.
“To not see black or Latina women as famous in my industry is crazy!” she also declared. “I have to talk about it. I want to give those women kudos because they are the ones who paved the way for me.”
Graham, 29, said she is aware that she is the only large yet voluptuous woman who has achieved runway — and swimsuit — stardom. She believes it is wrong that black and Hispanic women with similar body types aren’t enjoying the same modeling success.
“I’m getting a seat at the table we’ve never had before,” the supermodel said concerning women of her size.
“I know this isn’t about me. Just one girl is not going to change the world.”
Graham also reiterated her strong stance against the description “plus-size” in the New York magazine interview.
“It’s like, ‘Plus what?'” Graham said.
“I’m not here to ban the word from the dictionary,” she assured her interviewer. However, she wants people to say “curvy” instead.