Plus-Size Model Ashley Graham Nabs Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Spread

Model Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham in the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Photo by Ashley Graham/Instagram

NEW YORK, Feb. 10 (UPI) — Plus-size model Ashley Graham will appear in the 2016 Sports Illustrated swimsuit Issue.

Sports Illustrated announced the 28-year-old model will debut in the forthcoming edition, saying Graham has “branded herself over the years as an advocate for beauty of all shapes and sizes.”

“It’s official – I’m a @si_swimsuit model! This is a dream come true,” Graham wrote¬†on Instagram. “Thank you to everyone who stood up for curves – our voices were heard and together we can help me win Rookie of the Year. #beautybeyondsize @siswim.”

Graham first appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in a Swimsuits for All campaign last year. The publication ran her ad in the 2015 issue, making her one of the few plus-size models to grace the pages of the magazine.

“I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too,” Graham said at the time. “There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt. The world is ready for more curves in bikinis.”

Graham came to fame as a lingerie model for Lane Bryant, and has since appeared in Elle Quebec, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. She is also known for her work with Levi’s, and partnered with Addition Elle on a lingerie line in 2013.

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