A plus-size model has been hailed an ‘inspiration’ by her fans after taking to social media to bare all in a revealing new post, showing the reality of having cellulite.
Model Ashley Graham has given confidence to women everywhere in an inspiringly brave Instagram post, which shows off her ‘lumps and bumps’.
The 28 year old has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world, as well as appearing in the latest music video for DNCE, and now she’s trying to show women that you don’t need to be super slim to be happy in your skin.
In a picture that shows the model’s thighs, bum and stomach as she’s sat down relaxing on the beach, Ashley deliberately focuses in on her back and sides of her legs.
She captioned the image with an inspiring message, explaining that although she tries to stay healthy, she still gets cellulite like everyone else and that she isn’t ashamed of it.
Using hashtags like #beautybeyondsize and #lovetheskinyourein the model encourages self-confidence in her followers.
‘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. #beautybeyondsize #lovetheskinyourein’
Ashley’s image has received an overwhelmingly positive response, with over 200,000 likes in just five hours and hundreds of messages from fans.
Women from all over the world thanked Ashley for sharing a picture that would make most feel self conscious, with some saying that her honesty has made them feel more confident.
One social media user wrote, ‘Ashley, you a gorgeous, inspirational woman. If only there were more like you in the world. Thank you (from women all over the world!) for making it ok to be ok with being in your own skin. Big love to you’ while another added, ‘You’re a wonderful person. Thank you for making many women feel confident!’
Another follower praised the American model as a leader for body acceptance, ‘You’re awesome, and so needed! You’re leading the way for body acceptance at a time when women of all ages are aiming for a crazy level of perfection.
There is extraordinary beauty in a women’s curves and we should all feel comfortable in whatever shape we’re in. You’re an inspiration!’