Ashley Graham finds her Pretty Big Deal podcast “incredibly liberating” because she has complete control over it.
The model launched the podcast, in which she has candid conversations with celebrity guests, in October 2018, and she dropped the second season, which has now expanded to become weekly episodes, in November.
In an interview with Time, the curvy star, who is currently pregnant with her first child, said the podcast was more liberating than modelling because she can make sure she is 100 per cent herself.
“With this podcast, I have full control. I own the narrative, and I think that there’s something incredibly liberating about that,” she shared. “When it comes to fashion, I’m literally giving up my body and face to a company or to a magazine, who could edit me and in Pretty Big Deal, I’m unedited.”
The 32-year-old explained that it was important to her to show her authentic self and open up about personal issues on the podcast, as well as to make her guests feel comfortable so they’re more likely to have an honest conversation.
“It’s important to me to show up to the job the way I am as a person; I don’t have a persona, I don’t change who I am and I want people to feel comfortable,” Ashley stated. “I ask the questions that you at home want to know, I ask the questions that are to the point.
“I put myself on the line, I talk about feeling insecure about my body and my ups and downs with food and men, family, it runs the gamut and I think that people know when they’re coming down and sitting on my couch, it’s about truth and honesty.”
So far this season, Ashley has spoken to the likes of Emily Ratajkowski, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Arianna Huffington. She has pre-recorded episodes to cover her maternity leave after she gives birth to her son in January.
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