Ashley Graham working on building her lifestyle brand

Ashley Graham is working hard on developing her lifestyle brand.The curvy model is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry and has landed major gigs for the likes of Swimsuits for All, Marina Rinaldi, Revlon, and Rag & Bone. However, Ashley is…

Ashley Graham is working hard on developing her lifestyle brand.

The curvy model is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry and has landed major gigs for the likes of Swimsuits for All, Marina Rinaldi, Revlon, and Rag & Bone.

However, Ashley is keen to bring all of her various projects under one umbrella and has recently teamed with Scooter Braun, who manages the careers of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, in order to achieve her dreams.

“Having a lifestyle brand is a very big goal for me,” she said in an interview with U.S. Elle magazine. “That’s what I’m building out right now with my manager.”

In addition to creating her brand and modelling, Ashley has been a judge on America’s Next Top Model, hosted American Beauty Star, and launched her podcast Pretty Big Deal. Even though she is already involved in a number of different types of media platforms, the brunette beauty went on to explain that she had a realisation during a wellness retreat a few months ago that she doesn’t want to be the next Oprah Winfrey.

“I was hiking and listening to one of her (Oprah’s) podcasts. One of her producers was on, talking, and she was like, ‘If I had a dollar every time someone said, ‘I’ve got the next Oprah,’ I’d be filthy rich.’ She was like, ‘Nobody’s gonna be Oprah, because Oprah cornered a market in her time… Nobody was talking the way she was talking on TV,'” the 31-year-old recalled. “It was my aha moment. People have always put me in this box of Oprah, or Ellen, or whatever. I was like, ‘I’m not gonna be Oprah. I’m gonna be Ashley.'”

Ashley actually had the pleasure of meeting Oprah at the A Wrinkle in Time movie premiere last year.

Yet, it is actually the media mogul’s long-time friend Gayle King, a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, who she has sought professional advice from at times.

“Gayle King doesn’t know this, but she’s my mentor,” she laughed.

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Ashley Graham: ‘Models can no longer just be a pretty face’

Ashley Graham is adamant new models breaking into the industry need to be more than just “a pretty face”.The curvy model is one of the hottest names in the business and has recently landed gigs for the likes of Lane Bryant, Revlon and Rag & Bone. Ashl…

Ashley Graham is adamant new models breaking into the industry need to be more than just “a pretty face”.

The curvy model is one of the hottest names in the business and has recently landed gigs for the likes of Lane Bryant, Revlon and Rag & Bone.

Ashley has also created a swimwear line in partnership with Swimsuits For All and denim capsule collection for Marina Rinaldi, and has now shared how important it is for rising stars to diversify in order to have longevity in fashion.

“You can’t just be a pretty face,” she told The New York Times. “You can’t just be a hot body. It’s really about being a businesswoman. It’s about having a voice. It’s about what are you doing to change your world and leave a legacy and a mark for the next generation.”

Ashley went on to explain that she still works on her runway walk and often worries that she’s going to fall on her face when strutting her stuff.

However, she finds it disappointing that it’s always the same fashion designers that cast plus-size models for Fashion Week presentations.

“We’re left with probably Michael Kors, Christian Siriano, Tome, Chromat. Oh, Alexander McQueen had two curvy girls. And that’s it,” the 30-year-old sighed. “If you really think about it, there really aren’t a lot of designers that are putting curvy women in their shows. But if you think about it glass half full, there’s never been designers that put curvy girls in their show.”

As very few curvy models get hired for shows, Ashley often feels there’s more pressure on her as she needs to represent a “whole community”. And she thinks it is the models who are sized between a U.S. four and a U.S. 12 (size U.K. eight – U.K. 16) that struggle to get gigs the most.

“When you’re a straight-size model, you have to be between a size 0 and a size 4. When you’re curvy, you have to be between a size 12 and a 16 in order to get the great work. So it’s those girls that are in between…where are the jobs for them?” she questioned.

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Robyn Lawley left with facial scars after terrifying staircase fall

Robyn Lawley has been left with facial scars after falling down a staircase as a result of suffering a seizure.The curvy Australian model is known for fronting campaigns for plus-size brands such as Lane Bryant and Marina Rinaldi as well as appearing i…

Robyn Lawley has been left with facial scars after falling down a staircase as a result of suffering a seizure.

The curvy Australian model is known for fronting campaigns for plus-size brands such as Lane Bryant and Marina Rinaldi as well as appearing in photoshoots for Ralph Lauren and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

However, Robyn has now been forced to step out of the spotlight after injuring her face in a terrifying accident two months ago.

“I unfortunately had a seizure on my staircase, I fell from over 7ft and landed on my face. I suppose it’s ironic that I’m a model, however I’m grateful I didn’t break my neck,” the star wrote on her Instagram page on Monday (13Aug18). “I’ve managed to come full circle with that gratefulness, and luck. I could of had it holding my daughter for example, or I could be in a wheelchair, or not breathing at all (sic).”

Robyn, who shares three-year-old daughter Ripley with her partner Everest Schmidt, uploaded a photo showing the cuts and scratches on her face a short time after the accident and another more recent snap displaying how her face has mostly healed except for a large scar on her forehead.

In her post, she also explained that her fall was linked to her battles with autoimmune disease lupus and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), which provokes blood clots in both arteries and veins.

“With fashion week coming soon I wanted to acknowledge my new lighting bolt scar on my forehead, lip and chin,” the 29-year-old wrote. “As the scars fade, a part of me wants nothing to do with them and a part of me wants to embrace them. They make us who we are. Plus wearing daily make-up to cover my face is something I do not do.”

To conclude her Instagram post, Robyn noted that she was thankful for the medical experts who cared for her in hospital and explained to fans that they were welcome to direct message her any questions they may have about lupus or APS.

“Life isn’t all rainbows. I’ve found strength the past few months following people who are brave to share their physical and emotional ongoing battles,” she added. “To anyone that’s going through something I’m sorry for the pain you have to endure.”

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Ashley Graham ensured designs for Marina Rinaldi weren’t ‘matronly’

Ashley Graham’s line with Marina Rinaldi was a result of too much “matronly” plus-size fashion on the market.Breaking the beauty boundaries in fashion, Ashley, who wears a U.S. size 10, has become one of the industry’s most in-demand models. And as we…

Ashley Graham’s line with Marina Rinaldi was a result of too much “matronly” plus-size fashion on the market.

Breaking the beauty boundaries in fashion, Ashley, who wears a U.S. size 10, has become one of the industry’s most in-demand models.

And as well as walking the catwalk and fronting numerous campaigns, the 30-year-old has also turned her hand to design work, including her range with curvy fashion retailer Marina Rinaldi.

Explaining to Glamour how she has steered clear of a “matronly” aesthetic, Ashley continued: “I told them, ‘We have to stay away from that because it’s already out there and I don’t want to make anything that’s already been done – and if I’m not gonna wear it, then it’s not going to sell.’

“The initial conversation was, ‘Guys, if you want me, you know what you’re gonna get: You’re gonna get cool, you’re gonna get sexy.’ And they said, ‘Yes, this is what we want and this is why we want you.’ That was the initial, OK, we’re all on the same page.”

The America’s Next Top Model panellist has just released her second collection with the label, which has an ’80s vibe to it, and like her first drop, there are lots of denim creations, as well as luxe leather looks.

Asked why she’s again focusing on denim, Ashley reasoned that it’s for “the exact same reason” why she also designs lingerie and swimwear.

“I couldn’t find things that fit me the way that I wanted them to, and I couldn’t find designs that made me feel special, that made me feel like a fashion girl,” she shrugged. “I’m not trying to walk down the street, accessorised in glam to the T every day, but I want to feel special.”

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Ashley Graham credits mother’s advice for resetting her career

Ashley Graham has credited her mother’s advice for helping to transform her fashion career.The curvy model is one of the hottest names in the business and has recently landed gigs for the likes of Lane Bryant, Marina Rinaldi, Revlon and Rag & Bone. Whi…

Ashley Graham has credited her mother’s advice for helping to transform her fashion career.

The curvy model is one of the hottest names in the business and has recently landed gigs for the likes of Lane Bryant, Marina Rinaldi, Revlon and Rag & Bone.

While Ashley nearly gave up pursuing modelling when she first moved to New York at the age of 17 because she became disheartened by the reaction to her figure, she has now shared that some words of wisdom bestowed on her by her mother Linda Graham changed her outlook.

“I gained 25 pounds; I was a US size 18. Agents were telling me that my career was over,” she recalled to Harper’s Bazaar magazine. “So, I called my mom and said, ‘I’m moving home. I’m not doing this anymore.’ She then said something to me that now seems prophetic: ‘You can’t. Your body is going to change someone’s life one day.'”

Ashley has become a force to be reckoned with when it comes to promoting messages of self-acceptance and female empowerment. But even with her status as a fashion star, she has noted that audience members are sometimes still shocked to see her on the catwalk alongside sample-size models.

“You know, I sometimes still hear gasps when I turn the corner on a runway,” the 30-year-old sighed. “But it’s creating a conversation. I may be the only curvy girl in a show, but I feel that I am representing the majority of women when I’m wearing that dress.”

During the interview, Ashley also discussed how she is determined to stay true to her “authentic” self and encourage other women to embrace their bodies.

“I want to be an example to allow women to be who they are. That’s why this connects on a deeper level with different ages, races and sizes. Ultimately, it’s about all womankind,” she smiled.

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Fausto Puglisi wants Oprah Winfrey to model his Marina Rinaldi designs

Fausto Puglisi has set his sights on Oprah Winfrey modelling his Marina Rinaldi designs.The Italian designer unveiled his second capsule collection for the Max Mara-run fashion brand, which caters to curvy women, as part of Paris Couture Week on Wednes…

Fausto Puglisi has set his sights on Oprah Winfrey modelling his Marina Rinaldi designs.

The Italian designer unveiled his second capsule collection for the Max Mara-run fashion brand, which caters to curvy women, as part of Paris Couture Week on Wednesday (04Jul18).

Pieces included a colour blocked dress, skirt featuring geometric print and leather studded jacket, with Puglisi adamant that women like Winfrey are his ideal customer.

“I loved seeing her in something tight and sexy at the royal wedding,” he told Vogue.com, referring to the pale pink Stella McCartney dress the media mogul wore to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s nuptials in May. “A curvy woman can be herself. No prejudice, no boundaries.”

Puglisi has tapped plus-size model and body positivity advocate Ashley Graham to front the campaigns for his fall 2018 and spring 2019 ranges for Rinaldi.

While the Sicily-born fashion star is used to working with sample-size models from his time helming French label Ungaro as well as his namesake brand, he is adamant that catering to a wide range of shapes and sizes is the future of the fashion industry.

“I said yes immediately,” the designer said of being offered the chance to collaborate with Rinaldi. “Max Mara is the best luxury group in Italy, and I wanted to better myself. We are living in a moment of inclusion. Let’s do something about happiness and freedom.”

Puglisi also divulged that he is looking to make a line of clothes from cotton for his spring line.

The collection marks 30-year-old Graham’s continued partnership with the Reggio Emilia-based company, having fronted ads for the label and released two ranges of denim-inspired clothes.

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Ashley Graham fronts Vogue Arabia’s Body Revolution issue

Ashley Graham has been tapped to star in the cover image for Vogue Arabia’s Body Revolution issue.The curvy model, who continues to promote messages of self-acceptance and female empowerment, is fast becoming one of the hottest names in the business an…

Ashley Graham has been tapped to star in the cover image for Vogue Arabia’s Body Revolution issue.

The curvy model, who continues to promote messages of self-acceptance and female empowerment, is fast becoming one of the hottest names in the business and has recently landed gigs for the likes of Lane Bryant, Marina Rinaldi, Revlon and Rag & Bone.

For her latest shoot, Ashley has landed the cover of Vogue Arabia and explained in an accompanying interview with the fashion publication that she believes spreading the message of “beauty beyond size” is her “destiny”.

“My mother told me that when I walked into a room, I would greet every single person – even at three years old,” she said. “It was more of an emotion that I would give people, and it would leave them feeling good about who they are. I think that’s what I’m doing today; letting women know that they are worthy, that they are beautiful, and that they can be happy with who they are in their skin.”

For the cover imagery, Ashley was photographed by Miguel Reveriego and is seen sporting a silver sequin Balmain dress, Oscar de la Renta jacket and Tasaki jewellery.

In one photo, Ashley poses alongside fellow plus-size model Paloma Elsesser, who dazzles in a silver dress from Paco Rabanne.

Born in Canada to an African-American mother and a father of Chilean-Swiss descent, Paloma also spoke about her journey to embracing her figure.

“The feelings that I have about my body today aren’t very different from the way I felt about it in the first grade,” the 26-year-old explained. “What has changed, is the way I navigate those feelings.”

Fashion designer Dima Ayad, influencer Nadine Abdel Aziz, weightlifter Amna Al Haddad and Marc Jacobs beauty ambassador Rhea Jacobs also feature in the issue.

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Ashley Graham unveils second capsule collection for Marina Rinaldi

Ashley Graham has designed a second capsule collection for Marina Rinaldi.The model unveiled her debut line for the plus-size women’s clothing brand, owned by the Max Mara Fashion Group, in 2017, and her denim-inspired selection proved extremely popula…

Ashley Graham has designed a second capsule collection for Marina Rinaldi.

The model unveiled her debut line for the plus-size women’s clothing brand, owned by the Max Mara Fashion Group, in 2017, and her denim-inspired selection proved extremely popular when it was presented during Milan Fashion Week.

Now, a second Ashley Graham x Marina Rinaldi collaboration is ready to drop – an ’80s-esque line which is predicted to be just as successful as Ashley’s previous offering.

“The feedback to the collection has been extremely positive,” Lynne Webber, managing director of Marina Rinaldi, divulged in an interview with WWD. “Ashley is a very strong positive role model for the Marina Rinaldi community and she promotes being bold, encouraging women to be bolder in fashion.”

The executive explained that the fashion star worked with the company to source high-performing materials to help create “very flattering” form fitting pieces.

Lynne also believes that the ’80s inspiration has brought a “sassy atmosphere” to the collection, evident in leather biker and bomber jackets as well as edgy wraparound dresses.

“We are also introducing more accessible prices within the capsule to reach a wider audience through the choice of materials,” she added.

Denim is still an important feature of the 30-year-old’s follow-up line, with jeans available in a wide range of styles, lengths and colours, while denim shirts, dresses and bodysuits are also heavily featured.

The capsule is already on sale in Marina Rinaldi boutiques and department stores as well as online.

And Lynne credits Ashley’s strong social media presence with the brand’s growing popularity amongst the younger generation.

“(Ashley’s campaigns) have brought in a significantly younger segment, transforming the fan base with a clientele younger than 35,” she insisted.

In addition to her design duties, the catwalk star has also fronted many campaigns for Marina Rinaldi, including its spring 2017 advert.

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Marina Rinaldi taps Fausto Puglisi for capsule collection

Fausto Puglisi has designed a capsule collection for Marina Rinaldi.The Italian designer will unveil the line during Paris Couture Week in July (18), with model Ashley Graham fronting the campaigns for the fall 2018 and spring 2019 ranges. Marina Rinal…

Fausto Puglisi has designed a capsule collection for Marina Rinaldi.

The Italian designer will unveil the line during Paris Couture Week in July (18), with model Ashley Graham fronting the campaigns for the fall 2018 and spring 2019 ranges.

Marina Rinaldi, part of the Max Mara group, is a label known for pushing fashion boundaries and catering for curvy women. Patricia Arquette and Alessandra Garcia Lorido, daughter of actor Andy Garcia, have previously starred in Marina Rinaldi ads.

The collaboration marks Graham’s continued partnership with the Italian womenswear brand, and last September (17), she tried her hand at designing when she unveiled a denim-inspired line of clothes for the company.

“We thought it was a good idea to reinforce this (commitment) with this new role as a designer,” said Lynne Webber, managing director of Marina Rinaldi, according to WWD. “Ashley is a super positive role model with a vast following on social media. The capsule is centred on Ashley as a typical consumer, there is an identification with her.”

Puglisi is also known for pushing fashion boundaries and doesn’t conform when it comes to beauty.

His collections are always full of colour and vibrancy, something he credits to his Southern Italian roots and growing up surrounded by “the turquoise of the sea, the blue sky, and the sunsets tinged with almost neon tones”.

“My search for my own idea of beauty is free from prejudice – for example, the use of printed silk in men’s clothes is crucial for me, but I totally understand that only very confident men can wear it,” he previously said. “But to be honest, at this point in my life and my career, I’m only interested in those things that are spontaneous and emotional.”

Puglisi had headed up Emanuel Ungaro but parted ways with the company last year.

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