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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