Ashley Graham keen to land her own U.S. Vogue cover

Ashley Graham has set her sights on landing her own U.S. Vogue cover.The curvy star, who is currently expecting her first child with husband Justin Ervin, is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry and has recently landed major gigs for the li…

Ashley Graham has set her sights on landing her own U.S. Vogue cover.

The curvy star, who is currently expecting her first child with husband Justin Ervin, is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry and has recently landed major gigs for the likes of Swimsuits for All, Revlon, and Rag & Bone. 

But while Ashley made history when she became the first plus-size model to appear on a U.S. Vogue cover in early 2017, the image also featured six others, including Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, and she’s now divulged that she wants her very own photoshoot.

“There’s still so much more I want to accomplish,” she said in an interview for Into The Gloss. “The next thing is my own American Vogue cover. It feels close, but it also feels very far away.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Ashley spoke about her skincare routine and favourite cosmetics. The brunette beauty noted that she enjoys experimenting with new products, however, it’s a totally different story when it comes to her hair.

“I hate doing my hair… Don’t look at it. I’m a wash and go girl – any shampoo that’s sulphate-free is good,” the 31-year-old smiled. “Then, while my hair is still wet, I soak it with John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls and flip it back and forth for the next few hours as it dries. It keeps it perfectly wavy like I’ve been at the beach all day, but still frizz-free. I’ve been doing this since I was in middle school, same brand – I’ve tried other products, and nothing else works as well.”

Ashley went on to explain that she tries to wash her hair every three or four days, but this will change if she’s been to the gym.

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Ashley Graham isn’t afraid to respond to social media critics

Ashley Graham has no qualms about replying to her critics on social media.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, Revlon, and Rag & Bone, and walked for the likes…

Ashley Graham has no qualms about replying to her critics on social media.

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, Revlon, and Rag & Bone, and walked for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Siriano, and Michael Kors.

In spite of her success, Ashley is still targeted by online trolls, and she has now shared that she isn’t afraid to fire back at certain users.

“I listen to my fans and I value their feedback. I disregard the haters. Their words don’t hurt me,” she said in an interview for Harper’s Bazaar U.K. “As an example, I just posted some photos from Gigi Hadid’s birthday party on Instagram – I had worn this oversized denim dress with thigh-high boots and my chunkiness was hanging over the top of the boot. Someone commented: ‘Your thighs are bursting out of them.’ I decided to write back and say: ‘Yes, my thighs were bursting out and I felt sexy AF (as f**k).'”

In addition to working as a model, Ashley is a prominent body positivity activist, and often discusses the topic in TV interviews and on her podcast. And while the journey to a fully inclusive fashion industry has some way to go, she is proud of the shifts that have already occurred.

“I want to advocate for equal representation for all curvy women – all sizes, races and ages. In talking about my size, I have to remember that my body type has been around for a long time and that women of colour have always embraced and celebrated their curves. Now, there are white faces connected to curves and I feel a big sense of responsibility there – those women have been highly disregarded by the fashion industry,” the 31-year-old added.

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Ashley Graham had to ‘work harder’ than other models due to her size

Ashley Graham has had to “work harder” than other models because of her curvy figure.The plus-size star is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry and has landed major gigs for the likes of Swimsuits for All, Revlon, and Rag & Bone, and walked…

Ashley Graham has had to “work harder” than other models because of her curvy figure.

The plus-size star is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry and has landed major gigs for the likes of Swimsuits for All, Revlon, and Rag & Bone, and walked for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Siriano and Michael Kors.

However, Ashley’s rise to the top hasn’t been easy.

“I have had to work harder than everybody else because of my size,” she said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar U.K. “I’ve always had to suck it up. If you’re the kind of person who’s never been glamorised in fashion, then you have to justify why you’re meant to be there through your efforts. You have to prove yourself. I also know that my mother would appear out of nowhere and slap me round the head if she heard me complain.”

Ashley went on to explain that she still has insecurities over her cellulite and “back fat”. Yet, she is hopeful her work in promoting body positivity will inspire other young women to celebrate their figures.

“I take pride in being authentic and relatable; I’m always going to be myself. I honestly wish that I had someone to look up to when I was growing up who was like me, because it would have made me even more comfortable in my skin at an earlier age,” the 31-year-old commented.

Elsewhere in the chat, Ashley spoke about how she rejects labels, her marriage to Justin Ervin, upcoming entrepreneurial ventures, as well as how she is determined to keep spreading the message of inclusion and acceptance.

“I want to create more seats at the table for women and for underrepresented groups,” she added. “We have to raise young women to believe in themselves, to know that they have a voice, that their bodies shouldn’t hold them back, that insecurities aren’t a bad thing.”

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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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Rag & Bone collaborates with Disney on Mickey Mouse capsule 

Rag & Bone has collaborated with Disney on a Mickey Mouse-themed capsule collection.  The U.S. fashion brand, helmed by Marcus Wainwright, is no stranger to collaboration, having previously teamed with rapper Eminem and the producers of the Star War…

Rag & Bone has collaborated with Disney on a Mickey Mouse-themed capsule collection.  

The U.S. fashion brand, helmed by Marcus Wainwright, is no stranger to collaboration, having previously teamed with rapper Eminem and the producers of the Star Wars movies on different ranges.

Now, Rag & Bone has announced the creation of a limited-edition line to coincide with the launch of Mickey: The True Original campaign, a global celebration of Mickey Mouse’s heritage and impact on popular culture, since his inception in 1928.

“The unisex drop will offer a selection of best-selling Rag & Bone styles, twisted with iconic Mickey Mouse references,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “Highlighting the evolution of Mickey over the past 90 years, the collection plays with graphic elements to present Mickey with a modern edge.”

For the line, designers started by looking at original sketches from the Mickey Mouse archives. However, the final designs merge the many iterations of Mickey with a very “New York” sensibility, with items including an intarsia knit sweater, classic denim and signature cotton shirting.

“Mickey’s anniversary is acknowledged with an embossed leather patch on the back of the Fit 2 denim revealing the number 90. The anniversary reference also appears on the RB1 footwear, reinterpreted as a colour blocked sneaker,” a Rag & Bone rep added.

To accompany the launch of the capsule, the clothing brand will release a video that showcases the evolution of Mickey Mouse over the last 90 years, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the collection worn on the streets of New York City.

The collection will be available to purchase from 1 November, while Mickey: The True Original Exhibition opens in New York City a week later.

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Emma Roberts joins host of actors in Rag & Bone’s new campaign

Emma Roberts is one of the many film stars tapped to feature in Rag & Bone’s latest campaign.The actress stars in the brand’s autumn/winter 2018 campaign film alongside Kate Mara, Jon Hamm, Boyd Holbrook, Lakeith Stanfield, Lake Bell and Pom Klementief…

Emma Roberts is one of the many film stars tapped to feature in Rag & Bone’s latest campaign.

The actress stars in the brand’s autumn/winter 2018 campaign film alongside Kate Mara, Jon Hamm, Boyd Holbrook, Lakeith Stanfield, Lake Bell and Pom Klementieff, as well as director Reed Morano.

Footage was shot in Los Angeles and New York over the course of six weeks by The Killing of a Sacred Deer cinematographer Thimios Bakatakis, and features music from Radiohead singer/songwriter Thom Yorke.

The Time of Day series aims to tap into the notion that people are more connected to one another than they may think, and consists of eight short films woven together to explore the homogeneous situations strangers can find themselves in. All of the features are subtly interconnected by recurring props and locations.

Many photos from the campaign have been shot in black-and-white, but an image shared through Rag & Bone’s social media accounts show Scream Queens star Emma posing in a colourful image wearing a loose green leopard print dress. The pink and blue background is blurred behind her, and she poses with one hand on top of her head and sticks her tongue out as she cheekily winks at the camera.

Another snap, obtained by Dazed, shows Emma poking her tongue out once again, but this time wearing a pair of checked trousers, with only a blazer covering her top half.

The fashion brand has a history of recruiting showbiz’s hottest stars to feature in its campaigns, with Wiz Khalifa and Ashley Graham previously tapped.

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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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Eminem teams with Rag & Bone on capsule collection

Eminem has collaborated with fashion brand Rag & Bone on a capsule collection.The Lose Yourself rapper has teamed with label creative director Marcus Wainwright on the range, which features three slogan T-shirts with words such as “Eminem” and “Kamikaz…

Eminem has collaborated with fashion brand Rag & Bone on a capsule collection.

The Lose Yourself rapper has teamed with label creative director Marcus Wainwright on the range, which features three slogan T-shirts with words such as “Eminem” and “Kamikaze”.

Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers III, has also created a version of his signature hoodie, known as The Icon Hoodie, which is available in three colours and feature references to his hometown of Detroit, such as the city’s area code and the anvil emblem.

“Highly original. Always authentic. @eminem (has) designed a limited-edition collection of iconic hoodies and tees that echoes his signature style,” a brand representative captioned a snap of the garments on the label’s Instagram page.

The line celebrates the end of Eminem’s Revival Tour, in support of his ninth studio album, Revival.

First pieces will be available on Friday (13Jul18) at a pop-up shop at The Sun & 13 Cantons pub in London before the hip-hop star’s shows at Twickenham Stadium on the weekend.

Prices will range from $95 (£72) to $250 (£190). And if fans miss out on the opportunity to shop in London, the collection will be available online starting on Saturday.

“Eminem is a legend, it’s as simple as that. We have spent years working to collaborate with true originals,” added Wainwright in a statement. “People who have forged their own path in life. For me, Eminem utterly personifies ‘original’. Working with him on this project was humbling, inspiring and generally awesome.”

To promote the collection, Rag & Bone has also created a launch video featuring Eminem in the clothes. The imagery was shot on an iPhone by cinematographer Darius Khondji.

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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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Rag & Bone to begin offering designs in extended sizes

Rag & Bone will offer a range of designs in extended sizes following a backlash regarding the involvement of Ashley Graham in a campaign.The American fashion brand, helmed by Marcus Wainwright, has built up a reputation for quality denim since it was f…

Rag & Bone will offer a range of designs in extended sizes following a backlash regarding the involvement of Ashley Graham in a campaign.

The American fashion brand, helmed by Marcus Wainwright, has built up a reputation for quality denim since it was founded in 2002, with curvy model Ashley tapped to be one of the stars of its new DIY Project line.

However, the news of the brunette beauty’s involvement with Rag & Bone has received backlash from online followers who pointed out that the label doesn’t offer plus-size garments, and a representative for the label has now confirmed that the company is looking to rectify the situation.

“We can confirm that Rag & Bone will be introducing a selection of best-selling denim and ready-to-wear, in extended sizes from November,” a representative told People.com. “In addition, we have already started delivering a selection of denim with extended sizing through our partners at Nordstrom.”

For Ashley’s Rag & Bone photoshoot, she was given a camera and a bag of clothes which she was asked to interpret in her own way. The result was a series of Polaroids shot by her husband Justin Ervin showing her pose in a variety of garments, including blue jeans and a white T-shirt as well as black skinny jeans and a classic black tank top.

But at present, the tops Ashley models in the campaign are only available in sizes XXS to L and the jeans go up to a U.S. waist size 32, the same as a U.K. size 14.

Accordingly, a number of the 30-year-old star’s fans were quick to express their dismay over the lack of inclusive sizes following the release of the marketing imagery last week.

“I already checked… unless size 32 is plus size, no dice…” one fan wrote on her Instagram page, while another added: “So many questions. But first of all what size are you wearing? Because we all know Rag & Bone’s biggest size is 32 but fits like a 27, so are they going plus-size now?”

Hailey Baldwin, Alek Wek, Bella Hadid and Paris Jackson have also been tapped for Rag & Bone’s DIY Project.

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