There was once a time when you needed to be super skinny to make a success of things in the modelling industry, before companies saw sense and realised that the everyday woman just did not look like this and people were actually starving themselves to try to look like a supermodel.
Plus-size models are now all the rage and Ashley Graham is leading the way for plus-size models everywhere. However, Ashley has now opened up about how she was bullied when she was younger, not only for being a bigger girl, but also due to the fact that she was dyslexic.
Graham was chatting to Elle Canada, when she explained, "My mom always told me that I was smart even though I was called dumb in school because I have dyslexia. I was also a big girl who played sports and ate well, and she would tell me, 'You’re fit and healthy'. I was super-insecure at the time, but it helped to hear her words."
She added, "Being told in the fourth grade that you're dyslexic and you're not going to be able to read properly takes a toll on you, and it really makes you believe you’re dumb. I would always hear people say, 'Oh, thank God she's pretty!' I'll say it as a joke now because I haven't let dyslexia take over who I am."
These days, Ashley Graham is considered one of the hottest women on the planet and has become one of the biggest and best stars in the modelling industry. Keep up the good work Ash, you are a great role model to millions of women around the world.