Meet Ashley Graham, Sports Illustrated’s First Plus-Sized Swimsuit Model

“I think that you can be healthy at any size and my goal is to help and educate women on that,” she wrote. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a size 2 or 22 as long as you’re taking care of your body, working out, and telling yourself, ‘I love you’ instead of taking in the negativity of beauty standards.”

-Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham, 27, just became the first plus-size model to be featured for an ad in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition. The issue will hit stands February 9th. Graham, who wears a size 16, has always embraced her curves, appearing in ads for Lane Bryant and Addition Elle, a plus-sized lingerie retailer. In 2012, she was named the Full Figured Fashion Week’s Model of the Year.

“I know my curves are sexy and I want everyone else to know that theirs are too. There is no reason to hide and every reason to flaunt.”

Beauty doesn’t have a size. Good for Ashley.

[Ashley Graham]