Ashley Graham‘s journey to the top of the modeling world was not always an easy one. The 29-year-old lost out on many modeling jobs because of her weight and revealed to Entertainment Tonight how it took a toll on her emotionally.
“Everything was about exterior, everything was about weight for me. I really had to step back and say, ‘OK, am I looking for love through sex? Am I looking for love through food? Am I looking for love through the affirmation of fashion people who don’t understand my body?'”
She almost gave up on her dream 10 years ago when she was just 19 years old. But a phone call with her mom changed her mind:
“I said, ‘I can’t do it anymore, I’m coming home. This is it,’ and she said, ‘No, no, you’re not coming home. Your body is going to change someone’s life and New York needs you. The fashion industry needs you,’ and I stayed,” Graham explained.
Her new book, “A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like” is on book store shelves now.