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Ashley Graham strips down in black and white and talks with her friend Tracee Ellis Ross about role models, mothers, and mantras in VMagazine’s summer issue.

“I think I hit bottom around 18,”Ashley told Tracee. “I was disgusted with myself and told my mom I was coming home. And she told me, ‘No, you’re not, because you told me that this was what you wanted and I know you’re supposed to do this. It doesn’t matter what you think about your body, because your body is supposed to change somebody’s life.’ To this day that sticks with me because I’m here today and I feel that it’s okay to have cellulite.”

“I remember my first signs of cellulite, in middle school,” she said. “I remember telling my mom, ‘Isn’t it disgusting? It’s so ugly.’ She pulled her pants down and said, ‘Look, I have it, too.’ And I was like, ‘Gasp!’ She looked at me, then at it, and just rolled her eyes.”

“She didn’t tell me that it’s beautiful or ugly,” she continued. “She just made it a nonissue. It doesn’t define my worth. If women like you and me continue to preach that, then I feel like younger girls are going to grasp it and they’re going to be like, ‘Who cares!'”

Read the full interview HERE

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