Poor Ashley Graham. This freakin’ SUCKS.
In a recent interview, the Sports Illustrated model revealed that she once had an agent who waived money in her face as a motivator to lose weight.
“I had agencies telling me that I had to lose weight. I had one that waved money in my face and said, ‘If you lose more ‘lb’s’ – pounds – you can make a lot more of this,’ and he was waving $20 bills in my face.”
“That wasn’t even a motivator for me to lose weight. I was peaking at a size 18, and in the plus size fashion industry, models go from a size 8 to a size 16/18. So if you’re on the smaller size or the bigger size, you’re not going to work as much as if you’re in the middle. So he was trying to encourage me to lose weight but it didn’t work, because I was that person where if you told me to go on a diet and lose weight, I’m just going to gain weight.”
Though she’s stubborn, this kind of stuff really hurt her self-esteem. She said:
“I had gained a lot of weight because my mom wasn’t cooking for me and I wasn’t working out. I started to really hate myself. I would literally just look in the mirror, and I would be disgusted. It was a constant degrading of my body. You’re fat. You’re ugly. You’re worthless. I’m surprised you’re a model. Are some of the things I would say to myself.”
“A lot of taking care of my body and my mind and my soul had to do with talking to myself and actually giving myself affirmations. It got me out of my funk. I still had cellulite, I still had back fat, I still had jiggly arms, and I decided to love every part of it.”
And now, you can love yourself and make a crapton of money. HAPPILY EVER AFTER, GIRL!