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Ashley Graham Got Real AF And Said What We Were All Thinking About Her White Privilege

"To not see black or Latina women as famous in my industry is crazy!"

So we all know Ashley Graham, right? Supermodel, body activist, and all-around QUEEN!!!

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Well, she just landed the cover of New York magazine, and O. M. GEEEEE 😍 😍 😍 !

Maurizio Cattelan & Pierpaolo Ferrari

In addition to the stunning photos, tho, Graham gets HELLA real about the correlation between white privilege and her success as a curve model in the fashion industry.

Maurizio Cattelan & Pierpaolo Ferrari

"I know I’m on this pedestal because of white privilege,” Graham admits in the feature. β€œTo not see black or Latina women as famous in my industry is crazy! I have to talk about it. I want to give those women kudos because they are the ones who paved the way for me."

Maurizio Cattelan & Pierpaolo Ferrari

Graham and her filmmaker husband Justin Ervin have discussed how "the body type that’s being celebrated as special on her is actually a beauty norm for many women of color," like her close friends and fellow models Marquita Pring (pictured below) and Precious Lee.

"When your BFF is making you feel wayssss.. 😍😍😍 #shessocute" β€”@theashleygraham
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"When your BFF is making you feel wayssss.. 😍😍😍 #shessocute" β€”@theashleygraham

Pring is signed to modeling agencies IMG and Alda Women. The 27-year-old model got her start when she was 15, but despite a coveted spot in Jean-Paul Gaultier's Spring '11 lineup and two consecutive seasons as the face of Levi Strauss & Co, the curve model has yet to peak as a household name like Graham.

Instagram: @marquitapring

In a candid Q&A with Fashionista, Pring said, "Not only would I love to see models of a range of sizes but I'd also love to see more models of different ethnicity. Not just in specific magazine issues targeted to one specific race but in magazines and campaigns everywhere."

Similarly, Precious Lee, also on the esteemed IMG roster, was signed at 18, and even broke barriers as the first black plus model to appear in Vogue and one of the first black curve models to make her way into Sports Illustrated.

Instagram: @preciousleexoxo

Lee has also used her success to speak up about the lack of race and body diversity in fashion. "Being black and being plus is something that is a rare combo within this industry at this level, and I feel like it's important to continue to excel and progress so there can continue to be more and more and more," she told Elle, shortly after she appeared in the same Sports Illustrated with Graham on the cover. "Us doing this, this happening right now, is going to allow girls that are teenagers now, for it to be normal for them. That is what a real revolution is."

The industry needs LOTS of work, but we are proud of these dahlings for advocating for us all. STAY STRONG AND BEAUTIFUL, QUEENS! πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘

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