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Ashley Graham Opens Up About Sexual Harassment As A Teen

She has a powerful message for women everywhere.

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Ashley Graham is on the cover of Glamour Magazine this month, and she completely SLAYS IT.

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In her cover interview, Ashley was incredibly candid about everything from kissing Joe Jonas (two thumbs way up!) to being a sex symbol.

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But for the first time, she also opened up about something horrible that happened to her on set when she was only 17:

There was an incident on set of a campaign job when I was 17 years old—I haven’t told this story—and there was a photo assistant who was into me. He was like, “Hey, come here,” and he led me into a closet. And I was like, “What?” I thought he was going to show me something. And he pulled me in, and he pulled his penis out. And he was like, “Grab it.” And I was like, “No! That’s disgusting.” I freaked out. And thank God I was closer to the door, and I just bolted out.

Ashley never told anyone about what happened (until now) but admits that it changed her outlook forever:

I told myself, ever since that incident, that I wasn’t going to allow someone at work to manipulate what I wanted to do on set. So any image that you see out there is one that I wanted to take.

Sadly, that wasn't the first time that Ashley dealt with an experience like that — she revealed in her memoir, A New Model that when she was 10, an 18-year-old boy made her touch his erection while they were changing after swimming at the pool.

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It took some time for her to realize that both that incident and what happened on set seven years later were both forms of sexual assault:

Now I know that. At the time I didn’t. Then, it was like, “Did I do something to provoke that?” Or, “Did I give them a signal that it was OK?” The insecure girl inside me was like, “Well, maybe I did something.”

Now, Ashley's message is loud and clear. "To all those girls out there: No, you didn’t do anything."

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PREACH, ASHLEY!

Read more of Ashley's inspirational Glamour cover interview here.

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