As a vocal body diversity advocate, 28 year old Ashley Graham has long campaigned for models with fuller figures to be given more opportunities to work, but it seems some designers are unwilling to let that happen.
Ashley Graham is the first plus size model to grace the covers of Vogue magazine. After Graham, a size 16 model, made her debut on the cover of British Vogue for the January issue, Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Shulman revealed that some designers “flatly refused” to dress the star for the shoot.
Editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman started her editor’s letter for the January 2017 issue by thanking Coach and the creative direction of Stuart Vevers for dressing Ashley for the photo shoot. She wrote:
“The shoot was put together fairly last-minute and we are all very grateful to the people at Coach who, under the creative direction of Stuart Vevers, moved speedily to provide clothes for us that had to come from outside their sample range.”
“They were enthusiastic about dressing a woman who is not a standard model, but sadly there were other houses that flatly refused to lend us their clothes.”