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Ashley Graham: reigning queen of pin up style

Ashley Graham style inspiration

Karl Lagerfeld said he’d never dress a woman larger than a size 12 - until he met the reigning queen of curves, Ashley Graham, that is.

The woman single-handedly redefining body diversity with her modernist maxim – ‘beauty is beyond size’, Ashley is changing the fashion industry’s fickle approach to body issues with a cool, calm and confident attitude to loving the skin you’re in.

The fashion industry has long been accused of distorting the standard of perfection with a size-zero culture. The ultimate source of sartorial zeitgeist, brands like Chanel and Dior have been directing the narrative on body shape since the New Look - defining beauty on a global scale with aspirational body types the driving force behind a culture bred on being thin.

But, now there is a new model du jour in town and she’s taking style back - way back, with a figure fit for a Botticelli masterpiece.

The first woman to grace the cover of American Vogue and Sports Illustrated with a strict no-nonsense approach to body shaming, the proud size-16 model is cultivating a healthier conversation on the subject of shape - defending our rights to a sizing system that represents today’s modern muse.

Falling outside the lines of conventional standards for catwalk and campaigns, Ashley has been battling to remove the sample-size stigma concerning curvier women in the media ever since she booked her first shoot in 2001.

Breaking out of the box that restricted her career to the plus-size niche she defiantly disapproves of, she’s now got over two million fans and her own hashtag #beautybeyondsize that is helping to cement her status as the world’s most formidable body activist.

Not just fierce, but oh-so-feminine, too, Ashley proves that fashion fits all with her fresh reworks on ready to wear. Flattering her figure with separates that outline her enviable hourglass figure, this editorial for Elle Canada showcases her creative and carefree attitude to everyday style. Working to combine this season’s key statement buys, Ashley works layering with some serious front row allure in this corseted combo.

A huge fan of figure-grazing button ups like our Hepburn silk shirt, this simple white design is ideal for styling with a work-chic pinstriped bustier top and cinched in at the waist with a chunky double belted corset.

Flaunting just a hint of flesh through a low-buttoned décolleté, we can catch a glimpse of Ashley’s secret weapon – a panelled bustier bra with metal hardware. Adding essential support and endless sex appeal into the mix, this flattering formal silhouette wouldn’t be complete without a maxi bodycon skirt to really show off her pin-up potential!

Accessorised with a skinny stiletto, minimalist creole hoops and a shoulder bag to match, this everywoman outfit ticks all the boxes when it comes to inclusive fashion.

Accept every inch and believe in beautiful with Ashley Graham and the curvy girl takeover!

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