Ashley Graham is taking over the fashion and media worlds.
The curvy model has broken lots of ground this year, and her latest venture proves that she’s a full-on icon for women. She’ll be on the cover of Cosmopolitan’s August issue.
She posted a photo of the cover on Instagram.
Though on the surface, this may not seem as huge as when she made history as the first-ever plus size model to cover both Sports Illustrated and Maxim – magazines that target men – it still packs a power punch. It’s concrete proof that mainstream magazines are no longer selling a one-size-fits-all approach to beauty, and that American female consumers are shifting their mentalities about body image, and consequently sending the dieting industry into a tizzy. Also of note: the cover doesn’t have any counterintuitive message about shedding fat.
This movement has been underway for some time.
Graham has already covered Glamour in its plus-size edition, and Cosmopolitan’s website frequently posts body positive posts, celebrating brands like Aerie, whose curvy spokes model Iskra Lawrence has become a major force in the modeling industry.
Other women’s magazines and websites have celebrated all sorts of body types – often through the lens of favorite female celebrities like Amy Schumer or through other plus size models like Tess Holliday – as though solidifying that we’re in a new era of the way in which companies sell to women.