Being one of the world’s most recognisable models, keen on using her profile to deliver a message of body positivity to women across the world, Ashely continues to push beyond stereotypes that try to define the “ideal” size a woman should be.

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Talking to Time Magazine, she embraced the opportunities that come with her modelling career, “I think modelling gave me a platform in general, and I think now more than ever, models have the opportunity to talk about things that are important to them, social issues.”

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The plus size super model has her own podcast, called Pretty Big Deal and says owning the narrative is liberating.

“With this podcast, I have full control, I own the narrative and I think that there’s something incredibly liberating about that. When it comes to fashion, I’m literally giving up my body and face to a company or magazine who could edit me and on Pretty Big Deal, I’m unedited,” she added.  

Compiled by Futhi Masilela

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