The women are all styled in black turtlenecks and patterned bikini bottoms with simple, fresh faces while holding each other at the waist - except for Ashley who has her hand on her thigh, which the internet believes was a way of camouflaging her size.
“I still don’t get why they made you cover your leg and you are the only one posing like that,” a fan commented on Instagram. Ashley responded by saying that she chose to pose like that and no one told her to do anything.
Whether the pose was purposeful or not is up for debate, but we are thrilled Ashley made it on the cover, representing curvy women.
Ashley has been a big influence in shaping the way fashion perceives body types since being on the cover of the Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue in 2015 and there's nothing more beautiful than seeing the fashion industry diversifying fashion.
Talking to Vogue, Ashley said ““Sixty-seven percent of the women in America wear a size 14 or larger,” says Graham. “Sixty-seven percent.
"Maybe you could ignore those consumers before, but now, thanks to social media, they’re making their voices heard. Women are demanding that brands give them what they want. And what they want is to be visible.”