Cookie banner

This site uses cookies. Select "Block all non-essential cookies" to only allow cookies necessary to display content and enable core site features. Select "Accept all cookies" to also personalize your experience on the site with ads and partner content tailored to your interests, and to allow us to measure the effectiveness of our service.

To learn more, review our Cookie Policy, Privacy Notice and Terms of Use.

clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Ashley Graham: ‘I Never Got Criticism Until I Moved to New York’

The model discusses the fashion industry, her first major fashion purchase, and advice from Tyra.

Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

Sure, Ashley Graham is a household name now, but she's been in the modeling industry since she was 12 years old. Back then, she says, she had no idea what the concept of "perfection" or "plus-size" was; more than a decade later, the fashion industry is still trying to figure it out. We spoke to Graham on the designers who are pioneering the way (Christian Siriano, Prabal Gurung), her first major fashion purchase (a Givenchy tote), and the best advice she's ever received (Spoiler: it came from Tyra).

For the latest in Racked video, subscribe to our Facebook page.