Ashley Graham is forging a new path in fashion and has been on countless magazine covers and is now gracing the January cover of British Vogue for the first time.
But British Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman said certain high-fashion brands were not prepared to lend the magazine clothes for Graham to wear in the cover shoot.
"The shoot was put together fairly last-minute and we are all very grateful to the people at Coach who, under the creative direction of Stuart Vevers, moved speedily to provide clothes for us that had to come from outside their sample range," Schulman wrote in her monthly Editor's Letter.
"They were enthusiastic about dressing a woman who is not a standard model, but sadly there were other houses that flatly refused to lend us their clothes," she added. "It seems strange to me that while the rest of the world is desperate for fashion to embrace broader definitions of physical beauty, some of our most famous fashion brands appear to be travelling in the opposite – and, in my opinion, unwise – direction."
Graham though is confident about her body “flaws and all”.
“I think the moment that I stopped comparing myself to other women is the moment that I actually became really successful and happy with all of myself — flaws and all honey,” Graham told British Vogue, in video posted on the mag’s YouTube channel.