Add another first in the career of popular plus-size supermodel Ashely Graham. Kicking off 2016, the most recognizable Plus Size model on the planet is honored as one of the top success stories under the age of 30 by Forbes magazine. The 27-year-old Nebraska native is the first Plus Size model to make the Forbes annual 30 under 30 list. Honored for her innovative contributions to modeling along with designing her own collections of Plus Size influenced material that has taken the world by storm.

This is a deserving honor for the 14-year-long Plus Size model who landed five magazine covers in the last year plus a bikini ad inside the pages of 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. “I’ve had success in breaking the mold in the fashion industry,” she says. She credits “my hot body.”

Checkout Ashely discuss her importance to modeling in her recent sit-down with Forbes for the 30 under 30 campaign below:

Forbes has released footage hosted by Ashely Graham behind-the-scenes of the 30 under 30 photoshoot on the official YouTube channel. Check it out below:

Graham’s career began at the age of 12 under the handling of I&I. After a two-year stint with Wilhelmina, Graham signed with Ford Models in 2004 and inked her most recognized campaign to date with the 2011 Lane Bryant Super Bowl commercial. Last year, Ashely had her busiest year yet of already astonishing her career. Ashley was the face of the first-ever Plus Size Sports Illustrated promotional ad with SwimsuitsForAll (See: Graham Debuts Plus Size Ad In SI). Throughout 2015, Ashely produced her own lingerie line inspired by blockbuster film adaption, 50 Shades of Grey, and was the face of collectable Plus Size campaigns for Addition Elle and Lane Bryant. While announced among the 30 under 30, Graham latest work is another swimsuit collaboration campaign with Forever 21.
The Forbes 30 Under 30 issue is currently on newsstands nationwide.


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