By Billy Kidd

I love talking with people like model Ashley Graham. She’s super positive, confident and had just gotten out of the gym when she called. I feel motivated already!

Ashley talked about being a model in today’s world, having a positive body image and the premiere of the all new America’s Next Top Model.

America’s Top Model is different this year with all new judges and Ashley said, “We’re looking for a girl whose not just a pretty face anymore.”  She said, “You have to have the Instagram numbers, you have to know how to run a business, you have to have understand what it takes to get to the top.”

Graham, who is described as a plus-size model said she doesn’t particularly like the label or any labels for that matter. She said, “Labels are divisive to women especially when it comes to our size…I hate that in the fashion world.”

I asked how she has such confidence and how I can pass that along to my daughter. Ashley said, “Words have power and if you’re constantly looking in the mirror and calling yourself fat…or comparing yourself to people in magazines, then that’s exactly what you’re gonna get.” She continued, “But if you’re looking in the mirror and saying, ‘I’m beautiful, I’m smart, I’m kind, I’m bold, I’m brilliant’ then that’s exactly what you’ll portray to the world.”

Love that!

Click below to hear the interview.



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