While most people in America are focused on Thanksgiving weekend, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday — model Ashley Graham is getting ready for her biggest gig of the year.
The 30-year-old trailblazer will once again be the backstage host for the Miss Universe pageant that is set to take place on Sunday at The AXIS in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The incomparable Steve Harvey will return as host, and many expect him to be entertaining as usual. Graham was busy this week promoting the competition, and she is acutely aware of the things that she brings to the table and how she can help push a message of inclusion.
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Close to 100 women coming from different countries will be under the same roof to celebrate beauty and female empowerment. For the first plus-size model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, the female body and curves should be embraced despite what society seems to be pushing.
The stunning body activist is confident that one day a lady with a lot of curves will win the global beauty pageant.
In a recent interview with Fox News, she explained: “Yes! I really do think so. I think we are on the way. If you can see a curvy girl on the cover of Sports Illustrated or Vogue, then we can definitely see a curvy girl as Miss Universe.”
And for those who think a beauty contest might be sending a wrong message to young girls, she stated: “I think we have to look beyond the exterior. I know that is one portion of the whole competition. But if you really start to pick apart and manipulate a woman because of how they look, then you are not really getting to the soul and the heart of who they are and how they can really be a voice and a face for the universe.”
Graham says that she finds her job on the show very rewarding and she revealed why by saying: “I think that it is really important that we continue to show a diversity of all sizes, ethnicities, backgrounds, and religion. So for me, I am here to show a diversity of size! Because not yet have we had a curvy girl in Miss Universe or even in the Miss USA pageant.”
The model is a real inspiration for some women.