Model Ashely Graham Tells CBS SUNDAY MORNING She Doesn't Like 'Plus-Sized' Label
Ashley Graham, known throughout the world as a model who has gotten the industry to look at women's bodies differently, says she doesn't like the term "plus-sized" to describe full-figured women, she tells CBS THIS MORNING co-host Gayle King in an interview for CBS SUNDAY MORNING to be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 3 (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.Graham, a businesswoman, model and author, was told early on she didn't fit into a modeling world known for stick-thin women. She tells King that agents told her she would never be on the cover of a magazine, that she was "too fat." Graham was lumped into the catch-all "plus-size" category for models who didn't fit the usual mold. "I think the word 'plus-sized' is so divisive to women. I think that when you use the word 'plus-size,' you're putting all these women into a category. 'You don't eat well. You don't work out. You couldn't care less about your body. You're insecure. You have no confidence.' And that is none of this," she tells King, pointing proudly at her own body. Graham opens up to King about her childhood in Nebraska, being bullied by schoolmates because of her body, how her mother taught her to love her body, and her marriage to cinematographer Justin Ervin. The 30-year-old model, who has her own BARBIE Doll and lingerie collection, believes she has struck a chord with women around the world, and cites being featured on one of the covers for the 2016 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT edition as a significant mile-marker. "Sports Illustrated decided to have curvy women not only in their magazine but on the cover of their magazine," Graham tells King. "Now that means size diversity is here, and it's real, and it's not a trend." Still, despite her success in a field some said she'd never survive, Graham has an interesting response when she's asked by others how they too can become models. "And I say to them, 'Who - why would you want to become a model? Why would you want to be picked apart all the time? Why don't you go be the editor?'" Graham says. "Why not just strive to be, like, Anna Wintour? Or why not be a designer and tell models what to do all day?" CBS SUNDAY MORNING is broadcast Sundays (9:00-10:30 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network. Rand Morrison is the executive producer. Follow CBS SUNDAY MORNING on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and CBSNews.com. Listen to CBS SUNDAY MORNING podcasts at Radio.com.