Ashley Graham Reveals Sexual Harassment Incident As Teen Model
Ashley Graham has become a body icon, a fashion icon and Instagram icon, but that isn’t to say that her road to the top has been easy by any means.
Shape-shamers notwithstanding, Graham has had overcome personal trauma as well.
In a recent interview with GLAMOUR, Ashley reveal a never-before-told story about a near sexual assault that took place back when she was a teenage model:
AG: There was an incident on set of a campaign job when I was 17 years old—I haven’t told this story—and there was a photo assistant who was into me. He was like, “Hey, come here,” and he led me into a closet. And I was like, “What?” I thought he was going to show me something. And he pulled me in, and he pulled his penis out. And he was like, “Grab it.” And I was like, “No! That’s disgusting.” I freaked out. And thank God I was closer to the door, and I just bolted out.
GLAMOUR: I’m so sorry. Did you tell anyone at the time?
AG: No. And sure enough, I’ve seen him at jobs since. I even knew a girl he dated. I didn’t tell her because there was a voice in me that said, “Maybe he’s changed.” It was my young mentality. But I told myself, ever since that incident, that I wasn’t going to allow someone at work to manipulate what I wanted to do on set. So any image that you see out there is one that I wanted to take.
On the following page, Ashley speaks on her nipple-baring philosophy…
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GLAMOUR: Speaking of nakedness, you’ve told me before that you wouldn’t ever show nipple or bush, but in this year’s SI Swimsuit Edition, there was nipple. What changed?
AG: You know, my thing is: If it’s vulgar, and it’s, like, me grabbing my breasts and showing nipple, I’m not going to do it. When I said, “I don’t do nip and bush,” I didn’t feel like I had to be specific as to what kind. So you might even see more nipple coming up. But trust me: You will never see my vagina! [Laughs.]
With the way some of these shady azz computer/phone hackers work, never say never…
On the next page, check out what Ashley has to say about swappin’ spit with Joe Jonas even tho she’s a whole wife…
AG: It’s a gut intuition. I ask myself, “Is this right for me, my brand, my career, and my relationship?” Doing the music video with Joe Jonas—and making out with him—was something that I talked to [my husband] Justin about before I went in. And he understood I was playing a role. There are reasons to set boundaries for yourself, but there are also reasons to keep doors open. With that video I wanted to let the world know that love comes in all sizes.
GLAMOUR: What’s it like to kiss another man when you’re married?
AG: It was a bit weird to go home after because I wanted to be like, “Babe, guess what I did today?” And Justin was like, “Do I really want to hear about you making out with another guy?”
GLAMOUR: I’m dying to know: Is Joe Jonas a good kisser?
AG: Yeah. He is. [Laughs.]
Wonder if Joe Jonas songs are still allowed in the Graham household…lol