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.
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