Model Ashley Graham just gave an incredible TED Talk on the importance of loving your body and the discrimination she faces on a daily basis in the fashion industry. Addressing an audience of over 400 people in Valencia, Spain, Graham discussed her struggles as a model and how she came to accept her figure as it is.

She spoke about how the term “plus-sized model” made her feel like an outsider in the fashion world, despite having a successful modeling career. “The fashion industry might label me as plus-sized, but I like to think of it as my-sized,” she said in the talk. “I felt free once I realized I was never going to fit the narrow mold society wanted me to fit in. I was never going to be perfect enough for an industry that defines perfection from the outside in.”

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Graham does not believe that anyone should be labeled “plus size.” Instead, she thinks that women should call ourselves what we want to be called: "Women with shapes that are our own.” She makes a good point, noting the fact that plus size fashion is an $18 billion dollar industry, which is why it is ridiculous to think of these “plus-size” bodies as irregular or deviating from the norm. After all, the average dress size for women in America is a size 14.

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Graham hasn't just inspired us with her Ted Talk. She appeared in Lane Bryant’s much talked-about Cacique Lingerie ads and is also a co-founder of ALDA, a coalition of plus-sized models. Watch her inspiring talk below:

Image by Danielle St. Laurent for BUST Magazine.

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