Ashley Graham Tells TED: I'm Bold, Beautiful & Brilliant Even With Back Fat

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Ashley Graham Tells TED: I’m Bold, Beautiful & Brilliant Even With Back Fat

IMG model Ashley Graham gave one of the most inspiring talks ever before a sold-out audience of 450 people in Valencia, Spain during an April 2015 TEDxBerkleeValencia event. Watch it here.

Dominating the stage with confidence and enthusiasm for her commitment to being a body-image activist for all women, Graham who is a 27-year-old Nebraska native said:

‘My body, like my confidence, has been picked apart, manipulated, and controlled by others who didn’t necessarily understand it. I had to learn to reclaim my body as my own, and in reclaiming my body as my own, I understood as a woman that I had a greater purpose to redefine feminine beauty.’

Victoria's Secret Pulls 'Perfect Body' Campaign Days Before Annual Fashion Show Flies To London

Victoria’s Secret Pulls ‘Perfect Body’ Campaign Days Before Annual Fashion Show Flies To London

Anne Signed the Petition

Having moved in the last two weeks, I didn’t have time to post the social media dust-up around the Victoria’s Secret ‘perfect body’ campaign.

There was only time to post the campaign on Facebook and sign the petition — joining 26,000 other women and men who found the new ‘perfect body’ campaign subconsciously preying on women’s well-established insecurities about their bodies to be just that — a psychologically predatory ad campaign. 

Thanks to three young Brits who launched the petition, Victoria’s Secret has pulled their ‘perfect body’ campaign and replaced it with a more inclusive one.

According to the campaigners, the advert failed “to celebrate the amazing diversity of women’s bodies by choosing to call only one body type ‘perfect’.” They asked for the ad’s message to be changed, and for an apology from the company. As of Friday afternoon, the petition had attracted more than 29,000 signatures. US underwear company Dear Kate responded in turn, posting their own version of The Perfect Body, showcasing a variety of body types.