Ashley Graham Talks About Her Mother and Body Confidence in “V” Magazine
Hitting rock-bottom at age 18, Graham felt disgusted with herself, but explains how her mother helped her gain confidence that she has now, including an important lesson from her mom about cellulite. "I remember telling my mom, 'Isn't it disgusting? It's so ugly.' She pulled her pants down and said, 'Look, I have it too.' And I was like, 'Gasp!'" Graham said in the interview. "She looked at me, then at it, and just rolled her eyes. She didn't tell me that it's beautiful or ugly. She just made it a nonissue. It doesn't define my worth."
Graham's major tip on self-confidence is to simply remind yourself of your best qualities. She says, "Words have power. If you say, 'I'm fat,' that's how you're going to feel. If you say, 'I'm stupid,' that's how you're going to start your day. I wake up sometimes, and I feel like the fattest person alive, but I'm not going to let that affect the rest of my day. Say to yourself, 'I like this day. I am bold, I am beautiful, and I am brilliant.' For me, that hits the interior, the exterior, and it makes me feel smart."