Ashley Graham has reminded fans that “thick thighs saves lives” on the day of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
The annual lingerie extravaganza has moved to Shanghai, China for the 2017 show, with super slim models like Karlie Kloss, Bella Hadid and Lily Aldridge all showing off their toned bodies as they walked the catwalk in tiny underwear ensembles on Monday (20Nov17).
But plus-size beauty Ashley decided to take a stand against the underwear company’s continued decision to shun curvier models by uploading a snap of herself on Instagram walking down a runway wearing a pair of elaborate angel wings, much like the ones worn by Victoria’s Secret models.
“Got my wings! my #AdditionElle wings! #thickthighssavelives,” she captioned the snap, which was taken during the holiday 2016 show for plus-size clothing company Addition Elle.
Despite her cheeky comment, Ashley has previously revealed she’d jump at the chance to work for the famous lingerie label.
“Oh yeah, I mean when Victoria’s Secret calls me and asks me to be on their runway I am going to say yes,” she once told TMZ, when asked if the brand needed to showcase more plus-size models.
The 30-year-old isn’t the only one hoping to change opinion though; New Jersey-based sisters Alyse and Lexi Scaffidi staged an “anti-Victoria’s Secret” fashion show featuring all non-models to celebrate body positivity earlier this month.
“We actually came up with the idea during last year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, as we were sitting there mesmerized by the spectacular fashion designs,” Alyse told Yahoo Lifestyle. “We wanted to be angels ourselves, but we knew that wouldn’t be possible.
“Recreating the VS Fashion Show was our chance to make 21 girls’ dream of being a runway angel come true, and in the process, we hope to inspire body confidence amongst other women. It’s about breaking away from a stereotypical look of what is beautiful and celebrating who you are as a person.”