Ashley Graham is making the move into television presenting after being tapped to host make-up artist talent show American Beauty Star.
The catwalk queen has previously made appearances on TV shows such as Celebrity Undercover Boss as well as acting as a judge on America’s Next Top Model.
However, this will be Ashley’s first leading gig when the talent-driven reality show returns for its second series, and in an interview with WWD, she exclaimed she “jumped” at the chance to be a part of it.
“TV is definitely a career goal,” the 30-year-old continued. “Growing up, I didn’t see a lot of women my size when I watched my favourite shows and it’s so important that we change that for the next generation and really show them our diverse world.”
Contestants go head-to-head in challenges involving hair and wardrobe styling as well as make-up, while cosmetics guru Sir John, who is currently busy touring with Beyonce, will return to the programme as their mentor. Ashley will also serve as an executive producer in addition to Victoria’s Secret Angel, and season one host, Adriana Lima.
“I only take on projects I feel passionate about and for American Beauty Star, I wanted to be as involved as possible,” the plus-sized model explained, adding that her successful fashion career means she understands the value of make-up artists more than most.
“Having worked in the fashion industry for a while, I know the importance of the people behind the scenes like hairstylists and make-up artists. They are true artists responsible for creating iconic looks and moments, and they play a big role in bringing art to life.”