Tyra Banks is “beyond proud” her friend Ashley Graham made Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2017 list.
The curvaceous model made the cut after she was picked by the prestigious publication on Thursday (20Apr17), joining other famous names including designer Raf Simons and RuPaul under the Icons section of the list.
To celebrate her achievement, supermodel Tyra wrote a small piece congratulating her pal.
Beginning by telling Time readers that “every inch” of Ashley’s face tells a story of beauty, the star – who like the plus-size beauty has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue – continued to praise the America’s Next Top Model judge.
“Every word she speaks shouts to all who lack faith in their reflections,” Tyra gushed.
“Every Graham of her body embraces anyone who ever doubted themselves. Ashley’s firsts will last in our minds forever, permanently imprinted in our skulls that all of our beauty matters.
“Yes, Ashley. You did that. And I am beyond proud, in admiration and in awe of your power and influence over so many people’s self-worth.”
Tyra concludes her tribute by requesting everyone “bow down” to the “beauty industry’s new queen”.
Ashley, 29, shared the achievement on her Instagram page on Thursday with a candid snap of herself wearing minimal make-up and with her brown tresses pulled into a messy up ‘do. She also made sure to include the link to Tyra’s piece in her page’s bio section.
Since signing her first modeling contract in 2001, Ashley has posed for countless magazines and broken several fashion boundaries. As well as becoming the first model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue who doesn’t conform to the industry’s ‘normal’ size, she also became the first plus-size star to front British and American Vogue earlier this year (17).
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