Sports Illustrated model Ashley Graham is no stranger to flaunting her famous curves in racy swimwear but the size 14 beauty believes that all women should be embracing their bodies by sporting a bikini this summer.
The 28-year-old model from Lincoln, Nebraska, is making waves with her first-ever line of sexy swimwear for plus-size retailer swimsuitsforall. After launching her James Bond-inspired campaign including a video shot in the Caribbean for the collection, Graham is urging women of all sizes to pay tribute to their bodies by rocking swimsuits that make them feel confident.
“I think everyone should wear a bikini and be comfortable in their skin,” she said. “We are truly in the curvy girl era that celebrates women owning their natural and curvaceous bodies.”
Graham, who said she favors string bikinis, noted that the Espionage Bikini in Twilight is her favorite piece from her new line because the “purple really pops.”
However, she knows not all women are ready to slip on a teeny tiny bikini to hit the beach – and that’s okay.
“Embrace your curves and do what feels right,” she advised. “The road to accepting your body can be long and it’s very personal.”
Graham’s video campaign for the collection took a page from 007 and sees her strutting her stuff in a sleek black swimsuit before hitting the high seas in a mahogany speedboat.
The model and her filmmaker husband, Justin Ervin, headed to the Caribbean island of Curaçao to film the action-packed video, which sees her diving off of a boat.