Curves do not make a woman "real." Neither does having breasts, a vagina, long hair, or choosing to wear makeup and dress "femme." The only thing that makes a woman a "real" woman is if she chooses to identify as a woman, simple as that.
Ashley Graham has always been open about rejecting certain terms when it comes to her weight and curves. Most famously, she outright denies the term "plus-size," insisting that the term unfairly compartmentalizes women based on size. Most recently, however, the model slammed the term "real woman" when referring to her body in a scathing Instagram post.
"We are all real women," Graham wrote in an Instagram story.
"I can't stand it when I read comments that say 'finally, a real woman,'" she wrote. "No matter your size, shape, amount of cellulite — were are in this together."
Graham has been open about her dislike for the term before.
The star revealed she hated the term "real woman," and preferred to just use the term "woman."
"I say that because there are so many women out there who are naturally thin, or are naturally curvy," she told Elle in 2016. "And I think when we start putting a label on the type of woman it gets misconstrued and starts to offend people."
It's all part of her mission to lift other women up, not bring them down because they don't have a certain body type.
“Be your own woman," she revealed to Glamour. "Be your own kind of role model. And remember that the women around you are women you can lift up. You can change their lives.”
In short, Graham made a really good point.
Body shape does not dictate womanhood, and you can be a woman whether you're curvy, slim, athletic, plus-size, or anything in between or outside of those parameters.
Let's bring each other up instead of trying to create imaginary "rules" for what makes someone a woman and what doesn't.