Since taking over the modeling world in 2016, Ashley Graham has been a champion for self-love and body positivity -- teaching girls everywhere that beauty fits no stereotype.
But Graham just revealed [to Tracee Ellis Ross] in an interview for V Magazine that she wasn't always so confident in her looks.
(NOTE: The interview is accompanied by some super-sultry, super gorgeous nude photos.)
Apparently, AG was once so insecure about her body that she almost quit working in the fashion industry.
"I think I hit bottom around 18," Ashley said. "I was disgusted with myself and told my mom I was coming home. And she told me, 'No, you’re not, because you told me that this was what you wanted and I know you’re supposed to do this. It doesn’t matter what you think about your body, because your body is supposed to change somebody’s life.' To this day that sticks with me because I’m here today and I feel that it’s okay to have cellulite."
"I remember my first signs of cellulite, in middle school," she said. "I remember telling my mom, 'Isn’t it disgusting? It’s so ugly.' She pulled her pants down and said, 'Look, I have it, too.' And I was like, 'Gasp!' She looked at me, then at it, and just rolled her eyes."
"She didn’t tell me that it’s beautiful or ugly," Ashley continued. "She just made it a nonissue. It doesn’t define my worth. If women like you and me continue to preach that, then I feel like younger girls are going to grasp it and they’re going to be like, 'Who cares!'"