Despite being one of the world’s most successful supermodels, that designers should be falling over themselves to dress, Ashley Graham recently admitted that she had to skip last year’s Met Gala because she couldn’t find anyone to dress her.
The curvaceous star doesn’t fit the industry’s standard size zero (she’s a size 18 and prefers the term “body activist” to “plus-sized”), and she told New York Magazine that designers had initially been reluctant to forge a relationship with her.
That’s all changing now as Graham’s profile continues to rise and the mainstream fashion industry is gradually catering for bigger sizes.
But it’s still important that size discrimination within the industry is still spoken about publicly so that attitudes can change even faster.
Here are nine stars who’ve shared the battles they’ve had with the industry, just to wear a beautiful gown on the red carpet…