Book Review: A New Model by Ashley Graham

new model

Reviewed by: Savannah
Genre: Biography
Format: Hardcover
Page count: 224 Pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
In stock: Yes

I haven’t really followed Ashley Graham much I just knew about her, but when I saw that we had her biography in store I knew that I had to read it. The little that I knew about Ashley Graham was just that she’s an extremely positive person. This book was pretty much what I had expected and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I’ll let you read the Goodreads synopsis real quick:

“One of the most outspoken voices gracing the cover of magazines today encourages women to be their most confident selves, recognize their personal beauty, and reach for their highest dreams in this wise, warm, and inspiring memoir

Voluptuous beauty Ashley Graham has been modeling professionally since the age of thirteen. Discovered at a shopping mall in Nebraska, her stunning face and sexy curves have graced the covers of top magazines, including Cosmopolitan and British Vogue, and she was the first size 14 model to appear on the front of the wildly popular Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. The face of brands such as H&M Studio, she is also a judge for the latest season of America’s Next Top Model. And that’s only the beginning for this extraordinary talent.

Ashley is leading a new generation of women breaking ground and demolishing stereotypes, transforming our ideals about body image and what is fashionable and beautiful. A woman who proves that when it comes to beauty, size is just a number, she is the voice for the body positivity movement today and a role model for all women—no matter their individual body type, shape, or weight.

In this collection of insightful, provocative essays illustrated with a dozen photos, Ashley shares her perspective on how ideas around body image are evolving—and how we still have work to do; the fun—and stress—of a career in the fashion world; her life before modeling; and her path to accepting her size without limiting her dreams—defying rigid industry standards and naysayers who told her it couldn’t be done. As she talks about her successes and setbacks, Ashley offers support for every woman coming to terms with who she is, bolster her self-confidence, and motivates her to be her strongest, healthiest, and most beautiful self.”

At times this book read a bit like a self help book because it is so body positive and gives such a realistic take on how everyone has ‘good’ and ‘bad’ days as to how they see themselves.

I also enjoyed how down to earth she comes across in the book. We all know the stereotype of models all being stuck up jerks, but Ashley Graham does not come across this way. She seems to be very genuine and caring. It seems to be very clear that fame and all of her success hasn’t gone to her head. She also seems to realize just how lucky she is and that not many people get the opportunities in life that she has had.

I will say however, if you are looking for a very deep tell all type of biography this book is not the right choice for you. Some of the anecdotes in this story are very ‘surface level’ I found at least, dealing more so with what happened and not too dramatic. Some of them did go a bit deeper. But nothing really shocked me like some biographies out there. All in all, I would recommend this book; it was a really fast light read. I managed to read it all in about a day.

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