Ashley Graham, the radiant TV personality and iconic plus-sized model, has been crowned the Sexiest Woman of the Year—a title that aligns with her trailblazing influence in the fashion industry. Known for her vibrant personality and body-positive advocacy, Ashley stands as a beacon of confidence and inspiration, challenging conventional beauty norms.

In a world often fixated on size zero, Ashley Graham boldly emphasizes that beauty encompasses all shapes and sizes. Her infectious confidence challenges societal standards, fostering conversations about body acceptance. “Our bodies are always changing, and they’re always evolving,” she stated.

Beyond her empowering message, Ashley is a mesmerizing presence on the runway. With curves that defy norms and a captivating smile, she effortlessly owns every inch of her flawless figure. From fashion magazines to the coveted cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, she has become a dominant force in the modeling world, breaking barriers and reshaping industry standards.

However, Ashley is not just a model; she’s a force for change. Through her influential voice and massive social media following, exceeding 20 million on Instagram alone, she champions body diversity. Her passionate advocacy for self-acceptance resonates globally, inspiring millions to embrace their bodies irrespective of size or shape.

In her personal life, Ashley shares a heartwarming love story with cinematographer Justin Ervin, whom she met in church in 2009 and married in 2010. The couple, now parents of three, emphasizes the importance of originality in their relationship. Ashley’s dedication to family and her recent recognition as Maxim’s Sexiest Woman of the Year hold special meaning, given her recent experience of giving birth to twins in January 2021.

“The first time I was on the cover of Maxim I did not have three kids, and this time I have three little babies,” she said. “It makes you remember that ‘hotness’ is in so many scenarios, and comes in all shapes and sizes. I’ve always preached that, but after I saw my body change so much after having three kids back-to-back, it’s hard to wrap my head around accepting my body and where I am, and how new and different it looks. So, thanks, Maxim!”

Despite her glamorous public image, Ashley cherishes moments that embrace the authenticity of everyday life. Her down-to-earth approach resonates with women worldwide, reinforcing the idea that true beauty lies in embracing one’s unique style and natural self.

“Most days I’m in fuzzy socks, Crocs, baggy sweatpants, a wireless bra, no makeup on. What does Drake say in that song? ‘Sweatpants, hair tied, chillin’ with no makeup on, that’s when you’re the prettiest, I hope that you don’t take it wrong.’ I took that seriously and that’s how I roll every day. That’s how I run my errands in New Jersey. School drop-offs? I’m that hot soccer mom,” she said.

As Ashley gracefully wears the crown of the Sexiest Woman of the Year, she continues to empower and inspire, proving that beauty knows no bounds.

In a world of conventional beauty standards, how does Ashley’s journey inspire you to redefine your perception of beauty?