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Model Ashley Graham just gave the most inspiring TED talk about body image EVER

“I felt free once I knew I wasn’t going to fit the narrow mould that society wanted me to fit in”

By Samantha Steward

Model Ashley Graham has given a TED talk titled ‘Plus-size? More Like My Size’ about her choice to embrace every inch of her body and it’s so. Damn. Empowering.

Since she was a teenager, Ashley has made waves in the modelling world but only in the “plus-size” category. Here she discusses how the fashion industry’s habit of categorising women needs to end. And she pretty much sums it up flawlessly.

"The fashion industry might persist to label me as plus-sized, but I like to think of it as my-sized."

YAS, GIRL.

She starts off her speech by walking up to a mirror and saying, “You are bold, you are brilliant and you are beautiful.” She then continues to compliment the parts of her body which are synonymous with being “problem areas” and refreshingly embraces every little bit, starting with her love for her thighs which “are just so sexy [they] can't stop rubbing each other."

Ashley then continues to entice fist pumps when she says she felt a sense of freedom when she just accepted herself, “I felt free once I knew I wasn’t going to fit the narrow mould that society wanted me to fit in.”

She adds that the plus size fashion industry starts at a US 8 and goes up to a US size 16 which actually means that most people in the audience were considered ‘plus size’, which adds to the ridiculousness of the term.

This girl is single-handedly revolutionising body image expectations and we seriously love her for it. And we're high-fiving her across the internet for it.