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Some designers 'flatly refused' to dress Ashley Graham for 'British Vogue'

ETOnline logo ETOnline 7/12/2016 Elisa Osegueda
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Ashley Graham continues to make waves in the fashion world despite all obstacles.

Last week it was revealed that the 28-year-old model landed the coveted cover of British Vogue's January issue, making her the first plus-size model to ever do so.

But, despite the great feat, it seems Graham's shoot came with a few bumps in the road. Alexandra Shulman, British Vogue's Editor-in-Chief, revealed on Monday that some designers "flatly refused" to dress Graham for the shoot.

"The shoot was put together fairly last-minute and we are all very grateful to the people at Coach who, under the creative direction of Stuart Vevers, moved speedily to provide clothes for us that had to come from outside their sample range," Schulman wrote in her monthly Editor's Letter. 

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"They were enthusiastic about dressing a woman who is not a standard model, but sadly there were other houses that flatly refused to lend us their clothes," she added. "It seems strange to me that while the rest of the world is desperate for fashion to embrace broader definitions of physical beauty, some of our most famous fashion brands appear to be travelling in the opposite – and, in my opinion, unwise – direction."

Graham, who uses her platform to talk about the importance of positive body image and self-confidence, opened up to the magazine about the label that seems to have become synonymous with her frame: plus size.

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"When we're supposed to be talking about diversity for women, it feels so divisive and purpose-defeating, giving us yet another label," she says of the term that is widely used to describe people who are a size 12 or over.

"For 10 years I'd been told I was always going to be a catalogue girl, never a cover girl," she says. "Well, I got with IMG and did five covers in a year, boom, boom, boom."

"Do I sometimes wish I were thinner? God, in the old days, absolutely I did, but now I feel that to lose weight would be disloyal to myself," she continues. "A lot of who I am is connected to my size, and I am so happy with who I am."

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Graham echoed similar sentiments when she spoke to ET in May. "I'm a woman, I am a model and I'm happy exactly where I am," she said.

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