looks more than ready to roar in her new photos for . The plus-size model offers a fierce look as she is clad in an animal-print ensemble for the cover of the latest issue of the magazine.
The 29-year-old Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model can be seen showing off her curvaceous figure in a leopard-print strapped top, which she pairs with lacy shorts. She poses sexily with a matching background for the camera as she pouts her plumped lips, which are glossed over with a bright red shade.
She also brings her inner wild side as she wraps her Junoesque bod in a Dolce & Gabbana fur coat from 1991 fall collection. The “” judge completes the look with a leopard-print hat and heels.
In the interview for the magazine, Ashley reveals that she hates the term “plus-size” because the term divides between the “normal” body and the “other.” She explains, “It’s like, ‘Plus what?’ That’s something I’ve always been told: ‘You’re not good enough because you’re plus-size.’ ” However, she clarifies that she is not trying to ban the word, though she prefers “curvy” or “curve” instead of “plus-size.”
The model discusses the struggle that women of color had to go through in the modeling industry. “I know I’m on this pedestal because of white privilege. To not see black or Latina women as famous in my industry is crazy! I have to talk about it. I want to give those women kudos because they are the ones who paved the way for me,” she says.
Ashley also talks about how she always wants to bring up her fellow curvy girls, including Marquita Pring, Precious Lee and Julie Henderson, whenever she is doing interviews. “I’m getting a seat at the table we’ve never had before, and I’m also pulling up a couple of seats around me,” she says. “I know this isn’t about me. Just one girl is not going to change the world.”
People have been positively affected by Ashley’s works and how she views her body. She opens up that she is often inundated with women coming up to her on the subway. “They see me and go, ‘If I had a girl when I was in high school talk the way you talk about your body, my life would be different.’ ” However, she admits that it makes her think that “people look at my size now and know that’s what makes me famous.” She goes on saying, “That kind of sucks, too, because it’s like, ‘Damn, my size is what makes me famous?’ ”