With some 1.5 million Instagram followers and a further 99,000 on Twitter, Ashley Graham is fast becoming one of the world’s most talked about models.
So when images from the plus-size model and TED Talk activist’s latest Maxim photoshoot surfaced online, it damn near broke the internet.
Put together by renowned French fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon, the shots present a veritable cornucopia of Graham in all her glory.
From seductive bedroom poses to back-of-the-limo naughtiness, Bensimon brings out the best in size 16 Graham, who goes topless on a shot artfully balanced out by a pair of hands covering her ample assets. Anyone remember that famous Janet Jackson cover of Rolling Stone from 1993 with her husband Rene Elizondo cupping her boobs? Yep, that.
The images have already proven a hit with Maxim readers, while Graham’s followers on social media approve too if the number of likes, comments and retweets collected already are anything to go by.
That can only be good news for Graham, on a mission to change the way models and female beauty as a whole is viewed in the public lexicon.
Graham is signed to the IMG agency, who specialise in hiring plus-size models like size 18 Tess Holliday, as well as male models such as Zach Mico, the 6ft 6ins model with a 40in waist.
Popular with both men and women for not only her curvy frame but also her campaigning on issues around body image among teens, many are predicting big things for the 28-year-old Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue star.
Described by Maxim as part Cindy Crawford, part Eva Mendes, Graham’s latest shots could well cement her status as the poster girl of 2016.
Sophie Dahl set the trend for plus-size models when she first emerged in 1997. That the fashion industry is catching up again, however belatedly, is something we can all celebrate.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.