The Weird Role Porn Played When Ashley Graham Met Her Future Husband

The plus-size model first encountered her partner Justin Ervin in unusual circumstances.

Ashley Graham with Rita Ora.
Ashley Graham with Rita Ora Image Getty

Ashley Graham has lifted the lid on the rather unusual porn-related circumstances surrounding her first encounter with future husband Justin Ervin.

The 29-year-old first met Ervin, a videographer, at her local church back in 2009, with the pair marrying just a year later.

But the church they first locked eyes in was more than your average House of God.

Speaking to Cosmopolitan Magazine, in quotes carried by Toggle, Graham revealed that, on that particular Sunday, something rather unusual and adult themed was going on.

“The church we used to go to had themes,” she said.

“This Sunday, they had ex-porn starts talking to the congregation about how porn ruined their lives.”

Model and body activist Ashley Graham.
Ashley Graham Model and body activist Image Getty

Graham has previously spoken about how, after meeting and falling in love with Ervin, the pair decided to wait until they were married before having sex.

What many fans may not have realised, however, was that that decision was the result of an abusive relationship with an alcoholic boyfriend.

“I realised I was giving up my power and the power of my sexuality,” she admitted.

Now happily married, Graham is heading into 2017 off the back of a memorable 12 months which culminated in Glamour naming the model Woman of the Year last month.

Mattel also created a one-off Barbie doll bearing Graham’s likeness as part of the celebrations.

Ashley Graham in Barbie doll form.
Ashley Graham In Barbie form. Image Barbie

“I’m thrilled Barbie has not only evolved their product, but also has continued to honour women who are pushing boundaries. It’s an honour to be immortalised in plastic,” she said at the official unveiling of the new doll.

2017 looks set to be another busy year for Graham, who has joined the judging panel for America’s Next Top Model and appears hell-bent on world domination.

To think, it all started with an encounter involving ex-porn stars. 

And they say adult entertainment is bad for the soul…

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