WORLD’S SEXIEST WOMAN: ASHLEY GRAHAM SNAGS MAXIM’S 2023 ‘HOT 100’ COVER STAR TITLE
“Let’s celebrate everyone’s shapes, sizes, genders, ethnicities, and ages as part of who they are; no need for drama!” says Maxim’s May/June cover star.
Ashley Graham, the curve queen extraordinaire, is a refreshing breeze in the fashion world. With a personality as vibrant as her rainbow swimsuits, she never fails to sparkle on the runway or in front of the lens. She’s not just a model; she’s a revolution—and we’re all in!
The voluptuous vixen’s confidence is infectious and uplifting, showing that beauty comes in every size and shape. In a world where size zero has overstayed its welcome, Ashley reminds us that the real secret to conquering it all is not only embracing your curves but loving yourself just the way you are.
“Let’s see everyone’s shapes, sizes, genders, ethnicities, and ages as part of who they are; no need for labels,” she proclaims. “It should be something easily embraced, and we don’t need to keep having these conversations. Our bodies are always changing and evolving. I’ve been using my own body as a tool to talk about these feelings.”
As stunning as she is inspiring, Ashley is a true goddess of the catwalk. With curves that go on forever and a smile that could outshine a stadium, we can’t help but be captivated by how she owns every inch of her flawless physique.
From her luxurious locks to her perfectly polished toes, she’s a living, breathing masterpiece—and if Botticelli were around today, he’d ditch Venus de Milo and paint her as his showstopper instead.
But Ashley’s more than just a pretty face—she’s also got a wickedly charming personality. Even the most mundane interviews become adventures as she cracks jokes and shares relatable personal stories. To top it off, her voice is powerful yet sweet, melodic, and downright addictive.
“I’m from Lincoln, Nebraska—but technically I’m from Texas-Atlanta-Arkansas-New Hampshire-Nebraska,” she rattles off her hometowns in a single breath. “I moved to Nebraska when I was 12. I left when I was 17 but I still claim it because I love my Nebraska roots. I was actually discovered in a mall in Nebraska when I was 12 years old. Pretty wild!”
Since then, Ashley has become one of the most dominant and influential models on the planet. She’s graced the pages of countless magazines, including Maxim, Vogue, Elle, Glamour, and Harper’s Bazaar. In 2016, she made history as the first curvier model to snag the coveted cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Sure, she’s a top model who’s appeared on magazine covers and starred in an impressive array of ads, but she’s also a majorly influential personality shaking things up and transforming industries.
“I have so many amazing moments in my career that it’s hard to really pinpoint them,” she says about her favorite highlights. “A lot of them started in the early days because of the impact they made. My TED Talk; being on the cover of Sports Illustrated; my book, which is called A New Model; my Barbie made in my likeness; and definitely the multiple amazing covers I’ve had—the Vogues, the Elles, and the Bazaars.”
When asked if modeling was always her dream, she ponders the strange question, considering she was discovered at the tender age of 12 in a Nebraska mall. “At 12 years old, do you really know who you want to be? But I would say, I don
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