She’s the poster girl for loving her shape, but Ashley Graham has opened up about her real-life Cinderella moment when she was forced to skip the 2016 Met Gala for the most outrageous reason.
Speaking to The Cut, the curvy model - who has her A New Model book coming out next month - confessed she was “on hold” and awaiting an invitation to attend fashion’s night of nights - but ended up staying home.
“I couldn’t get a designer to dress me,” Ashley revealed. “You can’t just show up in jeans and a T-shirt.”
While Ashley insists the problem was her not having the “right designer relationships”, insiders say one factor would have been fashion houses balking at creating something outside of a sample size for the model.
Ashley ended up having the last laugh though – rocking the Met Gala red carpet this year in a gorgeous gown from H&M.
This isn’t the first time the American model has been discriminated against because of her size.
After making her debut on the January cover of British Vogue, Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Shulman wrote about the difficulties the magazine had in sourcing items for Ashley.
"[Coach] 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," Alexandra revealed at the time.
Ashley has since revealed she had no idea about the troubles until she read the editor's letter - but it's something she faces every day, and couldn't care less about.
“The thing is, people are like, ‘Oh, we don’t want to offend her,’" Ashley told The Cut. "I’m the one living this life! I know people don’t want to dress me!”