Sometimes even seasoned models need a little help from their friends. Ashley Graham, who's been modeling for over a decade and just landed the cover of Vogue's latest issue, sought the advice of fellow model Bella Hadid at this past New York Fashion Week.
The two were set to walk in the Michael Kors show, and Graham was in need of a pep talk. "Bella [Hadid] was behind me, and she always gives fierceness on the runway," Graham told WWD. "I was like, 'Bella what do I do?'" She explained that she wasn't used to working the model walk where girls are instructed to "walk like a boy"—no hips, no head, just straight. On top of that, she described her pre-show situation—wearing a fur and consequently sweating, all compounded by the fact that she had been there since 6 a.m., four and a half hours before showtime.
"I was like, 'Bella I don't know how to walk like a boy,'" recounted Graham. "And she was like, 'Just be yourself.' And it was a dose of my own medicine." Graham constantly encourages women to be comfortable and confident with who they are. "We can sit here, and we can talk about love your skin, love who you are, but when you get into that situation and you question yourself… and to have another woman who is a supermodel, who is Bella Hadid, be like, 'Girl just do yourself'… I just gave it my all," said Graham. "And I knew Anna Wintour was sitting in the front. I did me."
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