Ashley Graham is undeniably one of the most influential advocates for body diversity in the fashion industry, whether she's encouraging women to accept their cellulite or making history by becoming the first plus-size model to be featured on the covers of Vogue and Sports Illustrated.
Now, the 29-year-old is celebrating yet another accomplishment by making her first red carpet appearance at the coveted Met Gala, reserved for some of the biggest names in music, film, and fashion. The plus-size model turned heads with a figure-hugging custom H&M corset dress at the event honoring Rei Kawakubo, the founder of Comme des Garçons—the theme for last night's Met Gala. (Just when we thought she couldn't be more flawless.)
For Graham, being able to attend the Met Gala is proof of how far the fashion industry has actually come. "It's incredible. I'm still pinching myself that I'm attending with H&M," she told People. "For me, this symbolizes change and another important moment in the body positivity movement."
It's actually very fitting that Graham chose to collaborate with H&M for her first Met Gala. In March of last year, she became the first plus-size model to walk their Fall 2016 fashion show. She was also the face of their non-plus-size Studio label, making a huge statement about how size and labels shouldn't matter. "I knew the brand would create a dress that was exactly what I wanted to wear," she said.
Apart from feeling like her gown did an amazing job at flaunting her curves, Graham felt that it opened up doors for curvy women who might be shy or hesitant to wear something so fashion-forward. "Fashion has given a lot of 'rules' to curvy women, so we're often told to play it safe," she said. "I love that we played with volume and shapes."
Seriously, this girl never ceases to amaze.