Ashley Graham Reveals Mental Health Struggles From Being Sexually Molested at Age 10 [VIDEO]
Aside from her past mental health struggles, model Ashley Graham reveals in her memoir that she was sexually harassed by a family friend when she was only 10 years old. She also talked about her verbally abusive father and the hardships she went through while still starting her career.
Ashley has already accomplished a lot in her modeling career. She is the first curvy model to pose and be featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. She had even judged America's Next Top Model and posed for the cover of Vogue.
However, reaching this stage in her life is not easy. In her memoir titled A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Like, the 29-year-old model shared her hardships and candidly disclosed that she was harassed at a young age.
She was 10 and the guy, a son of the friends of Ashley's parents, was 18. She recalls they were drying at a laundry room after swimming at the pool when the guy forced Ashley to touch his private part.
She quickly fled from the room in a frightened state. However, the experience left a mark on Ashley with a bunch of lingering questions, as per PEOPLE.com.
Meanwhile, Ashley Graham has brought a remarkable change in the modeling world. Conventionally, models are known to be slim and tall but Ashley successfully proved that curvy girls like her can be models too.
But when she was still starting out, agents usually told her to tighten up. What is more, though, is that the pain of hearing such comments from the agents is nothing compared to hearing her own father remorselessly telling her to indeed lose weight.
Those moments started the mental health struggles experienced by Ashley. She leaned on cocaine and ecstasy for escape from the hurt and pain caused by body image issues which almost cost her to lose the profession she loved.
Now, Ashley Graham has moved past her body image issues and embraced who she is. She also continues to be an advocate to everyone, especially those who are also suffering from mental health struggles, to love and accept who they are.