Bikinis, Gym Selfies and More! See Ashley Graham's Best Instagrams

02/13/2016 at 11:50 PM ET

Model Ashley Graham made history on Saturday when she was revealed as the the first size 16 model to cover Sports Illustrated‘s annual swimsuit issue. (Her cover was one of three editions, the two other stars being UFC fighter Ronda Rousey and model Hailey Clauson.)

Ashley Graham bikini
Source: Ashley Graham/Instagram



Now that Graham, who was also named Rookie of the Year by the magazine, has hit a major career milestone, it’s time to look back at the supermodel’s best Instagram posts. Keep reading to see them all!

Ashley Graham SI Swimsuit Cover
James Macari/Sports Illustrated

She’s got serious curves β€” and she isn’t afraid to flaunt them in a bikini.

Confidence is my golden rule. Have you seen my new #SwimSexy campaign with @swimsuitsforall in @SI_Swimsuit?

A photo posted by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@theashleygraham) on

This is how we #SwimSexy. @swimsuitsforall @philomenakwao @nicolajgriffin

A video posted by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@theashleygraham) on

1 MILLION FOLLOWERS!!!!! Thank you so much!!! #beautybeyondsize #sexystateofmind πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

A photo posted by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@theashleygraham) on

Jumping into 2016 like.. πŸ‘™πŸ˜πŸ’…πŸΌπŸŽ‰πŸ’„#beautybeyondsize #lovetheskinyourein

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And like most models these days, Graham is also a serious businesswoman, launching her own line of plus-size lingerie with Addition Elle. And, naturally, she loves promoting her line on Instagram.

Graham is also a serious fitness buff, posting gym selfies and workout videos on social media. As she wrote in one post, “healthy comes in all shapes and sizes.”

Friday night boxing with @christopher.kadima πŸ‘ŠπŸ½πŸ’ͺπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½

A photo posted by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@theashleygraham) on

She also shares the cutest throwback photos. Look at how adorable she looked when she dressed up as a cheerleader for Halloween when she was 12!

Hopefully Graham’s historic SI cover means we can expect to see even more of her on social media.

What do you think of Sports Illustrated choice of Graham for the cover? Share your thoughts below.

— Maria Mercedes Lara

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Morgan on

I’m happy that she doesn’t use Photoshop. She has stretch marks and cellulite and isn’t afraid to show it.

Magazines always use Photoshop, doesn’t matter what size you are.

jane on

She has such a beautiful face :)

Jeremy on

I find her far more attractive than most, if not all of todays supermodels. Her face is gorgeous and her figure is just as beautiful.

Jadillow on

She does have a beautiful face, and it’s nice to see womanly curves. I am a bit surprised by the choice, and to be honest, she does look a bit overweight to be a swimsuit model, which I mention because she looks like there is nothing that would prevent her from going from size 16 to size 8 through diet and exercise. I do admire how comfortable and confident she is in her own skin, not trying to photoshop or airbrush away her cellulite or stretch marks. It’s always a welcome relief when a model’s breasts are natural instead of surgically enhanced.

Luca on

I hate to say it but she looks fat. Sorry, but I don’t want to see that in a bikini. A more flattering one piece would have been a better choice for her body.

Meena on

She’s gorgeous.

So Awesome!!! on

What???❀️ So awesome!!! This made my day. I love that she is a fitness buff and not a size 0-2. She is naturally on the thicker side and I’m sure has a healthy diet. Oh and I bet men will go nuts for this. I Love SI for having the courage to do this. I think I will buy the magazine just to show my support. One more thing, I bet her personality is great too and better than most SI models as she doesn’t starve herself and she has endorphins from exercise.

SeanB on

Of course Ashley is gorgeous in every sense and from EVERY angle. So tired of all of the rail thin, ‘I’m about to take my last breath’ usual swimsuit models. I believe she represents a look that any and every young girl can subscribe to without feeling bad about themselves. Not everyone is called to look like Laura Prepon and whomever else people are looking up to as the standard of bikini beauty. Just being obvious and saying, “Oh she has a beautiful face” people are really saying, “her body still isn’t desirable”. I believe that the paradigm is shifting and we will begin to see more full figured models on Sports Illustrated covers, Elle, etc. Now, I believe Ashley is just the first of many to come who will break out and REDEFINE beauty at every size weather 6, 8, 10, 12, etc. America needs to be both open and ready for beauty and sexy to be redefined. For those who feel sexy and beauty ends at a size 4…… get ready to have your mind blown!! And it starts with women like Ashley Graham. And wether folk like it or not, real women have arrived on the main stage….. glad that some twig minded people aren’t the ones sitting on the board of Sports Illustrated and making the cover model decisions. Congrats Ashley!! Blessings to you. Thank you for being an example. #NewDay

Twofer on

I think fat is a bit much. She’s a beautiful girl although a bit larger than what we usually see, even though most of these models in magazines like SI don’t look like that either. It’s nice to see some variety.

Terri on

She doesn’t look over weight to me…….If that’s someone’s idea of fat then they need to look again ….She looks awesome really !

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