Ashley Graham was the backstage host at the 2017 Miss Universe held in Manila, the Philippines and dazzled everyone.
The event took place on Monday, 30th of January, and was won by Iris Mittenaere, a French 23-year-old dental student from the city of Lille.
Ashley Graham, 28, appeared on the red carpet before the event in a stunning gold gown and impressed the crowds. The dress was made from a beaded Roberto Cavalli ensemble upon a black leotard base. The New Yorker’s legs in full view.
Ashley took to Instagram before the pageant posting an image of herself with the caption: ‘And so it begins… feeling #confidentlybeautiful’
The 28-year-old New Yorker was the backstage host of this year’s Miss Universe
Ashley posing for the cameras on the pre-pageant red carpet
The model shared she felt ‘confidently beautiful’ before hosting the backstage segment of this year’s Miss Universe
The event came only days after there was widespread praise aimed at Ashley. She openly challenged the unwritten rules of a female celebrity’s social media activities by sharing a picture of her cellulite.
The Instagram post shows Ashley’s legs while she is relaxing on the beach, or the ‘lumps, bumps, and cellulite’ on her thighs – as she herself described it.
Ashley recently posted a picture of her ‘lumps, bumps, and cellulite’ on Instagram
She received praise and support for sharing this usually hidden but common aspect of the female appearance
The post has so far been liked more than 354,000 times. Many women struggling with the same issues commented to share their gratitude.
Ashley wrote: ‘I workout. I do my best to eat well. I love the skin I’m in. And I’m not ashamed of a few lumps, bumps or cellulite… and you shouldn’t be either,’ with the hashtags #beautybeyondsize #lovetheskinyourein.
An Instagram user, Marina Luiza Schulz Homrich, shared how Ashley’s promotion of self-acceptance on social media is her ally in defeating an eating disorder:
“You have no idea how much you are helping me on my journey to win anorexia; thank you for all the body positive messages”.
The viewers of the Miss Universe contest also tuned into Twitter and Instagram to praise the decision to make a curvy model one of this year’s host:
“Ashley Graham as one of the hosts makes #MissUniverse more badass. The world is finally seeing the real definition of beauty”, Mary Ruth Baloy tweeted.
The Lincoln, Nebraska-born model traveled in style to Manila, the Filipino capital
Earlier during the Miss Universe event, Ashley Graham showed her support for Miss Canada Sierra Bearchell, who candidly spoke about being the subject of online trolling about her weight and appearance:
“I was recently asked, ‘What happened to you? Why have you gained weight? You are losing points.’ This was a reference to my body of course. While I am first to say I am not as lean as I was when I was 16, 20, or even last year, but I am more confident, capable, wise, humble and passionate than ever before”, Miss Canada wrote.
Miss Universe Shaping Up?
To show her support of Sierra, Ashley shared her hopes that the future will bring about a change in the way in which female beauty is perceived that would be reflected in the appearance of future Miss Universe contestants:
“My hope and my dream is that women of all shapes and all sizes and clearly we have so many different ethnicities that are in Miss Universe right now are able to compete and able to win and not have anybody have to talk about their weight because that is the most ridiculous thing”, Ashley said.