September 19, 2016 @ 3:00 PM
It's hard to imagine someone calling Christie Brinkley and Ashley Graham anything less than absolutely stunning. But as it turns out both models faced a lot of scrutiny for their famous curves early on in their careers.
In this exclusive clip (above), the duo, who star in NYDJ's "Fit to Be" campaign, sit down with host Amanda de Cadenet for a candid chat about body image and finding their footing in the fashion industry. "There are a lot of barriers that society places on us and it's up to us to just keep talking and speaking out," Brinkley says. "I was actually considered too curvy. ... I went into the modeling agency and they said, 'Yes, we want you,' but the first thing I thought was, 'How do I lose weight to look like everybody else?' I was athletic and strong and by no means fat, but because I wasn't skinny like the other girls, I remember standing there looking that thin and thinking I was fat," she recalls.
Graham, who has broken boundaries as a body image activist and InStyle's own "Great Style Has No Size" columnist, looked to her family for confidence when she was going on casting calls. "I didn't have anybody in the media to look up to, so it was always my mom," she says. "It was a constant in my house that she was saying affirmations to herself. And it's the kind of mother I want to be. I never want to look in the mirror in front of my daughter or my son and say 'I'm fat' or say 'I need to go on a diet.' Supermodels have rolls!"
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And it's that positivity that still inspires Graham today. "We're always told that we're not good enough," she says. "But the thing that I never changed was that I stayed true to myself." To see the entire clip, click on the above video. For more from Graham, check out her "Great Style Has No Size" column in InStyle's October issue, available on newsstands and for digital download now.
My husband today said, they make bra's to butts 'cuz we need one. [LAUGH] They do, they do, they do make one's. That's in a pair of jeans. Yes, yes, right. When you this fit, can you see what's happening right here? I totally, yes. Exactly. [LAUGH] Yeah I mean there's a lot of barriers tha society places on us and it's up to us to just keep talking and speaking out. If you can't see it you can't be it. Well [INAUDIBLE] didn't have anybody In the media to look up to. It was my mom. It was a constant in my house that she was saying affirmations to herself. And I think for any mother, this is the kind of mother I wanna be. I never wanna look in the mirror in front of my daughter or my son and say, I'm fat. Or say, I need to go on a diet. That's the F word. Well, this actually is fat, and that's OK. And I don't mind grabbing onto it and saying, you're really cute. Cute today. I don't care that it's hanging over my gorgeous, fabulous jeans right now. Right, right. Supermodels have rolls. [LAUGH] Today they do, but when you were working, they did not, right? They did, but the thing is, you get shamed from every spectrum. I know, I was actually considered too curvy. Yes. When I started, it was funny because I'm very curious. And I thought, he said I'd like you to go into the model agency. And I thought, well let's see what that's like. I went into the modeling agency, and they said yes, yes. We want you. Then, somebody in there So I merely got a job the next day and I thought, how do I lose weight overnight? That was the first thing that I thought. It was, OK, now how do I lose weight to look like everybody else? You know. Yeah. How to fit in. And I was at [UNKNOWN] strong. Which you always has been. And I was by no means fat, but I felt. I look back at those pictures now and because I wasn't skinny like the other girls. I think I remember standing there looking that thin thinking I was fat. Yeah, it's just a small fear, isn't it? Out perception of ourselves is rarely accurate. Well, because that's what we're always told. We're too fat. We're not good enough. Who told that? I've had money waved in my face and said, you can get a lot more of this if you just dropped 20 pounds. Wow. The thing that I never changed was I stayed true to myself. Right, so that means that you must have solid self-esteem, to be able to do that. Mom. It's the mom. I'm telling you, it all starts at home. That's it. No pressure, moms. [LAUGH]