News This One Person Kept Ashley Graham from Giving Up on Modeling By Lara Walsh Lara Walsh Lara Walsh is a Chicago-based writer and editor who covers all things fashion, celebrity, pop culture, travel, and food. When she’s not avidly planning her next trip, she’s writing posts for her travel blog or mapping out her next foodie adventure. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on May 10, 2017 @ 09:00AM Pin Share Tweet Email Ashley Graham is crediting one special person in her life for pushing her to keep at modeling. The beauty, who is now a household name after chipping away at the fashion world's body ideal with groundbreaking campaigns, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit features, and empowering speeches about body-shaming, has opened up in the past about being the victim of bullying and rejection because of her figure. Now the star is thanking the positive role model in her life who wouldn't let her throw in the towel on modeling: her mom. During a stop at Barnes and Noble Tribeca in New York City on Tuesday to promote her new memoir What Confidence, Beauty and Power Really Look Like, Graham revealed the experience of feeling disheartened after one too many rejections by the fashion world and harsh criticism in her relationships about her size. "Everything was about exterior, everything was about weight for me," she told ET at the event, where she wore a sheer LBD. Graham recalled how she was ready to give up on modeling at age 19 but her mom intervened. "I said, 'I can't do it anymore, I'm coming home. This is it,' and she said, 'No, no, you're not coming home. Your body is going to change someone's life and New York needs you. The fashion industry needs you,' and I stayed." Ashley Graham on How Fat-Shaming Shaped Her Career: "Words Have Power" The rest, they say, is history. For more body positive musings and to hear how the star has dealt with fat shaming, check out Graham's book, which is available in stores and online for purchase.