News Ashley Graham Opens Up About Her Own #MeToo Experience By Brandi Fowler Brandi Fowler Instagram Website In addition to her extensive fashion, lifestyle, and beauty coverage for InStyle, Brandi has worked as a writer and editor for E! Online, a fashion and lifestyle writer for Hello! US, an editor/on-camera host for AOL, contributing writer and red carpet correspondent for Variety and Cosmopolitan, and has also served as the Hollywood correspondent for Australia's 9News' TheFIX. Her editorial features can also be found on Vitruvi, MTV News, Madame Noire, Hello Beautiful and more covering fashion, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and entertainment news. Her articles have been syndicated by the likes of Health, Marie Claire, Essence, Shape, Yahoo!, People, and more. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on January 9, 2018 @ 05:30PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Ashley Graham is joining the long list of women saying #MeToo. During an appearance on The View Tuesday, the model revealed that she had an experience with sexual harassment when she was 17 years old and living on her own as a model in New York City. “I was shooting a big campaign, and a photo assistant said, ‘Come here, I wanna talk to you,’” she told the show’s hosts. ”And he lured me into this hallway, pushed me into a closet. He exposed himself, and he said, ‘Look at what you did to me all day long, now touch it.” Graham said she “freaked out” and ran out of the closet, but never reported the incident to the company or her agency for fear that she wouldn’t be hired for any other gigs. “I prayed no one would find out because if they found out that he did that to me, I thought I’m never going to get hired for a job again. I’m going to be labeled the difficult model. Nobody’s going to want to work with me again.” Curve-Friendly Style Lessons to Learn from Ashley Graham Now that the #MeToo movement and Time's Up campaign have surfaced, Graham said she would have reacted differently if women were speaking out then the way that they are now. “That was when I was 17 years old—I’m 30 now, and I know if somebody tried doing that to somebody who was younger on set … there’s so many things I would want to do and say to that person,” she said. “I would have smacked that guy … I would’ve been like he’s a pedophile ... I probably would have just started screaming, I would have called my agency,” the fashionista continued, adding that she believes “the movement is working.” “I really feel like there’s women who are standing up and saying no, me too, and I’m going to watch out for my sisters on set,” she said. Host Whoopi Goldberg echoed those sentiments: “Men and women are watching. They’re going, this is not going to work. We’re not doing this anymore."