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Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley tops up furloughed salaries to 100%

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley tops up furloughed staff’s salaries to 100% as he tries to move on from row over ‘ill-judged’ bid to keep stores open during lockdown

  • Mr Ashley revealed all staff have been paid their full salaries for April and May
  • In a video he gave a ‘special shout out’ to employees at company’s warehouse
  • They continued packing and sending online orders throughout the pandemic
  • Billionaire said he hoped workers safe and healthy during ‘very uncertain times’ 

Controversial businessman Mike Ashley is topping up his furloughed staff’s salary to 100% this month and says business has been better than expected as he prepares to open his shops on June 1.

After criticism for asking employees to come back to work while on furlough, trying to pay discounted prices for stock and initially refusing to close his stores, the Sports Direct boss has revealed all staff have been paid their full salaries for April and May.

In a video message he gave a ‘special shout out’ to employees at the company’s sprawling warehouse who have continued to work on online orders throughout the pandemic.

Controversial businessman Mike Ashley is topping up his furloughed staff’s salary to 100% this month and says business has been better than expected as he prepares to open his shops on June 1. In a video message, he thanked staff for continuing to work despite the lockdown 

And the billionaire said he hoped workers and their families remain safe and healthy during these ‘very uncertain times’.

Ashley, whose stores includes Sports Direct and House of Fraser, acknowledged the ‘sacrifice’ all employees have had to make in accepting initial pay cuts, including the slashing of executive pay to a maximum of £40,000.

But in a more optimistic note he says he hoped that Fraser Group stores could open from 1st June – with appropriate social distancing and safety guidelines in place.

And he praised the group’s online sales teams, particularly warehouse staff at the firm’s sprawling Shirebrook warehouse in Derbyshire, who have continued to work throughout the lockdown.

He wrote: ‘The Frasers Group is nothing without its people, and I thank you all for your continued support and hard work.

‘I want to thank all of those who committed to the revised salary. We find ourselves in exceptionally difficult times, and we know that this sacrifice was not an easy choice to make.’

After criticism for asking employees to come back to work while on furlough, trying to pay discounted prices for stock and initially refusing to close his stores, the Sports Direct boss has revealed all staff have been paid their full salaries for April and May

But he added: ‘Although the retail landscape remains uncertain, we now find ourselves with a little more clarity.

‘The Sunday before last, the Government announced their plans to restart the economy, including their proposal for the phased re-opening of retail stores.

‘Although not guaranteed, it appears we may be able to begin opening our stores from 1 June 2020.

‘If this is the case, we will be prepared for all social distancing and safety guidelines laid out by the Government.’

Ashley, who is worth £1.949 billion according to the 2020 Sunday Times rich list, continues that all staff will receive 100 per cent of their salary for May, as they did for April, including those who have been furloughed.

He wrote: ‘It is, therefore, with much pleasure and relief that I write to you today, to inform all direct Frasers Groups employees that we will not implement any salary reductions for May.

‘Our people will receive their full expected salaries, as they did in April. This applies to both furloughed and non-furloughed employees.

‘We’re very proud to be one of the only retailers to pay everyone 100 per cent of their salaries during this period.’

And in a video to accompany the letter Ashley praises the hard work of his staff, particularly workers at the Shirebrook headquarters in Derbyshire.

He said: ‘Morning everyone, I hope everyone is well and family are well. Just to say thanks for all your efforts during this unpleasant crisis.

Ashley, whose stores includes Sports Direct and House of Fraser, acknowledged the ‘sacrifice’ all employees have had to make in accepting initial pay cuts, including the slashing of executive pay to a maximum of £40,000

‘A special shout out to Shirebrook. I’m telling you they have done an absolutely amazing job.

‘So thanks everyone and I hope to see you soon.’

Ashley was severely criticized at the outbreak of the pandemic in March when he vowed to keep his Sports Direct stores open, claiming selling sports and fitness equipment is essential during the lockdown.

But the billionaire did a U-turn less than 24 hours later after Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove called the decision wrong and Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that ‘sports kit is not essential’.

All store staff were then put on furlough.

However online sales of Sports Direct and other Fraser Group stoes continued.

Ashley came under the spot light again in April when he sent a bombshell letter to suppliers asking for a 20 per cent discount on unpaid invoices for stock.

And his Fraser Group attracted fresh criticism earlier this month when managers asked staff to come back to work while they were on furlough.

Staff were asked to go into closed stores and pack up stock so it could be sold online.

At the time the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme allowed companies to claim 80 per cent of staff wages from the government but it stated that employees cannot be asked to work during this time.

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Ashley Olsen's Dating History: Jared Leto, Lance Armstrong and More

All grown up! Years after making it big as a child star, Ashley Olsen has had her fair share of romantic ups and downs.

The actress-turned-fashion mogul tends to keep her love life on the down low, but has been involved with a number of high-profile men throughout the years. In 2001, Olsen sparked up a serious romance with former Columbia University football star Matt Kaplan, who went on to become a successful film producer and CEO of Ace Entertainment.

Shortly after Olsen and Kaplan’s flame burned out in 2004, the Two of a Kind alum had a series of flings with Scott Sartiano, Jared Leto, Lance Armstrong and Greg Chait. It wasn’t until 2007 that the Influence author landed in another long-term relationship, this time with actor Justin Bartha. The former pair were so serious that an insider told Us Weekly in 2010 that the National Treasure star was considered popping the question.

“He’s in love and is just waiting for the right time,” the source said at the time. Five months later, however, Us confirmed that the couple had called it quits.

More recently, Olsen has been linked to Still House Group artist Louis Eisner. The pair have been quietly dating since 2017 and sparked engagement rumors two years later while on a romantic night out in California — with Olsen noticeably sporting a ring on her left hand.

Despite her rocky romantic life, Ashley has always had her twin sister, Mary-Kate Olsen, by her side. In May 2020, Us confirmed that Mary-Kate signed a petition for divorce from Olivier Sarkozy one month earlier and was seeking an emergency order to end her marriage due to court closings amid the coronavirus pandemic. The duo tied the knot in November 2015.

While their separation may be off to a messy start amid the global health crisis, an insider told Us that Mary-Kate has an “iron-clad prenup” and that “her business interests and fortune are protected.” Shortly after news broke of their split, TMZ reported that Mary-Kate hopes the prenup agreement will be strongly enforced.

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Ashley Olsen seen in NYC as Mary-Kate Olsen divorces Olivier Sarkozy

Ashley Olsen stepped out in New York on Wednesday, the same day news emerged of twin sister Mary-Kate Olsen’s divorce from husband Olivier Sarkozy.

Clad in a light-blue dress shirt, black slacks, white sneakers, and a navy coat, the 33-year-old fashion designer also sported sunglasses, a face mask, and protective gloves by her office.

The Olsens are behind the luxury label The Row. They are said to be worth an estimated $100 million.

Though reports of Mary-Kate‘s split from 50-year-old Sarkozy broke Wednesday, the former “Full House” star signed a summons and a complaint for divorce last month. She also alleged in legal documents the French banker is booting her from their New York residence next week.

“This application is an emergency because my husband expects me to move out of our home on Monday, May 18, 2020 in the middle of New York City being on pause due to COVID-19,” Mary-Kate claimed in the docs.

Sarkozy, the half-brother of Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s former president, is said to be worth $60 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Mary-Kate wed Sarkozy in Manhattan in 2015. The reception included “bowls and bowls filled with cigarettes, and everyone smoked the whole night,” a source said at the time.

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Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson Are "Moving On" After Breaking Up in April

In case you haven’t already heard the news: Ashley Benson and Cara Delevingne recently broke up after almost two years of dating and rumors that they got engaged (they didn’t). The two reportedly split in early April, and Cara and Ashley didn’t call it quits because of anything dramatic. Rather, according to a People source, “Cara and Ashley always had their ups and downs before but it’s over now. Their relationship just ran its course.”

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Cara and Ashley had been pretty low-key about their relationship (Ashley has even said that she thinks privacy is “the best way in any relationship”), so we don’t have too many details about how the break up went down/why they decided to end things. However, a source did just spill to E! about what it’s been like for Cara and Ashley since their split. The source shares that the women are officially “moving on,” and that Ashley has “moved out and is staying with friends.”

The source also adds that Ashley and Cara haven’t had “a lot of contact” since breaking things off, and have been “hanging out with separate group[s] of friends.” Furthermore, they both “feel like it’s over and it’s better if they go their own ways.”

Neither Ashley nor Cara has commented on their breakup yet (they still have some couple’s pics up on Insta), but again, they were pretty private about their relationship, so it’s very possible that they’re not going to!


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Ashley Walters and Noel Clarke slam criticism Sky One dramedy Bulletproof is ‘far-fetched’ – The Sun

NOEL Clarke has hit back at criticism that his Sky One show Bulletprof is "far-fetched", calling on viewers to remember they're "making entertainment".

The show, a dramedy that follows two former beat bobbies Bishop and Pike, played by Clarke and real life pal Ashley Walters, who are promoted to detectives investigating organised crime at the National Crime Agency.

"We're making entertainment," insisted Noel.

"If we made it real, we’d fire one bullet and then you’d watch me do 45 minutes of paperwork."

Speaking to the i paper, Ashley added: "What makes me laugh is that the people who say, ‘Well, that wouldn’t happen’, about TV shows are happy to watch Harry Potter or Lord Of The Rings."

The second series of Bulletproof will see the National Crime Agency detectives going undercover to infiltrate an international crime empire; their work will take them from the streets of London to Amsterdam and Cyprus, where they will have to risk everything including their police badges to succeed.


The pair also opened up on why Bishop and Pike will never turn crooked, admitting that they had "seen too many shows where characters like us – people of colour – break the law".

"It was always important for us that they would never break the law," said Noel.

"We said from the beginning that they're never going to be crooked cops. It was important that we had a show where that just didn't happen."

The second series of Bulletproof airs at 9pm on Friday, March 20 2020 on Sky One and NOW TV.

The whole series is available to watch now online for those who would prefer to binge.

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Ashley Roberts says new BFF Amanda Holden has what it takes to join the Pussycat Dolls after teaching her X-rated moves – The Sun

SHE has the sexy moves, she has the revealing outfits – now Amanda Holden is ready to become a Pussycat Doll.

So reckons band member Ashley Roberts, who has been mentoring new BFF Amanda in the art of sass.


Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Ashley says: “I absolutely think Mandy could step right on.

“She’s been very vocal about being willing and able.

“If we were ever to need someone to step in, she’s available.

“Mandy would bring a lot of fun and sassiness.

“She’s an awesome little senorita.”

Ashley, 38, and Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda, 49, have palled up since last June when Ashley joined Amanda’s Heart FM morning radio show which she presents with Jamie Theakston.

They regularly post Instagram shots of themselves having fun together at work.

Ashley describes Amanda — known for her low-cut dresses on ITV’s BGT — as a “sister” and loyal brunch buddy who is always looking out for her.

When I ask who drinks the most, Ashley replies: “Probably Mandy. She likes the bubbles.”

When they are together they get up to all sorts of frolics — and Amanda’s attempts at imitating one of the Pussycat Dolls’ raunchiest moves, the tepee yoga position, have thrilled their fans on social media.

Last month, with Ashley’s coaching, Amanda perfected the tepee, which involves grounding a shoulder while sticking your backside in the air with both legs wide apart.

Ashley says: “I taught her.

“She was hilarious. She did it, though.

“I’m not sure if she’s got more flexible since meeting me but she surprised me when she did the move.

“I was like, ‘Go on, girl’.”

Practising routines with Amanda is the nearest Ashley is going to get to performing for a while, as the Dolls’ comeback tour has been postponed due to the coronavirus.

The band — Ashley, Nicole Scherzinger, Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta and Carmit Bachar — announced their return with a bang last November with a high-octane performance during the final of The X Factor: Celebrity.

Their scintillating routine featured a medley of their biggest hits — and also sparked 419 COMPLAINTS to regulator Ofcom, with some viewers branding their barely-there outfits and X-rated moves like a strip show.

The Dolls mocked the outrage during their second big comeback appearance, on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway last month.

The Geordie hosts tried to cover up the girls with hand-held censorship signs then their own clothes — leaving them in just boxers and vests.

American Ashley reveals the idea was the brainchild of the Geordie duo, who she knows from co-hosting the show for three years. She says: “The boys came up with that to poke fun and take the p*** a bit.

“We’re all about that, we want to be in on the joke with everybody and have fun with it.

“It was great because it was their opening night.

"We came out and had a good time and the boys got down to their skivvies and had a little laugh with us. It was fun.”

That being said, Ashley says the sheer number of complaints over their X Factor show was “unfortunate”, given the Dolls see themselves as being about female empowerment.

Ashley says: “The brand has always been about owning your fierceness, your sassiness and embracing that and the uniqueness of who you are — especially when sexiness is not an age, not a gender.

“The people who are saying negative things, it’s unfortunate, because all we want is to celebrate all those things.”

On claims the band are being X-rated just to make headlines, Ashley says: “We’ve got a lot of athleticism in our shows.

“We have a history of dance experience and this isn’t with the intention of being raunchy.

“It’s to be strong and confident and embrace who we are right now, who we are in this present day and age.”

It will not be hard for single Ashley to maintain her Dolls level of fitness while the coronavirus crisis keeps the band off stage. She describes herself as a “health freak”.

Ashley says: “My mum was a personal trainer, into Pilates and step aerobics, so I grew up with that mentality.

“For me, physical training is good for my mental health.

“I do it for body and mind.

“When I get a little sweat on I feel my heart pumping, I feel good, so I’m going to continue that in my home.

“I’ll do yoga and some circuit training.

“I will need to maintain that stamina because when we do reunite I’ve got to have my health in a good place so I can create the kind of performances we like to do.”

Her London home is spotless too.

She says: “The good thing about single life is that I’ve got time to myself, my place is sanitised, it feels safe.

“I’m doing what I can to keep myself busy and my mind stimulated.”

Ashley, originally from Phoenix, Arizona, has lived in the UK for the past seven years and is now delighted to call it her home.

Since making her name as a Pussycat Doll playing here she has become a regular face on our TV screens — appearing on Strictly Come Dancing in 2018, The Jump in 2015 and judging on Dancing On Ice in 2013.

She credits her 2012 appearance on I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here! with giving her the platform to become a TV star in the UK.

The jungle stint paved the way for her role on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway between 2013 and 2016.

As well as her breakfast radio gig, Ashley also hosts the podcast Heart Showbiz Hub, which you can listen to on Global Player or subscribe to with any podcast provider.

When growing up in the States, she admits, she never expected to one day settle in the UK.

Ashley says: “I’m from Phoenix, which is very hot. It’s the desert.

“I grew up with rattlesnakes and coyotes in my back garden — a very different setting to what I am in now.

“I thought I would end up by the beach, not in little London town. But I like it, I’m a full-on Londoner now.

“This is home for me.

“I’ve felt so much love over the past seven years that I’ve lived here.

“When I look back with the Dolls, and when we were touring in the early 2000s, I would never have guessed this is where I would end up as home.

“I’ve got a great set of friends, community, my work.

“I love the culture. I wake up every morning and have my tea.

“I feel really embraced here — my heart is here.”

But despite living in the UK, Ashley insists she will not be losing her US twang — on the orders of mum Peggy.

She says: “My mum is always like, ‘Keep your American accent!’

“But at the moment I have this hybrid lingo — I mix up British and American slang — which makes for an odd combination at times.”

Hear Ashley Roberts on Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Amanda Holden, weekdays from 6.30am to 10am.

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Coronavirus: Laura Ashley goes into administration after talks to rescue the chain fail due to killer bug – The Sun

LAURA Ashley has collapsed into administration after talks to rescue the chain failed due to coronavirus, putting 2,700 jobs at risk.

The clothing and furnishing retailer has been struggling with tough high street conditions and recently warned that it needed a £15million loan to survive.

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It had been doing well during the seven weeks to March 13, with trading up 24 per cent on the same period a year earlier.

However, it said the coronavirus has "had an immediate and significant impact on trading, and ongoing developments indicate that this will be a sustained national situation".

It added that its main shareholder MUI Asia Limited won't be able to step in with the money which is needed in time.

Laura Ashley said it hired advisers from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to oversee the administration on Tuesday.

Trouble on the high street recently

LAURA Ashley isn't the only retailer to have struggled recently.

In 2019 and so far in 2020 we've also seen:

  • Debenhams axe 22 of its 50 branches
  • Forever21 close 350 stores with its UK branches also at risk
  • Jamie Oliver's "Jamie's Italian" chain go bust, alongside his Fifteen and Barbecoa restaurants
  • Links of London go into administration putting 350 jobs at risk
  • Marks and Spencer close 35 more stores as it pushes forward with plans to axe 145 shops across the UK
  • Dozens of Monsoon and Accessorize stores close
  • While struggling shoe shop Office has said it "could close shops" as part of restructuring plans
  • Fears Pizza Express could be next to go into administration as it "brings in emergency advisers"
  • Hairdressing chain Supercuts went into administration in October putting 1,200 jobs and 220 salons at risk
  • Maternity and baby retailer Mothercare collapsed into administration in November after 58 years on the high street, putting 2,500 jobs at risk
  • Department store chain Beales went into administration in January 2020 with 23 shops and 1,052 jobs at risk
  • High end fashion brand Ted Baker said it plans to axe 160 jobs in February
  • Mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehose said in March that it'll close all 531 standalone stores in April

It couldn't confirm what will happen to the retailer's employees, its stores and whether the website will continue trading when contacted by The Sun.

But Salman Haqqi, personal finance expert at money.co.uk, urged staff to check what redundancy rights you have as well as dig out any income or mortgage protection policies you hold.

He added: "It’s currently unknown whether or not Laura Ashley will honour gift vouchers and refunds now administrators have been called in.

"It isn’t illegal for them to refuse refunds so if you were hoping to return any goods you may be in for a lengthy battle to get your money back."

The firm, which operates 150 stores in the UK, is the first retail casualty of the coronavirus crisis.

So far, the bug has infected more than 184,000 people around the globe, with 1,543 confirmed cases in the UK.

A couple of weeks ago, Flybe collapsed after panic over the coronavirus dealt the carrier's fragile finances a killer blow.

Today's news is also another blow to the struggling high street, which saw department store chain Beales go into administration in January, putting 23 stores and 1,052 jobs at risk.

In November, Mothercare collapsed into administration after 58 years on the high street, putting 2,500 jobs at risk.

While earlier today, Carphone Warehouse also announced it will close all of its 531 standalone stores, in a move that will lead to 2,900 job losses.

In December 2018, Laura Ashley was forced to close 40 stores across the UK, putting dozens of jobs at risk.

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Wendy Williams Shames Ashley Graham's Behavior at Staples: It's 'Not Hot'

Wendy Williams is one of America’s most prominent talk show hosts. Ashley Graham is one of America’s most prominent models. Both are very outspoken and willing to go against the grain.

Because of this, it’s no surprise Graham was willing to do something controversial: she changed her son’s diaper in a Staples aisle. Williams was not impressed. In her own words, Williams “mommy-shamed” Graham on her show.

Ashley Graham gets super candid

Like so many celebrity controversies these days, it all started on Instagram. According to MSN, Graham posted an incredibly candid picture of herself with her seven-week-old son, Isaac, in Staples. She was changing him with an onlooker visible in the background. In the image’s caption, she bemoaned the lack of changing rooms in Staples and said she changed him in public for that reason.

Graham has a jocular tone about the incident on Instagram, using poo emojis. She said she was glad she carries a changing matt around with her. Celebrities often get personal on Instagram. Graham choosing to share a photo of herself changing her son’s diaper may have been a little bit unexpected for a world-famous model but she obviously felt justified.

The post received a mixed response. Amy Schumer wrote she had been in the same situation herself and other parents could relate to what Graham had done. People reports Jersey Shore star Jenni “JWoww” Farley liked Graham’s post. However, Williams was not a fan of what Graham had done.

Wendy Williams is not having it

Yahoo! Entertainment reports Williams said Graham is “being mommy shamed by me” on the March 5, 2020 episode of The Wendy Williams Show. Williams said she didn’t want other mothers to follow Graham’s example. She felt Graham’s behavior was not befitting the atmosphere of a store.

Although Williams was critical of Graham’s actions, she still likes her as a person. She said “This is not hot. Ashley, I like you. This is not hot.”

Williams said “If you’re taking your 7-week-old baby to Staples, you’re watching the baby more than you’re watching where the Sharpies and rings of paper, and cartridges for your printer are…I just wish she would’ve done something different. This is not cool and I don’t know why we have to know about it on your Instagram.”

How did Ashley Graham react to the backlash?

It’s pretty standard for controversial Instagram posts like this to get removed. Graham, however, seems unphased by the controversy. The image of her changing her son is still on her Instagram. She has not commented on the backlash directed at her behavior.

Instagram is a tricky place. How much sharing is too much sharing? Everyone has different limits. What’s a relatable post to some is “not hot” to others. Williams comments were similarly relatable to some and overly judgemental to others.

Also see: Wendy Williams Says Jussie Smollett Is ‘Done’

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Why Ashley Graham Calls Herself a 'Body Activist'

Ashley Graham is among the most well-known supermodels around. She has made millions of dollars from modeling, brand sponsorships, book sales, and other works.

However, she is also different from her peers in that she is bigger than the usual size-zero models that are seen on most runways. Instead of feeling ashamed about herself and tying her size to her self-worth, Graham embraces every inch of herself. She calls herself a “body activist” and hopes for other women to accept themselves as well.

Ashley Graham has been modeling for almost 20 years

Graham started modeling professionally in 2001 after she got scouted at a modeling convention. She signed with Wilhelmina Models that year before signing with Ford Models in 2003.

Graham’s career included a lot of modeling for catalogs in various magazines. However, because she did not fit the sample sizes for most designers, she had a hard time landing prestigious runway jobs and editorials.

The competition in the modeling world was fierce even for thin models, and things were even tougher for a curvy girl like Graham. At some point, Graham even thought about giving up. Yet, her mom encouraged her to continue pursuing her dreams, and Graham decided to not give in to the pressure to lose weight or drop out.

Graham continued to do more modeling work for various brands in the next several years. She became more well-known in 2016 after she became the first plus size model to appear on Sports Illustrated‘s annual Swimsuit issue.

Afterwards, more doors opened up for Graham. She landed more magazine covers, got the chance to host various TV shows, and even released a book about her life and career.

Ashley Graham calls herself a ‘body activist’ and promotes body positivity

A significant part of Graham’s work is trying to redefine what beauty means in the fashion industry as well as in society as a whole. This is why she has called herself a “body activist.”

Being a body activist includes, for example, advocating for clothes makers to cater more to bigger women, who make up the majority of buyers in the United States. Graham once said: “I’m really trying to make a change in the industry. I’m trying to have more quality clothing for curvy women. A lot of it [isn’t available] in my size.”

Additionally, Graham is a supporter of the Health At Every Size movement, which encourages people to focus on being healthy overall rather than losing weight.

“I believe you can be healthy at any size as long as you’re getting off the couch and moving your body,” Graham told Health. “I have been a size 10 and I have been a size 18. Regardless of the size, I’ve always been active because I know it’s the healthier version for me.”

Furthermore, she is a strong advocate for people everywhere to embrace their flaws. For her part, Graham is serious about not retouching her photos. She shared last year on Today with Hoda and Jenna that she even makes sure to tell photographers to not cover up her dimples or stretch marks.

Ashley Graham rejects the term ‘plus size’

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In her work to promote body positivity, Graham has also famously rejected the term “plus size,” which is often used in the fashion industry to refer to sizes 14 and above.

According to Graham, the term “plus size” is “divisive” to women. She said in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning: “I think that when you use the word ‘plus-size,’ you’re putting all these women into a category: ‘You don’t eat well.’ ‘You don’t work out.’ ‘You could care less about your body.’ ‘You’re insecure.’ ‘You have no confidence.’”

In another interview, Graham shared that she simply wants “to be called a model.”

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Ashley Graham Has First Diaper Blowout in Public With Newborn Son — And Handles It Like a Pro

If you look up “Mom Goals” in the dictionary, there’s a good chance you’ll see Ashley Graham‘s name. It’s only been a month since the model entered the beautiful world of motherhood and already she’s proving she’s got what it takes — and then some. On Friday night, the 32-year-old took to her Instagram page to prove that being a new mom can certainly be unpredictable when her newborn son Isaac experienced a diaper blowout in the middle of a Staples store.

Sh💩t just got real!” she wrote alongside a photo of herself changing her son on the floor of the department store. “First diaper blow up while running errands with no restroom in sight! Thank God I remembered to put the changing mat in the diaper bag!!!”

The new mom quickly received praise and reinforcement in the comments for her relatable move. Reality star Jenni “JWoww” Farley, who has two kids of her own, wrote, “I know that feeling 😂😂 gotta do what u gotta do 👏” while comedian and new mom Amy Schumer added, “That’s a Queen right there.” 

This isn’t the first time Ashley has gotten real about motherhood. Just weeks ago, she shared a photo on the social media platform of herself sipping coffee at a coffee shop while simultaneously breastfeeding her son. Hey, he needs to eat, doesn’t he?

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And it’s not just taking care of her bundle of joy that she’s candid about — but postpartum recovery. The model was praised back in January when she shed light on the messy truth behind what happens to our bodies after birth. “After all these years in fashion I never could’ve guessed that disposable underwear would be my favorite piece of clothing but here we are!” she shared alongside a photo of herself in mesh underwear with her peri bottles in full display. “No one talks about the recovery and healing (yes even the messy parts) new moms go through. I wanted to show you guys that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies!”

Props to Ashley for keeping it real, as always!

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