“You can’t just show up in jeans and a T-shirt”
Ashley Graham is a supermodel who looks incredible every hour of the day. But because she doesn’t wear the fashion industry’s standard model’s size zero, she says she has encountered resistance from the fashion industry. In an interview with New York magazine, Graham said that she had to miss the 2016 Met Gala—because she couldn’t get a designer to dress her.
Apparently she had been “on hold” to attend the fancy red carpet event (which means she probably was going to get invited, but was waiting to find out for sure). But she didn’t, or couldn’t, attend in the end because she couldn’t get a designer to work with her in time. “I couldn’t get a designer to dress me,” she said. “You can’t just show up in jeans and a T-shirt.”
Graham tells New York that it wasn’t about her size; instead, she said she hadn’t made the right connections with designers at the time and there wasn’t enough time to get a custom piece made. (She also thinks her husband made a big faux pas and hugged Wintour at an event this one time, which maybe possibly cost her a spot on the “definitely invited” list.) But still, a model who wore a smaller size probably wouldn’t have such a tough time — or have needed custom gown — because designers often have sample sizes of size 0 or 2 available for short notice.
Things seem to be different for Graham these days. She says that now, she borrows clothing from designers for every event she attends, even though those designers know they will be altered to fit her body. And at this year’s Met Gala, Graham was on the red carpet in a stunning H&M couture gown. “Rihanna said I looked ‘hot as fuck,'” Graham said. “I had no idea what to say to her. I was just like, ‘You slay every Met, Rihanna!'” Rihanna, of course, is always right.