Ashley Graham may be mere days away from giving birth to her first child, but she has marriage on her mind.
The pregnant model, 32, announced a partnership with bridal brand Pronovias on Tuesday, revealing a slate of plus-size wedding dresses of her own design.
“[Your wedding day is] beyond a size or a type of woman — it’s really just about her,” Graham told WWD about the collaboration. “That’s why I’m so excited there are now sizes from 0 to 34.”
Graham helped design a collection of 16 styles, including a gown with lace sleeves, an off-the-shoulder silhouette and a tuxedo — which was reportedly “a must” for the model — with prices ranging from $1,000 to $3,500. She also said that she built shapewear into the dresses so that curvy brides don’t need to worry about doubling up.
Though she’s been married to husband Justin Ervin for nine years, Graham reflected on her own bridal shopping struggles while envisioning the collection.
She told WWD that she planned her wedding in just two months, revealing that she ended up buying a size 10 off-the-rack dress from a small boutique in Nebraska because they did not have an option for her size 14-16 physique. She said she had to add a panel sewn into the back of the bustier to make it fit.
“I really didn’t get the option of what I truly wanted because I didn’t have the time or the luxury because of my size. And to be completely honest — because of my budget,” Graham said.
The activist is not only disrupting the wedding industry, but also the swimsuit market; she’s had a steady gig designing bathing suits for a wide range of sizes with Swimsuits for All, and recently posed for a sexy campaign for the brand, showing off her baby bump.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, the model covered the January issue of Vogue — also while expecting.