Ashley Graham has launched an inclusive wedding dress collection with Pronovias.
The 32-year-old model has teamed up with the Spanish brand for the 16-piece limited collection, which includes traditional dresses and a tuxedo, and said she was inspired to create inclusive wedding dresses due to her own disappointing experience on her big day back in 2010.
She recalled not having the time to have a custom dress made for her nuptials to Justin Ervin, and had to shop off the rack at a boutique in Nebraska, but had to buy a size 10 (U.K. 12) gown for her size 14 (U.K. 16) frame, meaning she had to have a panel sewn in the back 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," Ashley explained to WWD, noting that prices for her Pronovias collection range from $1,000 (£758) up to $3,500 (£2,600).
The pregnant Sports Illustrated model, who is due to give birth any day now, jumped at the chance of teaming up with the famous bridal brand as she wanted to create an empowering collection for women of all ages and sizes, with the pieces also featuring built-in shapewear and bras.
"It's such an important day for every type of woman who is planning her wedding. It's beyond a size or a type of woman - it's really just about her. That's why I'm so excited there are now sizes from 0 to 34," she gushed.
And Ashley is pleased that she was given the opportunity to tell her story, and hopes that other women are inspired to not settle for less when it comes to their wedding dress.
"Everything attached to my brand is inclusive. My mission is inclusivity and diversity always," the activist and presenter stated. "For me, it was just important to tell my story. In telling my story, hopefully that will give other women the courage to tell their story. You are empowered by other women and what they've been through."
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