She She broke barriers in 2016 when she appeared in a Sports Illustrated swimsuit, making her ‘most curvy model’.
Hunter McGrady hopes to become an inspiration to other women.
The 27-year-old woman broke barriers in 2016 when she grabbed the pages of a Sports Illustrated swimsuit at the age of 18, making her the “curvy model”.
Since then, McGrady has earned acclaim as a body positivity advocate and even partnered with QVC to launch a size-inclusive clothing line called All Worthy, ranging from XXS to 5X. Star recently participated In a chat on instagram The Not Cover Girl with Andrea Pitter, founder of Pantora bride. During the conversation, McGrady considered her success as a model.
“You know my biggest career in 2016 was Sports Illustrated,” McGrady said. “That was my first issue that I was in and of course not the cover, which was huge, like being this plus size woman on the cover and it didn’t say anything about my size, you know my What do you mean? Which? Vishal. But for me, I think that was the reaction I got from women saying, ‘Wow. For the first time in my life, I was able to open a magazine and feel represented. Been, and seen, and I felt proud. Tan. “
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McGrady said many of the messages felt by women representing her for the first time in the fashion industry have inspired her over the years.
“Why was my ‘why’ for so many years,” McGrady said. “Yes, I can take a beautiful photo, okay, so anyone can be. But, you know, women have seen and felt and felt and appreciated and felt, that’s why I That’s what I do. That’s why I created my fashion line. That’s why I’m doing what I’m doing because so many of us are there who are in that place. I’m still in that place. I am helping though. [to] Change it, you know? So, I think it is important and I think anyone is watching, ‘why’ … write it down and think about it every day. “
Despite her success as a model, McGrady said she is grateful to work behind the scenes as a designer where she can advocate for women of various sizes. She She recalled her experience shopping for a wedding dress before her 2019 marriage with husband Brian Keys.
“In this industry, I was into plus-size modeling,” McGrady explained. “Now I do a little bit of designing as well … There’s a similar hole in this industry. When I was getting married, I saw that it was really prevalent. I’m a big girl – right now my size is 20. When I got married, I was small in size. 18. And I was not enjoying it personally. I did not enjoy shopping for dress. [made] Because I couldn’t walk anywhere and just find something beautiful. “
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“… and that’s one of the things I personally hated, and I still hate shopping in general,” McGrady continued. “Because I live right outside of New York City. I just don’t have the luxury to go and shop at Fifth Avenue or Soho. It’s just not available to me. I can probably go to Nordstrom and go upstairs. Rooms. At the very back of the escalator is a section that says plus size and five things. It’s not a really pleasant experience for me. “
Nevertheless, McGrady hopes that the fashion industry will soon realize that there is a great need to represent all bodies.
“For me, I always say that I dream of a world where I and my girlfriends of all sizes can shop and enjoy together,” she admitted. “Imagine looking at me, ‘Girl, where did you get that top?” And you say wherever you got it from and I can go to the site and it also comes in my size. What difference will it make? “
Back in 2020, McGrady spoke to Granthshala News about appearing in Sports Illustrated for the fourth time.
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“Oh my god it’s amazing,” he said. “Every year I am very humble to be involved in such a huge publication. And every year they push themselves forward. MJ Day, Editor, understands the need for diversity in the media. She It was in fact the one who decided years ago to include Ashley Graham on the cover and discontinue the movement. “
He said, “It was an amazing move that really opened up the eyes of a lot of people. We need to look at different bodies.” “We need to see people of different races, different heights, different sizes, different varieties. I can say that this year will be more diverse than ever and I’m really proud of it. . “
McGrady also revealed that on last year’s issue, she was feeling her “absolute best”.
McGrady said, “I just went out in case of any insecurity.” Every year I make a small excuse for that insecurity because let’s face it, we are all human. I love myself, but that does not mean that I have no insecurities. But this year I feel like I really let myself go out the door and realize that I can be the best. And I had fun with it. I have already seen some pictures and they are amazing. I really feel really great about this issue. “