Ashley Graham wants all ethnicities and body types to be represented on the runway.
The plus-size model and self-love advocate, who will appear as a judge on the revamped “America’s Next Top Model,” told E! News she’s still on the lookout for a curvy beauty to take home the top prize on the modeling competition series.
“Unfortunately, it didn’t happen this round,” she said on casting a plus-size girl on season 23 of the hit show. “Hopefully for season two — I’m looking for the woman who wins to be plus size. I think it would be so epic.”
Whitney Cunningham became the first and only plus-size model to win the competition back in cycle 8.
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The brunette bombshell pointed out, though, the lineup of stunners on the upcoming season feature a slew of women who are unique in their own right.
“You do not see enough women of color on the runways just like you don’t see enough women my size on the runways,” Graham explained, “so this is very important to have it be a diverse group.”
The 28-year-old model earlier this year became the first-ever size-16 model to be featured on the cover of “Sports Illustrated’s” swimsuit edition. The accomplishment came 20 years after “America’s Next Top Model” creator Tyra Banks became the first African-American woman to grace the cover.
“Tyra reached out to me at the beginning of the year when my ‘SI’ cover came out [to congratulate me.] It was amazing,” she told People, noting the connection helped nab her spot on the “ANTM’s” judging panel.
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She continued: “I think what’s so great is that Tyra has realized that times have changed in the modeling industry. It’s really about being a boss, a brand and a businesswoman — hence why it’s a whole new crew, a whole new cast and whole new vibe.”
Banks, who hosted and judged each of the show’s 22 seasons, is being replaced by British pop star Rita Ora, though she’ll still serve as an executive producer.
“America’s Next Top Model” is slated to premiere on VH1 on Monday at 10 p.m.
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