Queen-Sized Model in Banned Lane Bryant Ad: ABC Can’t Handle the Truth

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Her name is Ashley Graham; she is a size 16, and proud of it.

Brooklyn model Ashley Graham, 22, said she was shocked to learn ABC couldn’t handle the beautiful bust she flaunted in a Lane Bryant ad the network said was too hot for TV.

“I was very surprised,” the size-16 stunner told The Post yesterday.

“The first thing I thought of was Victoria’s Secret commercials, and how they’re just as racy, if not more racy, than Lane Bryant.

“[The models are] just a lot smaller than what I am,” said the Nebraska native, a 38D.

“[ABC] can’t handle bigger on TV, bigger boobs on a normal-sized woman on TV.”

Um, ABC and all the other networks can’t handle big women, period. I mean, let’s talk about the entire entertainment industry, shall we? Fox isn’t mentioned for its threat to use the scissors on the ad in this article as well, mainly because The New York Post, like Fox, is owned by right-winger Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Most of Murdoch’s tabs around the world are known for their exploitative marketing of jiggling, heavy-breasted, but thinner females between what he calls news for the masses.

The ad went viral after Lane complained on its website to customers and consumers, and theatened to take it down off You Tube. The furor, however, has put the big girls’ shop front and center. Lane finally reached a deal with Fox to show the ad next Wednesday during American Idol.

But “their statements are not true,” said ABC Vice President Julie Hoover. “We were willing to accommodate them, but they chose to seek publicity.”

The label acknowledged that ABC offered it a slot in the final 10 minutes of “Dancing” — but only with heavy editing that would have gutted the spot.

“We’ve never witnessed this level of content censorship,” said Holly Baird, a rep for the clothier.

More about Graham:

“Let’s face it, America is getting bigger, and women want to see themselves instead of the image of what society says they should be,” she said.

The 5-foot-9 Graham said she has never felt uncomfortable with her shape. She was a size 12 by age 12.

“I was always beyond confident because my mom and dad never put me down for my size,” Graham said. “I come from a big-boned family.”

She sounds just like me. I was a 34C by the time I was 12. At movie theatre matinees, I was constantly asked for ID because I didn’t look like I was a kid that was supposed to be admitted on a child’s ticket. That kind of thing.

The ad was tastefully done in my opinion. One got the message without a flashy over-abundance of–well–abundance. It was sexy without being porno or exploitative. (And frankly, on Dancing with the Stars, if they were so concerned about skin and cleavage, cover up Niecy Nash and Miss Baywatch, then.) There are ways to do this kind of ad with any woman, be she a big, normal-sized or smaller, junior-sized woman. And this was done right. Yeah, America. That’s what big girls can wear under their clothes, and they ain’t playing.

Look at Queen Latifah. Look at Mo’Nique. These girls are big. They’ve lost weight, they are still lovely women. They represent. Marilyn Monroe, in case you’ve ever wondered, was a size 14. She wouldn’t last a minute in this day and age.

This is all tied up with self-acceptance and self-respect among girls and women. Work with what you have, and work it.

Let see some more ads with more realism. Not every woman is a size 0. That’s always been a lie. Let them roll.

And Ashley, enjoy your fifteen minutes!

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~ by blksista on April 23, 2010.

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