Body positivity is here to stay. And that’s great news for people like Ashley Graham and Gabi Gregg, better known by her handle @gabifresh, whose influence has helped countless numbers of followers feel more confident in their own skin. Being comfortable with yourself, exactly as you are, is a revolutionary concept, in some ways. And for all of the backlash against the body-positive movement, there are any number of women and men that it’s helped not feel less than.
This weekend, Gregg reached an important milestone. Her blog has been live for 10 years, and she celebrated with a trip to Miami.
A post shared by Gabi (@gabifresh) on Jul 13, 2018 at 3:26pm PDT
In Miami celebrating my 10 year blogiversary with my babes and we just learned how to make my new fave drink, the @smirnoffus Moscow Mule! Just mix Smirnoff’s new Moscow Mule inspired variant with ginger beer and a squeeze of lime! (Ginger and lime is the most delish combo!!!! See more in my stories!) #LimitedEdition #SmirnoffPartner 🍸
A post shared by Gabi (@gabifresh) on Jul 14, 2018 at 2:56pm PDT
Other plus-size bloggers and influencers, including Callie Thorpe, Chastity Garner Valentine, and Nicolette Mason, also got in on the Miami festivities. And the ladies served serious looks in their swimsuits.
Guys, this villa we are staying in is OUTRAGEOUS. I cannot begin to tell you how lucky I feel to be here with everyone celebrating 10 years of @gabifresh just a heads up I’m never leaving k? #decadeoffresh #gabifreshxmiami
A post shared by Callie Thorpe (@calliethorpe) on Jul 15, 2018 at 10:10am PDT
A special thank to @gabifresh for encouraging me to have no behavior 🙈🙃💧🤣 #decadeoffresh #gabifreshxmiami Top: @ashleygraham x @swimsuitsforall #HappySunday #okurrt #Imsupposedtobebehaving #sometimesIforgethowwidemyhipsare
A post shared by Chastity Garner Valentine (@garnerstyle) on Jul 15, 2018 at 9:52am PDT
A post shared by nicolette mason (@nicolettemason) on Jul 13, 2018 at 12:19pm PDT
Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Ashley Graham, meanwhile, doesn’t appear to have been in Miami for the 10-year celebration. But she posted two Instagram photos of herself wearing what she tagged as Swimsuits for All and Gabi Fresh, which could be her way of celebrating Gregg’s milestone. (Graham and Gregg both have their own Swimsuits for All collections.)
A post shared by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@ashleygraham) on Jul 15, 2018 at 5:47am PDT
Graham and Gregg are clearly big fans of each other’s work. In several blog posts over the years, Gregg has praised Graham’s success as a plus-size model. In 2015, Gregg congratulated Graham on her Addition Elle lingerie collection launch. And in 2016, Gregg wrote a longer post about the years she’s known Graham, in honor of their Swimsuits for All launches. “Not only is she gorgeous — she’s such a hard-working, inspiring woman and I am super happy for her success,” Gregg wrote at the time. The two of them are clearly close, and it’s safe to assume Gregg has Graham’s support, even if she’s not there in Miami with them.
The body positive movement will always have haters, but Gregg’s success shows that the positive response is outweighing the critics. Being plus-size and being confident aren’t mutually exclusive, which Graham and Gregg consistently prove.
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