Ashley Graham confuses fans by modelling for Rag & Bone - a brand without plus-sizes

The America model recently criticised non-inclusive brands for being 'ridiculous'

Sarah Young
Tuesday 01 May 2018 10:05
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Ashley by Ashley: Ashley Graham teams up with NYC clothing brand Rag & Bone for a DIY campaign

Plus-size model Ashley Graham has confused fans by modelling for Rag & Bone – a clothing brand that doesn’t cater to plus-sized women.

Posting on Instagram, the American model shared a series of images and a video unveiling her latest collaboration with Rag & Bone for a DIY campaign called Ashley by Ashley.

Given that the New York brand traditionally only sell “straight” sizes, fans of the plus-size model, who wears a size 16, were delighted by the news that the iconic company was presumably extending its range.

“Rag and Bone makes plus sized jeans? Take my money,” one person commented.

Another added: “Omg! Where are the plus size Rag and Bone jeans? Please say this is a collab and real life?”

However, upon closer inspection it seems that this may not be the case. As many fans pointed out, Ashley’s collection with the brand doesn’t appear to offer inclusive sizes.

On the Rag & Bone website there are two tops within the Ashley by Ashley collection, both of which are available in sizes XXS to L, which equates to a UK 4 to 14/16.

Meanwhile, the jeans go up to waist size 32, the same as a UK 14.

And, as one fan pointed out, their clothing is notorious for coming up small.

“So many questions. But first of all what size are you wearing? Because we all know Rag & Bone's biggest size is 32 but fits like a 27, so are they going plus size now?” someone asked.

To add to the confusion, Graham recently criticised high-end brands like Rag & Bone for not being more inclusive.

Speaking to British Vogue about the collaboration she said: “The demand is there, especially for denim…there are many curvy women who are willing to spend money on quality, designer clothing, but often times they are not even given the opportunity because the sizes just don't exist.

“I think some high-end brands might think they are devaluing their brand if they extend their sizes — maybe they think they will become less exclusive — which is just ridiculous.”

Using a plus-size model like Graham insinuates that the brand could be making steps to cater to plus-sized women, and despite some confusion it's a move which has now been confirmed.

Speaking to The Independent, a spokesperson for Rag & Bone said: "We can confirm that we will be introducing a selection of our best sellers in extended sizes later this year."

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