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By Ashley Graham
February 17, 2021 6:55 AM EST

It’s easy to lose yourself in the fashion industry if you don’t have a sense of who you are. But Paloma Elsesser knows who she is. From the moment I met her, I could tell she’s the type of woman who walks to the beat of her own drum. You don’t know cool until you’ve met Paloma—­outgoing, dynamic and magnetic. She challenges the norm and refuses to conform to what society has set as the typical beauty standard. She reminds her friends, colleagues and fans to constantly be loud and take up space. In doing so, she’s helped so many women feel powerful within their own strong and beautiful bodies. We need more role models like Paloma telling young people that they are beautiful and worthy in the skin they are in. Paloma has arrived, and she is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Graham is a model and an activist

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