Ashley Graham has a PSA to share: Thick thighs save lives.

That's right folks. Our 2016 SI Swimsuit cover model and known body-image advocate is not only proud of her own figure, but believes that showcasing it for the world to see helps others to embrace their own personal beauty, too. 

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In a recent interview with People Magazine, Ashley sat down to talk about everything from her worst wardrobe malfunctions to her obsession with cutout bras. The Nebraska native also shared the inspiration behind popular hashtags like #BeautyBeyondSize and #ThickThighsSaveLives. 

"[#ThickThighsSaveLives is] exactly that,” Ashley said. “My thighs are thick, they are luscious, and I got made fun of for them my whole life. And now I’m being praised for my thick thighs and they have saved my life many times, and I want to women to know that their thick thighs are saving their own lives.” 

BONUS: See some of Ashley's best moments from SI Swimsuit 2016!