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After Her Engagement Photos Were Body Shamed, Houston's First Daughter Wants More Visibility For Curvy Brides
“You don’t get to win today.”
That was Ashley Turner’s sentiment when she ran across negative comments about her body and that of her fiancé’s after sharing their engagement photos online. While she could have allowed the faux concern over their health and general nastiness to leave her feeling embarrassed, she chose to take to social media to expose her detractors, and call for more inclusion when it comes to who gets to model, be seen and be celebrated in the bridal space.
The 34-year-old influencer is the first daughter of Houston, the only child of Mayor Sylvester Turner. Since he was elected nearly six years ago, she was thrust into the spotlight and chose to use the platform given to her to not only do great work in the local community, but to also provide representation for curvy women everywhere. She’s done that through her blog, The Curvy Paige, and through social media.
“Representation is everything,” she tells ESSENCE, the child of only the second Black mayor of the city. “I hope that all people, specifically all women, can see themselves in me. But I really hope that that young Black girl can see herself in me. I do it for her.”
With that said, Turner has always been one to advocate for body positivity. When she shared the news of her engagement to beau Jimmie Captain with her thousands of followers and the wider media in January, she was looking to both honor a moment in her life and empower other women. So they did a photo shoot.