The model revealed her husband was a victim of racism when they were on holiday in Italy.
The 31-year-old Ashley Graham and her husband, Justin Ervin, took off on a romantic holiday to the small village of Blevio where they stayed at the stunning Casta Diva hotel. However, during their stay there, a man spat at Justin just because he’s black.
Ashley Graham narrated the ordeal to Allure magazine, saying:
“I see what my husband has to go through every day. We had gone to Italy, and a man spat on him. It’s heartbreaking.
“It can make you really angry. But it’s like, how are you going to change that anger into a teachable moment?”
Ashley Graham, who graces the cover of the magazine, has previously opened up about the battles they have faced being an interracial couple. In 2017, she revealed in her memoir “A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like” that her family initially didn’t accept Justin, a videographer, because of his race making their early days of dating challenging.
“I naively hoped everyone would be colourblind. I brought Justin home to Nebraska. Now, I should probably mention that Justin is black, and that I didn’t grow up around many black people.
“The sum total of what I learned about African American culture in school was Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the Underground Railroad.
“This was more than my mom knew; she didn’t even see a black person in real life until she was 18 years old.”
The couple met at church in 2009 and happily got married in 2010.