I naively hoped everyone would be colorblind—which is not what happened,” Graham wrote.
“When my grandparents met Justin, my grandmother was cordial but cold. When it came time for them to leave, my grandparents didn’t even acknowledge him.
, fashion model Ashley Graham opened up about introducing her Black boyfriend (now husband) to her White parents and grandparents.
“…I never told my grandparents that the man I was bringing home was Black.
He told me I took up too much time, so I made other plans and disappeared for a while. I was so over letting someone else control my decisions, emotions, and self-worth. It felt new and scary but ridiculously empowering and liberating. A butterfly was emerging from the cold, dark cocoon I’d been hiding in my whole life. I’d sacrificed everything about me in an effort to try to please another being. I was needy, insecure, and completely out of touch with who I was and what I really wanted.
He told me I was too quiet, so I went out of my way to be outgoing, happy, and bubbly. But for some reason that I can’t explain, that evening a spark had been ignited and I’d finally had enough. I was completely done with feeling miserable, doubting myself, and feeling disrespected.