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Ashley Graham becomes the first ‘plus-size’ model to front Sports Illustrated

Ashley Graham becomes the first 'plus-size' model to front Sports Illustrated Body positivity turned a corner in 2016, thanks largely to Ashley Graham and a slew of other gorgeous gals determined to prove that #AllBodiesAreBeautiful. But the real win for diversity came in February when Ashley Graham made history by being the first 'plus size' model to score the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and absolutely slayed it. Special 'girl power' model mentions also go to out to size-14 model Iskra Lawrence who won the Internet in February by calling out the social media's ridiculous thigh gap trend. "No thigh gap or thigh gap who cares?" she captioned a side by side photo of herself on Instagram, one with a gap in her thighs and one without, proving not everything is as it seems on social media. And model Mahalia Handley who's been quietly spreading her own body positive vibes throughout the industry and who earlier this year rocked in a hugely high profile campaign for Selfridges. Go gals! [Photo: Getty]

Let's hear it for the girls: The best girl power moments of 2016

"Who runs the world? Girls!" Beyoncé famously hollered. But while it's not strictly true that the world is entirely ruled by women (wouldn't it be nice though?), it's fair to say the female of the species has delivered some pretty awesome empowerment moments in 2016.

From Hillary Clinton’s history-making presidential run to Team GB kicking butt at the Olympics, celebrities throwing light on important women's issues to Taylor Swift sticking it to the haters, 2016 has to been a pretty killer year for girl power.

So what better way welcome in the New Year than celebrating the fiercest female moments of the old one? Here are the ten girl power moments that broke social media and helped make 2016 rock.

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