Supermodel and body positivity activist Ashley Graham welcomed actress and fellow Nebraskan Gabrielle Union on her new podcast.
Graham, who used to live in Lincoln, launched the podcast, “Pretty Big Deal,” earlier this month. In each episode, Graham and guests have conversations about culture, beauty and business.
Union, an Omaha native, appeared on the second episode of the hourlong podcast.
The two women chatted over glasses of wine. Union has her own wine, a chardonnay called Vanilla Puddin, which they discussed on the show. (Her husband Dwyane Wade has his own line of wine, too.)
They started by talking about their Nebraska roots. They chatted about Runza. Graham said she didn’t know Union spent her summers in Omaha and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Union said she’s an “insane” Husker football fan.
As for Graham?
“My friends and everybody in Nebraska are going to disown me, but I just don’t care about football like that,” Graham said on the show.
Graham has said the podcast’s name stems from people telling her she was “pretty for a big girl.”
“I thought to myself, ‘I am pretty, and I am big. I’m a pretty big deal,’ ” she told Sports Illustrated.
Later in the show, Union answered a series of prompts all starting with “pretty big.”
Her answer for pretty big place was Omaha. “Go Big Red,” she said. And her pretty big recommendation was Memorial Stadium on a Husker Saturday.
Graham and Union also talked about inclusive clothing, race, raising children and the #MeToo movement.
The first episode featured Kim Kardashian West. A post on the podcast’s Instagram page says listeners also will hear from comedian and actress Amy Schumer, YouTuber Lilly Singh and more.
Graham gained national attention as the first plus-size model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue. She has launched swimwear and lingerie lines. Last year, she released a book, “A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like.”
Union, who also has authored a book, has spent more than 25 years in film and television. She recently starred in and co-produced the movie “Breaking In.”