Plus-size fashion model Ashley Graham famously turned the tides this year when she recently graced the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue.
Ashley Graham is only one of the plus-size fashion models who are bringing about change in the fashion industry and generally how physical beauty is perceived.
However, former model Cheryl Tiegs, who has done a few Sports Illustrated covers herself in the past, says she doesn’t like the message putting a plus-size fashion model on the cover sends.
When asked about the cover, Tiegs said, “I don’t like that we’re talking about full-figured women, because it’s glamorizing them, because your waist should be smaller than 35 inches.”
She added, “That’s what Dr. Oz said, and I’m sticking to it.”
Ashley Graham is proud of what she has done and how people have rallied behind her.
Truly speechless!!! This cover is for every woman who felt like she wasn't beautiful enough because of her size. You can do and achieve anything you put your mind to. Thank you so much to the entire @si_swimsuit team! I'm so excited to be a part of your family. I love you all!!! #siswim #beautybeyondsize
In fact, after it was announced that she would grace the cover, Graham posted a pic to Instagram thanking everyone for their support.
While Ashley Graham may have drawn criticism from Cheryl Tiegs, it likely didn’t get under her skin.
She said recently, “I had agents tell me, ‘You’ll never get on the cover of magazines. You’ll never be an editorial model. I had agents wave money in my face and say, ‘If you drop some pounds, you can have a lot more of this!’ And not even THAT was something that encouraged me to lose weight!”
She continued, “The moment I realized I had to be healthy and happy in who I was, that’s when my career took off.”
By the way, Ashley Graham has a 30″ waist, according to her IMG page, so there’s that.
What do you think about Cheryl Tiegs’ comments about the fabulous plus-size fashion model Ashley Graham?