Don’t listen to Cheryl Tiegs, Ashley Graham. You look sexy. As. Hell.
While I’m not a fan of Sports Illustrated really at all, I do applaud that they released three different covers for its annual Swimsuit Issue, featuring Ronda Rousey, Ashley Graham and Hailey Clauson- all different body types and different looks and all beautiful. BUT- I guess Cheryl Tiegs, who is clinging to the old regime, isn’t having it.
Tiegs has been featured on Sports Illustrated‘s covers multiple times, and is a pretty heavy hitter in the modeling world. She opened up to E! News Wednesday at the 13th Annual Global Green USA Pre-Oscar Party and said she felt the magazine was promoting an unhealthy lifestyle by featuring her. You know, because the modeling industry is SUPER healthy, and a size ten is a death sentence. She said, according to E!:
“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]. That’s what Dr. Oz said, and I’m sticking to it,” she explained. “No, I don’t think it’s healthy. Her face is beautiful. Beautiful. But I don’t think it’s healthy in the long run.”
Graham, who has said in the past that she hates to be called “plus-size,” was one of Sports Illustrated‘s “rookies” this year and was thrilled to be part of it. On her cover she wears a skimpy purple and yellow-string bikini while posing in the ocean. “I’ve got plenty of friends [of all sizes] and different shapes and everything,” she recently told E! News. “And I don’t want any of them to feel like they aren’t ‘real women.'”
OH, Dr. OZ AN UNACCREDITED DOCTOR SAID IT? Yeah, you’re probably right. Thankfully, Graham has heard it all before and shrugs off idiocy from a model who’s probably been around individuals with skewed/unhealthy body images most of her life. Cheryl, you need a crash course in health AND feminism.
What do YOU think of Ashley Graham’s SI cover?