Ashley Graham, you don’t need this BS.
She’s still riding the wave of being on the cover of Sports Illustrated‘s 2016 Swimsuit Issue, AND walked for H&M during Paris Fashion Week! So she’ hasn’t had much time to respond to Cheryl Tiegs weirdo criticism.
If you’ve forgotten, Tiegs criticized the magazine for “glamorizing” Graham’s body, which she considers to be unhealthy. Crazy, right? In a word of messages that women should be emaciated, sexualized and impossibly attractive. UGH.
Recently, Ashley talked to E! News about not giving a S*it about Cheryl Tieg’s aging standard of beauty:
“Cheryl Tiegs may have said what she said and it may have hurt a lot of people’s feelings… but my skin is so thick. I kind of rolled my eyes, I was like, ‘Oh whatever, another one of these ladies.”‘
And, she’s over people labeling her body.
“There are too many people thinking they can look at a girl my size and say that we are unhealthy. You can’t, only my doctor can!”
Tiegs later clarified her statement, but the plus-size model does NOT consider this an apology!
“I’ve never personally heard from her. She said her comment about me, then never heard a follow up. People are saying she apologized. But I never heard one.”
But what will happen if she actually meets Cheryl in person?
“You never know, and I will go up to her and say hello, and all the SI girls, I’ve always looked up to them. They are classic, amazing, beautiful women and it’s a shame that we have to bring other people down, but that’s why I’m here. I’ve got to bring other women up.”
EXACTLY! So give that lady a hug and remember- she grew up in a different time. Also- we should ALL kind of remember: Sports Illustrated is a men’s magazine and the swimsuit edition is designed to have men look at women. This is progress, but I don’t think we should be taking the magazine too seriously or putting too much weight in the sexualization of women in such an overt way.
What do YOU think of Graham’s response?