Ashley Graham brushes off Cheryl Tiegs' criticism of her body
UPI News Service, 03/03/2016
Ashley Graham says she "kind of rolled her eyes" when Cheryl Tiegs said her Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover glamorized "full-figured" and "unhealthy" women.
The 28-year-old model, who is known for her work with plus-size clothing store Lane Bryant, responded to Tiegs calling her figure unhealthy in an interview with E! News at Paris Fashion Week.
"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," Graham said. "I kind of rolled my eyes, I was like, 'Oh whatever, another one of these ladies.'"
"What's great is that -- the fact that she said it -- it means that other women think like her," she added. "And what that means is that we really need to change the industry."
Tiegs criticized Sports Illustrated last week after Graham appeared on one of three covers for the 2016 swimsuit issue.
The 68-year-old former model, known for her multiple swimsuit issue covers, claimed putting Graham on the cover promoted unhealthy living.
"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 said. "I don't think it's healthy. [Ashley's] face is beautiful. Beautiful. But I don't think it's healthy in the long run."
Tiegs went on to tweet "being anorexic/bulimic/overweight [are] all connected to health problems," but later replaced the post with an apology.
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Graham responded by saying her doctor is the only person qualified to determine if her weight is healthy.
Graham walked for H&M at Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday and considers the event her "first major show" because it wasn't plus-size-specific.
The model has appeared in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar and partnered with Addition Elle on a lingerie line in 2013.
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