Sunday 24 September 2017

Ashley Graham defends Vogue cover pose amid Photoshop controversy

Model Ashley Graham attends the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Model Ashley Graham attends the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Ashley Graham has spoken out about against accusations that she was Photoshopped on the cover of Vogue.

Graham appears alongside Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Vittoria Ceretti, Imaan Hammam, Adwoa Aboah and Liu Wen on the cover of the March issue of the magazine.

Each model wore high waisted shorts and a black turtle neck for the shoot as they pose side by side on the beach.

However, critics were quick to point out that Graham is the only model with her hand placed on her thigh, which some believe she was instructed to do in order to appear slimmer.

Others noted how Gigi's arm reached all of the way across both Kendall and Graham's bodies, suggesting the use of Photoshop to slim the models' waists.

Graham (28) responded to the criticism, saying in a comment on Instagram: "I chose to pose like that. No one told me to do anything."

During her interview with the fashion bible, Graham highlighted the importance of diversity in the fashion industry.

"Sixty-seven percent of the women in America wear a size 14 or larger," she said.

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"Sixty-seven percent. Maybe you could ignore those consumers before, but now, thanks to social media, they're making their voices heard. Women are demanding that brands give them what they want. And what they want is to be visible."

"Designers aren't the only ones pushing fashion in an all-embracing direction."

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