Saturday 19 August 2017

This is why fans of Ashley Graham aren't impressed with the model's Maxim magazine cover

Ashley Graham. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
Ashley Graham. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
Ashley Graham for Maxim. Photo: Maxim / Instagram.
Ashley Graham features in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Picture: Ashley Graham/Instagram via Sports Illustrated

Sasha Brady

Some fans of Ashley Graham aren't impressed with the plus-size model's latest magazine cover.

The plus-size fashion star has been making waves in the style industry for the past 12 months, most notably landing the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine's iconic Swimsuit Issue.

Now Ashley can celebrate another milestone in her career as she's the covergirl for the April edition of Maxim magazine.

Photographed topless and clutching a white shirt, the 28-year-old told the magazine: "My life, lately, is naked."

Ashley took to Instagram to share the news with fans but some people weren't happy.

While some appeared overjoyed that mainstream media is being inclusive of women sizes 14 and above - in a way that hasn't been fashionable before - others claimed that the image was too photoshopped, making Ashley look like every other model.

"Too much photoshop," wrote one commenter. "@theashleygraham you're an ambassador for curvy girls and self esteem building. Than you get photoshopped to look like eva mendes. Just be true to what u believe in and what you're trying to encourage."

"Gorgeous but I hate how they photoshopped the sh*t out of you for this cover was not necessary we want you for you!" wrote another.

Another user compared the Maxim photographs to a recent campaign Ashley fronted for underwear label Addition Elle, claiming that model is unrecognisable in the latest images.

"Compared to the pics she posted from her #additionelle line, these look crazy photoshopped and that makes me sad," reads the comment.

The model has never been afraid to talk about her size, but in a recent chat with elle.com she did admit to hating the term "real women".

"I like to use the word woman," she said. "And I say that because there are so many women out there who are naturally thin, or are naturally curvy, and I think when we start putting a label on the type of woman it gets misconstrued and starts to offend people.

Model/designer Ashley Graham walks down the runway during the Addition Elle/Ashley Graham Lingerie Collection fashion show during the Spring 2016 Style 360 on September 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images)
Model/designer Ashley Graham walks down the runway during the Addition Elle/Ashley Graham Lingerie Collection fashion show during the Spring 2016 Style 360 on September 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images)

"At the end of the day we just all want to be known as women or models or actresses or whatever."

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