Former Sports Illustrated Cover Girl says Size 14 model Ashley Graham is ‘not healthy’
A former Sports Illustrated cover girl has hit out at the publication’s decision to feature model Ashley Graham on the cover and said being size 14 isn’t healthy in the long run.
Cheryl Tiegs criticised the most recent issue of the magazine and said although Size 14 model Graham has a “beautiful face” she was not the right choice for the magazine.
“I don't like that we are talking about full-figured women because it's glamorizing them, and your waist should be smaller than 35 [inches]" she told E! News.
“Her face is beautiful, but I don't think it is healthy in the long run.”
The American model made history this week when she became the first model of her size to grace the Sports Illustrated cover.
In an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show earlier this week, Graham stressed that her shape portrays a healthy lifestyle.
“I am not a promoter of anorexia. I am not a promoter of obesity,' the 28-year-old said.
“I think we have to promote women to be healthy at every size as long as they are getting off of the couch and moving their body.”
“I believe that Sports Illustrated is what is bridging the gap between what I call straight sized models and what they call plus-size models, and it is really showing that women of all shapes and sizes - and hopefully races now - can be on the cover of Sports Illustrated,” she said.