Becoming the first full-figured model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, Ashley Graham didn’t hide her pride with the world.
“This cover is for every woman who felt like she wasn’t beautiful enough because of her size. You can do and achieve anything you put your mind to,” she shared on her Instagram, along with an image of the summery cover. “Thank you so much to the entire @si_swimsuit team! I’m so excited to be a part of your family.”
Yet, it didn’t take long for naysayers to criticize models of her size from appearing on covers like this one.
For example, former Sports Illustrated model Cheryl Tiegs, told E!
News, “I don’t like that we’re talking about full-figured women because it’s glamorizing them and your waist should be smaller than 35 [inches]. That’s what Dr. Oz said, and I’m sticking to it.”
But, like Kelly Clarkson, who perfectly brushed off body shamers during an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Graham also stuck up for her body on the show.
Not only did she bash the term “plus-size,” she coined her own word to describe full-figured women: “curvasexalicious.” And wait til you hear what she says is considered plus-size by industry standards.
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