Cheryl Tiegs Blasts ‘Sports Illustrated’ for Putting Ashley Graham on Swimsuit Cover
During an interview with E! News on Wednesday (Feb. 24, 2016), the former supermodel criticized curvy models, including swimsuit cover girl Ashley Graham. “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. “That’s what Dr. Oz said, and I’m sticking to it. No, I don’t think it’s healthy. Her face is beautiful. Beautiful. But I don’t think it’s healthy in the long run.”
Tiegs later took to Twitter to amend her comments, writing: “To clarify re bodyweight. Being anorexic/bulimic/overweight all connected to health problems. I want all to be as healthy as they can.” However, she has received a vast amount of backlash.
Graham has not yet responded publicly to Tiegs’ comments, but did tell Ellen DeGeneres she does not like the term plus size. “I like to call it, like, curvasexalicious,” she said during a recent interview. “Sizing has gotten frightening. There’s a double 0 now. It’s a little scary on both spectrums of weight…I think we have to promote women to be healthy at every size as long as they’re getting off the couch and moving their body.”