Sports Illustrated Model Ashley Graham Responds to Cheryl Tiegs’ ‘Unhealthy’ Comments In The Best Possible Way

Unless you're Ashley's doctor, you can shut up...

Last month model Ashley Graham made history when she became the first ‘fuller-figured’ woman to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.

While many celebrated the fact that a size 14 model had landed the iconic cover, there were a few who managed to find something negative to say, perhaps most disappointingly Cheryl Tiegs.

The 68-year-old ex-Sports Illustrated model commented: ‘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] That is what Dr. Oz said and I am sticking to it.’

Now Ashley – whose waist is a very healthy 29.5 inches, we should add, has responded to Cheryl in a way that could only be breezier if she was using the rolling eyes and painted fingernails emojs.

Speaking to E! News, Ashley said: ‘Cheryl Tiegs may have said what she said and it may have hurt a lot of peoples’ feelings but my skin is so thick.

‘I kind of rolled my eyes. I was like, “Oh whatever, another one of these ladies”.’

FYI – we’re stealing ‘One of these ladies.’

Not only did Ashley not let the comments get to her, she also managed to see a positive side to them.

‘But what’s great is that — the fact that she said it — it means that other women think like her. And what that means is that we really need to change the industry.

‘There are too many people thinking they can look at a girl my size and say that we are unhealthy. You can’t, only my doctor can!’

True that.

Cheryl Tiegs has since taken to Twitter to apologise and clarify her comments, posting: ‘Being anorexic/bulimic/overweight all connected to health problems. I want all to be as healthy as they can. [sic]’

She added: ‘My sincere apologies to everyone I have hurt. I truly just want everyone to be healthy & happy, [sic]’

Controversy aside, it’s refreshing to see that models who are a variety of sizes are making their way through into the mainstream. More please.

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