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!’
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.