Former Sports Illustrated cover model Cheryl Tiegs has criticized the magazine for promoting the notion that being plus-sized means you are living a healthy lifestyle.
“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]. That’s what Dr. Oz said, and I’m sticking to it,” Tiegs told E! News.
“No, I don’t think it’s healthy,” said the former model, 68.
“Her face is beautiful. Beautiful,” she commented. “But I don’t think it’s healthy in the long run.”
Graham revealed that although she doesn’t mind the label of plus-size, she wants people to know that true beauty isn’t just the stereotypical thin model.
“I’ve got plenty of friends [of all sizes] and different shapes and everything,” she recently told E! News. “And I don’t want any of them to feel like they aren’t ‘real women.'”
“I had agents tell me, ‘You’ll never get on the cover of magazines. You’ll never be an editorial model,'” the brunette beauty remarked to E!
“I had agents wave money in my face and say, ‘If you drop some pounds, you can have a lot more of this!’ And not even that was something that encouraged me to lose weight!” she explained.
Graham explained, “The moment I realized I had to be healthy and happy in who I was, that’s when my career took off.”
“The things that I don’t necessarily like about it is all the negative stigmatisms that go with the word plus size — you’re fat, you’re lazy, you have no drive, no determination, you’re constantly eating,” Graham told Entertainment Tonight of being larger than the average model.
“Honey, I work out. I work out three days a week. I lift. I do barre. I do it all. It’s the stereotypes. That’s what I really don’t like. I am me. Take it or leave it,” she quipped.