Ashley Graham was the first “plus sized” model to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, the swimsuit issue. With it came a slew of acceptance and protests, simultaneously.
A former model for Sports Illustrated went so far as to call the model out, saying she was unhealthy and shouldn’t be a role model.
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]. I don’t think it’s healthy. Her face is beautiful. Beautiful. But I don’t think it’s healthy in the long run.” – Cheryl Tiegs
Amid all of the controversy, Good Morning America, that morning television show you may have heard about, decided to put Graham to the test. They compared her results with those of a size-two model and found that the results were exactly the same. Just because your body is built differently doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy at the same time. Graham also has a 30-inch waist.
Graham knows that curvy girls need to work out and stay healthy just like everybody else – being “body positive” is about loving yourself and taking care of your body, it isn’t about promoting obesity.
And while women everywhere should do their best to eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise, she wants everyone to know that
A little cellulite never hurt nobody.. Stop judging yourself, embrace the things that society has called ‘ugly’. #lovetheskinyourein#beautybeyondsize”
She routinely encourages her fans to get up and go – being healthy, loving your body for what it is, and staying positive are the most important things. Don’t compare yourself to others, she says. Stay true to who you are.