Model Cheryl Tiegs calls plus-size SI swimsuit cover ‘unhealthy’ – CNN International
“Thank you to everyone who stood up for curves — our voices were heard and together we can help me win Rookie of the Year,” she wrote on Instagram.
Wearing a purple string bikini, Graham poses among the waves on a sandy beach for her cover shot.
Proponents of body diversity applauded SI’s decision to feature her.
Tiegs’ disapproval doesn’t seem to be slowing Graham down. She has a lingerie line with Bare Necessities and an upcoming swimsuit line, and she’s asking fans to vote for her in the SI “Rookie of the Year” race.
Graham told Ellen DeGeneres that in modeling and everyday life, body expectations are unrealistic. She pointed out that most of the “Ellen” show’s audience would qualify for plus-size modeling, in which sizes rage from 8 to 16/18.
“That’s the problem. We’re telling women that they’re plus-size, and for me, I just like to call it ‘curvy-sexy-licious,’ ” she said.
“We have to promote (to) women that to be healthy at every size, as long as they’re getting off the couch and moving their body,” Graham continued.
Tiegs didn’t backtrack in her comment to E! “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,” she said.
A request for comment from Graham’s representative wasn’t immediately returned.