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Cheryl Tiegs Doesn’t Think Sports Illustrated’s Fuller-Figured Model Ashley Graham Is ‘Healthy’

Oh, boy. Cheryl Tiegs isn’t a fan of Sports Illustrated featuring fuller-figured women. The supermodel criticized curvy models — including cover girl Ashley Graham — during an interview with E! News.

Cheryl Tiegs and Ashley Graham
Cheryl Tiegs and Ashley Graham Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images; Aaron Davidson/FilmMagic

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“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],” said the 68-year-old, who has modeled for Sports Illustrated numerous times. “That’s what Dr. Oz said, and I’m sticking to it. 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.”

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Sports Illustrated surprised readers by featuring pro fighter Ronda Rousey, model Hailey Clauson and Graham on its Swimsuit Issue covers this year, a contrast from last year’s revealing Hannah Davis cover. See the different covers here.

Ashley Graham on the cover of Sports Illustrated
Ashley Graham on the cover of Sports Illustrated

Graham, who has yet to respond to Tiegs’ comments, has been vocal about not liking the term “plus size.”

“I like to call it, like, curvasexalicious,” she told Ellen DeGeneres during an interview on Thursday, February 25. “Sizing has gotten frightening. There’s a double 0 now. It’s a little scary on both spectrums of weight. I’m not a promoter of anorexia. I’m not a promoter of obesity. I think we have to promote women to be healthy at every size as long as they’re getting off the couch and moving their body.”

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