Cheryl Tiegs: Don't Glamorize Full-Figured Models

She's not happy with the 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Issue
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2016 11:25 PM CST
Updated Feb 26, 2016 2:03 AM CST

"I don't like that we're talking about full-figured women because it's glamorizing them." That's what aging model Cheryl Tiegs says about Ashley Graham appearing on the cover of the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. "Your waist should be smaller than 35 [inches]," Tiegs, a Swimsuit Issue alum, told E! during a pre-Oscar party on Wednesday. "That's what Dr. Oz said, and I'm sticking to it. No, I don't think it's healthy." But her comments weren't all bad: "Her face is beautiful. Beautiful. But I don't think it's healthy in the long run." E! points out that Graham's waist measures in at 30 inches, so "Dr. Oz would approve."

Graham first appeared in the Swimsuit Issue in 2015. At that time, she told Vogue, "I believe you can be healthy at every size, and if you take care of yourself, it doesn't matter how big you are, from a 2 to 22, you can be active and love the skin you're in." More recently, she told E!, "The moment I realized I had to be healthy and happy in who I was, that's when my career took off." As for Tiegs, she addressed the incident on Twitter Thursday: "To clarify re bodyweight. Being anorexic/bulimic/overweight all connected to health problems. I want all to be as healthy as they can." (Click to see more pictures of Graham.)

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