When 28-year-old brunette bombshell Ashley Graham made history in February as the first plus-size model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, not everyone was thrilled: A handful of critics, including former Sports Illustrated model Cheryl Tiegs, condemned the choice to put a full-figured woman on the highly coveted cover – lest it “glamorize” being overweight.
Their criticism didn’t slow Graham’s skyrocketing career. This week, she became the first plus-size model to be featured on the cover of Maxim, posed with only a white button-down shirt draped against her body. Tagline: “Natural beauty turned brand builder.”
Again, there was an immediate backlash – but this time, much of the criticism came from Graham’s fans and followers. They’re complaining she looked too perfect, a little too airbrushed – and not enough like her real, size-16 self.