Former SI Model Cheryl Tiegs Slams New Cover Star Ashley Graham for Her Size: 'I Don't Think It's Healthy'
Tiegs doesn't hold back in the interview, saying that your waist should be smaller than 35 inches
“I don’t think it’s healthy,” the former SI Swimsuit Issue star told E! News.
“Her face is beautiful, beautiful. But I don’t think it’s healthy in the long run.”
Tiegs believes the rise of full-figured models is problematic because of the message it sends.
“I don’t like it that we’re talking about full-figured women because we’re glamorizing them, and your waist should be smaller than 35 [inches]. That’s what Dr. Oz said and I’m sticking to it.”
Graham made history Feb. 13 when she was named the first size-16 model to land the cover of SI, along with UFC fighter Ronda Rousey and two-time SI model Hailey Clauson.
“I thought Sports Illustrated was taking a risk by putting a girl my size in the pages,” Graham told PEOPLE after her cover reveal. “But putting me on the cover? They aren’t just breaking barriers; they are the standard now. This is beyond epic.”
And Twitter mostly reacted in kind, giving Graham and the magazine props for her groundbreaking cover.
Tiegs was a fan of Clauson’s SI spread, and posted one of her photos on Facebook with the caption, “I remember posting a picture of a beautiful swimsuit model on my refrigerator. It gave me the inspiration to have a thin, #healthy, strong body. #HaileyClauson #Motivation”