Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
Sports Illustrated's decision to showcase a variety of body types, including the gorgeous Ashley Graham, on its 2016 covers has been rightfully applauded. However, not everyone is feeling the new direction.
Former Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model Cheryl Tiegs criticized the magazine and its decision to feature Graham on the cover. "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]. That's what Dr. Oz said, and I'm sticking to it," she told E! News. "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."
You mean the same Dr. Oz who has long been criticized for giving non-scientific advice, leading a New Yorker article to ask the question, "Is the most trusted doctor in America doing more harm than good?" Yeah, thanks but no thanks for your regressive opinion, Tiegs.
Oh, and in case you were curious, Tiegs is also not a doctor.
Meanwhile, Graham is using her platform to promote body positivity. "This cover is for every woman who felt like she wasn't beautiful enough because of her size," she wrote on Instagram. "You can do and achieve anything you put your mind to."