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Ashley Graham Told A Story About Another Model Who Criticized Her Sports Illustrated Cover And Naomi Campbell's Face Says It All

"She said I was very large, and that women my size should not be on the cover.”

You know Ashley Graham. She's a model, a new mom, and an outspoken advocate for body positivity.

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Ashley famously made history in 2016, becoming the first plus-size model to ever appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue.

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But apparently, not everyone was supportive of her game-changing moment.

In a recent interview with Naomi Campbell on the model's YouTube series, No Filter With Naomi, the 32-year-old detailed an account of another model who told her she didn't deserve to be on the cover due to her size.

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Skip to the 19:00 mark for the full story.

“There was another model who was so upset that I had gotten the cover," Ashley began. "She said I was very large, and that women my size should not be on the cover.”

"Who said that... She said that in public??" Naomi asked, shocked.

"Uh, you can go look it up," Ashley said, not wanting to name names. "It was before your generation...It starts with a C."

Ashley explained that the incident actually happened the first time she met Naomi and that Naomi defended her. The 49-year-old icon responded, "And I'll defend you again right now, because I don't think that person has a right to say that... It's your time now."

Though she didn't say it outright, Ashley is most likely referring to former model Cheryl Tiegs, who also appeared on the cover of SI throughout the '70s and '80s. In 2016, Cheryl spoke about Ashley's SI cover, saying, "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]."

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"That's what Dr. Oz said, and I'm sticking to it," she explained. "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," she concluded. Cheryl later apologized for her comments via Twitter, after facing backlash.

"It was interesting because it brought a whole perspective to the industry... Of course you're going to get negativity, you're always going to get negativity. It brought up a great conversation of, 'What is health? What is beauty? What is sexy?'" Ashley finished explaining to Naomi.

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Well, I, for one, am glad that Ashley is out there being a great example for women, and is helping to change the modeling industry!


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