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Cheryl Tiegs was a top model in her day and if you ask her, the recent changes in the modeling industry to introduce more fuller figured models is not as progressive as it seems. Cheryl was referring to the Sports Illustrated cover of plus-size model Ashley Graham when she started criticizing the choice as unhealthy.

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Cheryl has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated herself, and seems to have some extreme views about the industry.

“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 continued:

“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 later took to Twitter to continue the conversation, saying:

“To clarify re bodyweight. Being anorexic/bulimic/overweight all connected to health problems. I want all to be as healthy as they can.”

Ashley Graham however has said that she considers her size “curvy-sexy-licious” as opposed to plus-sized, since most plus-sized models rage from a size 8 to 16/18, which is quite common for the average woman. The 28-year-old is a size 16 herself.

According to Ashley:

“We have to promote (to) women that to be healthy at every size, as long as they’re getting off the couch and moving their body.”

Ashley was the first plus-size model to ever be featured in the magazine at all, and is now in the running for the Sports Illustrated “Rookie of the Year” honor. Ashley also has a lingerie line with Bare Necessities and an upcoming swimsuit line.

What do you think about Cheryl Tieg’s controversial comments?

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