Tiegs told E! that she thinks fashion’s increasing acceptance of full-figured women sends a bad message, a clear reference to plus-size model Ashley Graham’s appearance on one of three 2016 SI Swimsuit Issue covers.
“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,” Tiegs – herself a two-time SI cover model – said Wednesday at the 13th annual Global Green USA Pre-Oscar Party.
Graham is a “Rookie” cover model but no stranger to the magazine.
A size 16, she was also the first plus-size model in an ad in the issue’s history.
Wearing a purple string bikini, Graham poses among the waves on a sandy beach for her cover shot.
Tiegs’ disapproval doesn’t seem to be slowing Graham down.
Graham told Ellen DeGeneres that in modeling and everyday life, body expectations are unrealistic.
“We have to promote women that to be healthy at every size, as long as they’re getting off the couch and moving their body,” Graham continued.
A request for comment from Graham’s representative wasn’t immediately returned.