Cheryl Tiegs Backtracks After Criticizing Ashley Graham's "Unhealthy" Sports Illustrated Cover

"I want all to be as healthy as they can."

Cheryl Tiegs
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The internet got in formation when former SI Swimsuit Issue model Cheryl Tiegs criticized the magazine's latest cover for "glamorizing full-figured women," and now, she's defending her controversial statement about Ashley Graham's "unhealthy" body.

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"I don't think it's healthy," Tiegs, 68, said in an interview with E! News (opens in new tab) on Wednesday. "Her face is beautiful, beautiful. But I don't think it's healthy in the long run. I don't like it that we're talking about full-figured women because were glamorizing them, and your waist should be smaller than 35 [inches]. That's what Dr. Oz said, and I'm sticking to it."

After social media users jumped to Graham's defense, Tiegs posted a tweet of her own.

For her part, Graham has stayed silent, except to remind her followers to vote for her for Rookie of the Year—a title she may very well win as it depends on the opinion of the many, not the few. 

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Chelsea Peng
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Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.