The year is 2087. Ashley Graham and her family are celebrating her 100th birthday. During the video montage of well wishes from loved ones who couldn’t make it, the feed breaks like some sort of bunk-assed Hunger Games shit. Instead of the Mockingjay, the artificial intelligence robot hosting the consciousness of Cheryl Tiegs comes on the screen.
“You’d better not be eating cake, Fatty! Dr. Oz says the only way to be healthy is to do a sugar detox. And is that Diet Coke?? You won’t even need to worry about maintaining a waist that’s smaller than 35″ because that shit will rot you from the inside out!”
Okay, maybe not. But it feels like a day and an age since this whole thing with Cheryl criticizing Sports Illustrated for “glamorizing plus-sized women” and unhealthiness by putting Ashley on their cover started and it’s still going on. Ashley told E! News she took Cheryl’s opinion with a grain of salt but that it highlights changes that still need to be made in the modeling industry.
“Cheryl Tiegs may have said what she said and it may have hurt a lot of peoples feelings,” Graham began to tell E! News, “but my skin is so thick. I kind of rolled my eyes, I was like, ‘Oh whatever, another one of these ladies.’ But what’s great is that—the fact that she said it—it means that other women think like her. And what that means is that we really need to change the industry.”
Ashley also told E! she would never dog Cheryl to her face even though she never received a direct apology.
“I’ve never personally heard from her. She said her comment about me, then never heard a follow up. People are saying she apologized. But I never heard one,” the 28-year-old said, but did mention what she would say to Tiegs if they ever crossed paths.
“You never know, and I will go up to her and say hello, and all the SI girls, I’ve always looked up to them. They are classic, amazing, beautiful women and it’s a shame that we have to bring other people down, but that’s why I’m here. I’ve got to bring other women up.”
Just for fun and because I’d give my left tit to look like that in a bikini, here is a gallery of snaps from Ashley’s Instagram.