Cheryl Tiegs is trying to backpedal after her comment that plus sized Sports Illustrated model Ashley Graham was ‘not healthy’ lead to a stream of internet backlash. Ashley was left ‘speechless,’ but on Feb. 26 she finally got an apology. See what Cheryl said, here.
Cheryl Tiegs, 68, finally apologized for calling Sports Illustrated beauty Ashley Graham, 28, “not healthy” just because she’s plus sized. Ashley admitted on Feb. 28 that she was left “speechless” by the mean comment, which Cheryl tried to clarify and then apologized for just days before. We have all the details, here.
On Feb. 24, Cheryl made some pretty brutal comments about the lovely Ashley covering Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. “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,” the retired supermodel told E! at the 13th Annual Global Green USA Pre-Oscar Party. “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.” OUCH.
Of course, fans were not pleased to hear something so unkind about someone so inspirational, and they took to Twitter to call Cheryl out. Not only was the comment unnecessary, it wasn’t even accurate. Ashley has a 29.5 inch waist, so even if Cheryl’s statistic was true, she would be wrong about Ashley being unhealthy.
Finally, on Feb. 26, Cheryl attempted to address the issue on Twitter with an explanation, saying “to clarify re bodyweight: Being anorexic/bulimic/overweight all connected to health problems. I want all to be as healthy as they can.” Yeah, that definitely didn’t cut it. After a few hours, she deleted the Tweet and replaced it with an apology. “My sincere apologies to everyone I have hurt. I truly just want everyone to be healthy & happy” she tweeted.
My sincere apologies to everyone I have hurt. I truly just want everyone to be healthy & happy.
— Cheryl Tiegs (@CherylTiegs) February 26, 2016
When asked about the issue on Feb. 28 by Access Hollywood at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, her response was classy and sweet. “I was a little speechless when I heard it,” admitted the brunette. ”But you know Cheryl’s beautiful, and I wish her the best.” Wow. So kind. However, she did make sure to defend all body types as well. “You know It is so interesting because Cheryl has been an inspiration because she was a Sports Illustrated girl for so long, and I think what it is doing is proving that beauty does come in all shapes and all sizes, and I applaud Sports Illustrated”
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