Cheryl Tiegs Apologizes For Body Shaming Ashley Graham, But Is It Too Late To Say Sorry?
After making insensitive and hurtful comments directed at plus size women, former swimsuit model Cheryl Tiegs apologized for body shaming Ashley Graham and criticizing her history-making Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover. During an interview with E! News last week, Tiegs criticized the "glamorizing" of full-figured women like Graham and even stated that "your waist should be smaller than 35 [inches]." In a tweet posted on Feb. 26, Tiegs finally said sorry for her fat-shaming comments.
"My sincere apologies to everyone I have hurt," Tiegs said. "I truly just want everyone to be healthy and happy." The tweet also replaced a now-deleted statement from her that originally said, "Being anorexic/bulimic/overweight all connected to health problems. I want all to be as healthy as they can."
While it's commendable that Tiegs took responsibility for her actions and apologized, her statement still leaves a lot to be desired. She stressed — twice, in fact — that her hope is for everyone to be healthy, as if someone who has waist size upwards of 35 inches is not by her definition. And just a few days before her E! interview, Tiegs shared a photo of another model whom she described as an "inspiration to have a thin, healthy, strong body."
"I think it's an interesting comment and honestly, I was a little speechless when I heard it, but you know, Cheryl's beautiful and I wish her the best," Graham said. "I don't feel that I need to reach out to her. If Cheryl wants to have a conversation with me, why not? I'm sure we'd both have a lot to say."
Well played, Ashley.