Thursday, March 3, 2016

Plus-sized Ashley Graham on the Cover of Sports Illustrated

Size-16 lingerie model, Ashley Graham, who wears a purple string bikini for her biggie moment, shared that she couldn’t stop shaking when she found out her cover girl status.
“I thought Sports Illustrated was taking a risk by putting a girl my size in the pages already, but putting me on the cover? They aren’t just breaking barriers, they are the standard now. This is so beyond epic.”
She continued: “To have somebody who has cellulite, who has things that jiggle, who has back fat and actually talk about them and talk about how you can be an overcome and not let society take you down for all of that – that’s real and that’s what we need in this society,” she said.
“We need women talking about the things that they’re doing and how they’re changing the world and not judging them only on the outside.”
Graham adorned one of Sports Illustrated’s three covers for the annual swimsuit edit. She is only the second plus-sized damsel to appear in the mag’s swimsuit special, but the first to appear on the cover.
And there was praise aplenty but there were also voices of dissent.
One caustic comment came from ex-top model Cheryl Tiegs – she blasted the mag and called Graham’s figure anything but healthy.
“I don’t like that we’re talking about full-figured women because it’s glamorizing them, and your waist should be smaller than 35 [inches],” the 68-year-old told E!

Tiegs herself graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in the 1970s and 1980s, and called the decision to feature Graham a form of promoting an ‘unhealthy’ lifestyle.

Only after she endured immense backlash online, did she apologized via an open letter on the Huffington Post.

Graham is most likely bemused by it all. On her plans to celebrate, the twenty-eight-year old told People: “I’m gonna go eat a burger. I am so hungry. You have no idea. I want a burger and fries.”

I’m giving Sports Illustrated a thumbs-up because it dares to be more inclusive and be more representative of what real beauty really is.

In the aftermath of the shootout defeat to Manchester City at Wembley, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp declared that "only silly idiots stay on the floor and wait for the next defeat" and promised his side would "strike back".

Liverpool did just that with a Wednesday performance that saw the latter's EPL title hopes suffering a major blow. The Reds had gained some revenge for Sunday's League Cup final defeat with a deserved 3-0 win at Anfield.

Adam Lallana's low drive gave Liverpool the lead in the thirty-fourth minute before James Milner poked in a second seven minutes later. And Roberto Firmino fired in a third in the fifty-seventh minute to seal the game for Liverpool.

And in yesterday’s Scottish Premiership match, Celtic was woeful and only managed a goalless draw against Dundee.

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