Ashley Graham, another first!

Ashley Graham, another first!

… But lest you think the 28-year-old had intentions of slowing things down or cooling things off, her steamy cover for Maxim’s April 2016 issue — the U.S. edition’s first time using a plus-size cover model — has arrived to prove you wrong. – Jamie Feldman [Huffington Post]

IT IS very easy for me to applaud Ashley Graham‘s success, especially her “firsts.”

As a member of the beauty queen club, which was nothing compared to what I had to do as a professional dancer, actress and performer, seeing a woman represent another reality can only help all women get the message.

There isn’t one size fits all descriptions of women.

I’ll leave the comments Cheryl Tiegs made after Graham’s Sports Illustrated cover to Ms. Graham.

From E! Entertainment news, via HuffPost, back in early March.

“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,” Graham said. “And what that means is that we really need to change the industry.”

Graham, who said she hasn’t personally received an apology from Tiegs, went on to explain that only her doctor can determine her health. (And she’s right about that: recent research has proven that weight is not a reliable indicator of a person’s health.) But taking negativity and turning it into yet another campaign for body inclusivity? Now that’s what we’re talking about.

Women’s Running put model Nadia Aboulhosn on their April 2016 cover

These discussions are long overdue.