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[GirlFriends of Culture] Ashley Graham, the First Plus-Size Model to Be Featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Former top model Cheryl Tiegs has thrown cold water all over the enthusiasm about Sports Illustrated’s first plus-size swimsuit issue cover model.

Ashley Graham is a “rookie” cover model but no stranger to the magazine.

A size 16, she was also the first plus-size model in an ad in the issue’s history (and will be in another ad this year). The 28-year-old said she was excited to land the opportunity and advocate for a different body type.

“Thank you to everyone who stood up for curves — our voices were heard and together we can help me win Rookie of the Year,” she wrote on Instagram.

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