Ashley Graham appears on the most recent cover of Vogue alongside a plethora of other top models and true to form she looks like an actual goddess. Meanwhile, haters, true to form, gonna hate.
So I guess the argument here is that Graham purposely posed in a manner that makes her look thinner than she is (guys, it’s literally called modeling). Also there’s something fishy going on with the photoshop because there’s no way that Gigi Hadid’s fingers are that long. And on another note, if this “Modern American Woman” cover is meant to showcase diversity, why do all the models have light or medium skin tones?
Of course all the criticisms have merit. Ashley Graham is essentially the only plus-sized model Vogue would ever put on its cover and it’s hard to relate to her because she is otherworldly hot (personality-wise, however, I can fully relate to her and I feel like we would totally get along). Yes, it would be nice to see a dark-skinned model on this so-called diversity cover, and someone definitely botched that photoshop job (it’s not like it’s the first time, either).
Anyway, Graham took to the Vogue comments to defend her pose, which is literally the same pose every other girl is doing, save for her hand being on her thigh. “I chose to pose like that,” she writes. “No one told me to do anything.” Once again, that is literally what modeling is, guys.
As for the diversity criticism… Valid, no doubt. But this is Vogue here, people. What did you expect?