Looks like Vogue magazine is under fire after releasing its most recent cover photo.
The publication’s March issue boasts seven of modelling’s biggest stars on a beach. We spy Gigi and Kendall, but we also spot another one of our favourite superstars, Ashley Graham.
The monthly print pub posted a pretty adorable #bts vid from the shoot, giving us a glimpse into some of the fun on set:
On the Los Angeles set of March’s epic fashion shoot, our cover stars took a little time out for dancing on the beach, scarfing down some snacks, and answering the big questions. Watch the full video in the link in our bio. #Vogue125 @liuwenlw @theashleygraham @kendalljenner @gigihadid @imaanhammam @adwoaaboah @vittoceretti
In the cover photo, the all of the badass girls in the group are wearing black turtlenecks and booty shorts. But the internet has been quick to point out a few of the differences. Can you immediately spot them?
For one, Graham is the only one in the photo who is standing with her hand covering her thigh. Some people seem to think that the 29-year-old’s seemingly subtle hand placement has been done on purpose because she’s a plus-sized model.
— ℳ (@minashahsavari) February 9, 2017
And it’s not only the pose that has people in a huff.
If you look closely, it seems that Graham is the only model who isn’t wearing a bold patterned pair of shorts. That could absolutely boil down to styling and sizing availability, but the Internet is having none of it.
@jess_barrett And the only model not allowed to wear any bright colours because black = slimming hun
— Olivia Foster (@Livsdarling) February 8, 2017
Everyone is pretty furious about the cover — except for one person. Graham herself. The model tweeted a thank you to mag for featuring her on the cover.
— Ashley Graham (@theashleygraham) February 9, 2017
And later commented on her own Instagram page letting users know she wasn’t told to pose that way, she did it on her own:
“Sixty-seven percent of the women in America wear a size 14 or larger,” Graham says in the March issue’s cover story. “Sixty-seven percent. Maybe you could ignore those consumers before, but now, thanks to social media, they’re making their voices heard. Women are demanding that brands give them what they want. And what they want is to be visible.”
We respect so much about Graham, including her honesty on this particular shoot. If she did think it was necessary to cover her thigh, we should probably remember that Graham gets criticized for being too big and too small. The world is a fickle place.
Regardless of the message that some people think this cover is sending, we know Graham looks absolutely stunning next to her peers, and we are so thankful to have her as a role model.