In the last few hours I made two posts. One as myself and one Anonymously.
My first post was titled:
Do you think it's appropriate to have a size 16 model cover Sports Illustrated?
The responses I got were angry, defensive, and supportive of Ashley Graham.
"Hell yea she's very sexy"
"Someone's jelly of dem curves lol"
"she's marketable, why not"
"I think it's AMAZING!!! She doesn't even look fat at all. She's an inspiration"
"How is her weight unhealthy?"
Clearly, the response was majorly one sided. Ashley Graham is healthy, sexy, fit, and should definitely have the cover of Sports Illustrated, because why not, right? She's an inspiration of course!
After the responses I made my second post, anonymously.
The post was titled:
Am I slim, average, or overweight?
In the post, I described myself as 5'9 (Ashley Grahams height), 198 pounds (three pounds lighter than Ashley), and attached this picture I googled of Ashley.
Here were the responses.
"Yes, you are overweight."
"That's overweight for your height."
"Definitely overweight, close to obese"
"Edging on obesity..."
"obese. you should see a nutritionist to help you get to a healthy weight."
So why when it's an anonymous girl is she obese, but when it's a girl on Sports Illustrated it's "inspirational" and "average"?
The truth is that people are supportive of Ashley Graham because they are afraid not to be. They want to ride the "everyone is beautiful!" bandwagon and promote unhealthy weight. Some people want the excuse to be on the heavier side of the weight spectrum, while others don't want to be the asshole that calls Ashley Graham fat and gets verbally beaten to death for it.
Being 5'9 and 201 pounds is not healthy, it's overweight, and not only is Ashley Graham covering a Sports magazine having a bad impact on young girls, but men as well, because now they feel they have to lie and tell overweight girls they're beautiful when they really don't find them attractive.
Guys, do you think that is fair? Would you be attracted to a girl that size, in all honesty?
And before you freak out, I don't think a girl with a 15.5 BMI should be on the cover just the same as a girl with a 29.6. That is also f*cking stupid.
The cover of a sports magazine should be covering girls like:
Allison Stokke, a champion pole vaulter and track and field runner
Anastasia Ashley, a professional surfer
and Lauren Sesselmann, a soccer Olympian
Because we should be inspiring our daughters, sisters, friends, mothers, and every other woman in our lives to be healthy, active, and most importantly, goal achieving. These women aren't skinny, they are healthy, they're beautiful, and they are accomplished.
THESE women are inspirational. THESE women are sexy. THESE women have never been on the cover of Sports Illustrated... but Ashley Graham has?