The SI: Swimsuit Issue former cover girl vs. non-skinny current cover girl cage match continues. Even though Ashley Graham recently let Cheryl Tiegs know that she truly doesn’t care what she or any other concerned person thinks about her non-skinny body on the cover of this year’s Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Issue, Cheryl Tiegs has more to say to Ashley.
Cheryl wrote an open letter to Ashley on The Huffington Post in an attempt to clarify the comments she made last week about how irresponsible it is for Sports Illustrated to glamorize Ashley’s obviously unhealthy body. (I say “obviously” because Dr. Oz told Cheryl so.) Cheryl wants Ashley to know that the original question wasn’t specifically about her and that the media has “manufactured” a feud between the two of them. Um, is now a bad time to remind Cheryl that technically she’s the one who manufactured the feud with that backhanded compliment about Ashley’s “beautiful, beautiful” face?
Cheryl goes on to say that she wasn’t equating beauty to weight, but that she was just trying to school the fatties of America on their “lack of education” about healthy choices and increased obesity-related health issues, like diabetes and heart disease. In regards to what qualifies Cheryl as such an expert on health, she wants you to know she got her facts from the Center for Disease Control, Harvard, and the American Diabetes Association in addition to what she learned watching Dr. Oz from the comfort of her couch.
As for her comment about having one foot in the grave if your waist is larger than 35 inches (FYI: Ashley says hers is 29.5), Cheryl admits that hers is 37 inches. So I guess Cheryl’s next open letter will be to herself?
She closed it by apologizing to Ashley if her words offended her (aka sorry-not-sorry’s formal cousin) and congratulating her on influencing women to love their bodies. Which is so lazy of her. If you’re going to commit to a Facebook-style passive aggressive open letter, everyone knows you wrap it up with the words “I mean, I’m just sayin…’“.
Here’s Ashley, who probably took Cheryl’s unopened open letter and slipped it directly into the trash, on GMA this morning.