​naomi campbell weighs in on the plus size debate

The iconic model discusses Ashley Graham, fuller figures and Insta girls on US radio show Sway in the Morning.

by Tish Weinstock
01 April 2016, 1:48pm

Last month, when Cheryl Tiegs called out Ashley Graham for supposedly promoting an unhealthy body image, the internet broke and the whole world rushed to her defense. Although all was eventually resolved (Tiegs wrote an open letter to Ashley blaming the media for essentially twisting her words) the matter has arisen once more, with supermodel Naomi Campbell weighing in on the "plus size" debate.

"I would never make a comment like (Tiegs')," she announced on US radio show, Sway in the Morning, while there to promote her new book, The Art of Beauty, "I think it's way too personal, I don't know what Ashley eats, and that's not necessarily, because you're bigger, doesn't mean you're eating tons of food. I've got tons of friends who are big, it could be a hormone problem, but I don't think Ashley is big like that! She's not obese! I just think sometimes our bones our bigger and we're just built that way, that doesn't mean that we're fat… I just think that's wrong. I think if she's a beautiful person, regardless of color or creed, she should be able to model."

Elsewhere, the British beauty discussed what it means to be a model. "My type of modeling is seriously hard work, traveling, dedication. It's not about being famous; it's not about being a celebrity. It's about perfecting the art of modeling and connecting with the photographers we work with." Distinguishing herself from the Insta girls of the 21st century and the supers of the 80s, Naomi went on to describe herself as "an old school working model," saying, "I don't want that 'super' plus on me." She may not like it, but we still think she's super.

The Art of Beauty will be released on April 7.


Text Tish Weinstock
Photography Nick Knight

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