Plus sized model Ashley Graham recently shocked her Instagram followers by revealing a body transformation where she shed approximately 20 pounds for an event at the Met Gala. The weight loss made waves in the "body-positivity" community who has now turned it's back on the 5'9" plus sized model for being too small.
Graham runs a podcast called Pretty Big Deal, and on a recent episode revealed that, gasp, she works out before events. In fact, Ashley is a gym regular and makes no secret of the fact she loves to work out. “For me, going to the gym isn’t about losing weight. It’s about gaining, not only confidence, but there’s a mental stability that I get through it.” Graham added “I get this euphoria. Your body, your brain is releasing endorphins when you work out. You just feel better when you leave the gym. You hate going. You love when you leave.”
That's a pretty healthy attitude towards working out. It's not about a number on the scale, but rather how you feel. But when fans noticed that the plus-sized icon trimmed down, one wrote:
“I knew it you did lose a lot of weight! I am no longer a fan of yours you betrayed a lot of people! So I'll find another plus size beautiful woman bcuz yo're full of s***!!! #damnshame #justliketherest”
One angry fan wrote: "Don't represent me anymore."
Another disappointed fan questioned: "Isn't she proud of her plus size anymore?"
Another said: “Why are you changing yourself? I thought you were comfortable being yourself and being plus size. You are clearly losing tons of weight.”
Graham had previously spoke on many of the false stereotypes associated with the label plus sized: “‘You don’t eat well. You don’t work out. You couldn’t care less about your body. You’re insecure. You have no confidence.’ And that is none of this,” Graham said, referring to herself.
Sadly, it seems that she was unknowingly describing her own core audience. It turns out that her fan base isn't accepting of all body types after all - especially ones that are healthy. That's why the whole plus sized modeling industry is a sham, encouraging obesity as the new en vogue look even if there are serious health consequences to promoting this image. One research study suggests that after having seen plus-size models, subjects made poor food choices, had lower intentions to exercise, and had less interest in programs that serve to curb obesity.
Basically, they were happy to be fat and make no effort to improve their weight - even at the expense of their health.
We haven't tried to hide our love of curvy women, dedicating plenty of attention to chubby girls in our What is Sexy Series, but for real there has to be a limit. The health benefits of working out seem to go right over the head of the obese body positivists who only seem to be happy if you accept them for who they are: fat, lazy, haters.
Models like Iskra Lawrence have the right attitude: workout, eat right, indulge in a treat every once in awhile, and whatever the scale says is irrelevant. People do come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and we are proud supporters of all kinds of female body types - but you don't get to binge eat while watching non-stop Netflix then have the right to demand that the world call you sexy.
We previously reported on Ashley Graham not looking quite her best, like in the photo below, and we are happy to see that she has found a happy medium between health and the number on the scale. Good Job Ashley, we think you look amazing a few pounds lighter.