Early this week, word broke as Ashley Graham covered her first Vogue with other international models but now the fashion bible is been criticised by eagle-eyed followers on social media, who have accuseed the magazine of manipulating the cover of its latest issue to make a Ashley Graham look thinner.
The cover photo features seven top models dressed in black turtlenecks and patterned bikini bottoms, including Ashley Graham – of the world’s leading plus sized models. They are, from left to right, Liu Wen, Ashley Graham, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Imaan Hammam, Adwoa Aboah, and Vittoria Ceretti.
Gigi Hadid’s arm is shown resting on Ashley Graham’s waist – and critics claim the arm has been photoshopped to lengthen it, in order to make Ms Graham look smaller. They also point out that Ms Graham is the only one of the seven models to be posing with her hand on her thigh – prompting speculation that she was instructed to stand like that to make herself look slimmer.
On Instagram one follower wrote: “Shame on you for this, Gigi’s arm is clearly Photoshopped to look longer to cover Ashley’s belly. Also, having Ashley drop her hand to make her leg look slimmer is shocking.”
Another said: “What is wrong with Gigi’s arm and hand? Obviously Photoshopped, if not her fingers are damn long and stretched.”
“So hypocritical to put the plus size model on the cover, but then just modify the picture do that she appears ‘less’ plus size,” another wrote. However, Graham hit back at the critics, replying on Instagram: “I chose to pose like that. No one told me to do anything.”
“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.”
Vogue has been approached for comment.