Historic Plus Size Ad to Run in Sports Illustrated

Historic Plus Size Ad to Run in Sports Illustrated


I’m Lindsay Liepman with today’s health news.
Plus-size model Ashley Graham will be the first plus-size model ever to grace the pages
of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She will be featured in an advertisement for
swim wear. On Graham’s website she lists herself as 5 foot 9 and a size 16. The CDC says the
average height for women in the US is just over 5 foot 2 and the average weight is 166
pounds. So will seeing a woman with curves in a mainstream magazine make American women
and girls more likely to accept their own bodies? Maybe. One study found that women
accepted their bodies more after they thought men were attracted to images of plus-size
models. The swimsuit issue hits news stands February 9th and is projected to sell over
a million copies.

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