Ashley Graham has become the first ever plus-size model to appear on the cover of US magazine Maxim, but fans have reacted angrily, accusing the men’s glossy of airbrushing away her curves and doing a disservice to the plus-size community.
Graham, a 28-year-old from Nebraska, shared an image of the landmark cover with her 1.5 million Instagram followers on Tuesday, but was swiftly met with cries she was the victim of “too much Photoshop”.
“Definitely Photoshopped,” one of Graham’s followers wrote.
“That’s unfortunate after everything you stand for Ashley, your curves are gorgeous and Maxim should not have minimised who you are. Shame on them!”
“It’s a shame they photoshopped her to appear slimmer,” another said.
“If you want to be [empowering] and real I dare you to leave the rolls, cellulite, fat, uneven skin tone and bulge,” wrote Lulu Valentina on Facebook.
The photographer behind the shoot, Gilles Bensimon, responded to critics on Instagram, insisting his pictures of Graham had not been slimmed.
“In fact [almost no Photoshop], sorry to disappoint you,” Bensimon wrote.
Graham is yet to publicly address the accusations but told Entertainment Tonight earlier this week she was against having her figure significantly digitally altered.
“I believe in a little bit, but when you’re reconstructing my body, when you’re reshaping my hips and my thighs and you’re taking certain cellulite away — Hello! I talk about it!” Graham said.
“I’ve got cellulite. It’s like, don’t do that, because the customer realises and the girl who follows me realises it’s just overdone. There is a tasteful way to do it.”