Inez and Vinoodh
Ashley Graham is speaking out against accusations that Vogue altered her figure for its March 2017 issue.
The supermodel appears alongside Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Adwoa Aboah, Liu Wen,Vittoria Ceretti and Imaan Hammam on the magazine's cover, each sporting black turtlenecks and multi-colored, high-waisted shorts while posing on the beach.
It didn't take long for critics to point out that Graham is the only covergirl whose hand is placed on her thigh, which some believed was Vogue's attempt to make her look slimmer. Additionally, others thought that because Hadid's arm reaches past Jenner's waist and onto Graham's, Photoshop was used to cinch her midsection.
Ashley took to Instagram with a response, clarifying in the comment section on her own page, "I chose to pose like that.. no one told me to do anything."
Inside Vogue, Graham, 29, explained why acknowledging diversity in the fashion industry is so important nowadays.
"Sixty-seven percent of the women in America wear a size 14 or larger," she explained."Sixty-seven percent. 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."
Ashley went on, "Designers aren't the only ones pushing fashion in an all-embracing direction."
The stunner continued to defend her stance by re-posting her first-ever Vogue cover to Instagram and captioning it, "Dream. Come. True! THANK YOU @voguemagazine for having me on your cover!! @inezandvinoodh #diversity #inclusion #thenewnorm #fearlesswomen #vogue125"
E! News has reached out to Vogue for comment.