Maxim Photographer Fires Back By Sliding Into Ashley Graham’s Instagram Comments

Ashley Graham is having quite the year. She’s covered Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition, launched a line at Dress Barn, and been the face of Forever 21’s first plus-size activewear line. She’s stunting again on the April cover of Maxim. And with great power comes lots of extremely woke fans who definitely don’t want to see your body Photoshopped.

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💥@maximmag💥 📸@gilles_bensimon 💇🏽@oribecanales 💄@leslielopezmakeupartist 👗 @christianssonparis #beautybeyondsize

A photo posted by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@theashleygraham) on Mar 28, 2016 at 10:14am PDT

“It’s a shame they photoshopped her to appear slimmer. They should have left her be. What’s the point of featuring a plus size model on the cover if they’re just going to make her look like the generic girls you see on their magazine,” writes one fan.

Another fan adds a more succinct take, “U beautiful. But they Photoshop. This one.”

Outlets and commenters have also called out the mag for the styling of the shoot, which is suspiciously heavy-handed compared to the typical bikini-clad girls on Maxim’s covers. Was the photographer trying to cover up more of Graham’s body than he would a Size 0 model?

Here’s the good news: You can ask him, because photographer Gilles Bensimon, former creative director of Elle and ex-husband to both Elle MacPherson and a Real Housewife, has waded into Graham’s Instagram mentions.

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CREDIT: Instagram

Naturally, Bensimon is not pleased. “I shoot this image of Ashley, and we don’t slimmer her at all!!!” he writes. “Sorry because you sound so convinced.” He continues to shade directly to one commenter, “We don’t cover anything, but I don’t know you want to be in charge of the style,@rogasmic.” While Ashley Graham has yet to comment on the situation…

More from @maximmag shot by @gilles_bensimon!! Wearing my #AshleyGrahamXSwimsuitsForAll swim collection to be launched in May!!

A photo posted by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@theashleygraham) on Mar 28, 2016 at 11:00am PDT

… her photos look very hot.

 

When your husband shows up to work.. 😏 @maximmag

A photo posted by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@theashleygraham) on Mar 28, 2016 at 1:00pm PDT