But like most things that are on the Internet, it was subject to several different opinions, and many are now accusing the men's magazine of airbrushing away the 28-year-old's famous curves and slimming her legs.
After sharing the groundbreaking image (she is the first plus-size model to star on the glossy, FYI) with her 1.5 million Instagram followers, Graham was met with an array of comments that stated "too much Photoshop" was used.
"Why does @maximmag have to cover up most of her curves?" One commentor posted.
"@theashleygraham you're an ambassador for curvy girls and self esteem building. Than you get photoshopped to look like eva mendes. Just be true to what u believe in and what you're trying to encourage," wrote another.
Fans of the model were even comparing the Maxim cover to Graham's recent Addition Elle lingerie campaign.
A photo from Ashley Graham x Addition Elle campaign
"Compared to the pics she posted from her #additionelle line, these look crazy photoshopped and that makes me sad. Maxim should have done better at representing the woman she is."
Some are even going so far to accuse Maxim of Photoshopping in a third boob on the American model on the cover image.
"That photoshop is so bad it looks like she has 3 boobs," an Instagram user writes.
But French photographer Gilles Bensimon, who shot the April issue cover, is defending the magazine and Graham. In response to one Instagram user, Bensimon wrote, "Almost no photoshop. Sorry to disappoint you." (Which basically translates to, "bye haters!")
Regardless, Ashley Graham slays. The cover is beautiful and it's refreshing to see a new body type adorn the cover of the legendary mag.
On Wednesday afternoon, Ashley Graham released a statement in response to the backlash she and Maxim magazine have been facing:
"I'm beyond proud to be the first curvy woman on the cover of Maxim. I was not slimmed down on the cover, and Gilles Bensimon did an amazing job capturing my true figure in all of the photos. This is another major advancement for curvy women, especially those who work in the fashion industry who are working hard to get the recognition they deserve. I now encourage more publications and designers to put more diversity on their covers and runways. Let's continue to show that beautiful bodies come in different sizes and they should all be celebrated."
Well said, Ashley!
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