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Ashley Graham Defends Her Controversial Vogue Cover

Ashley Graham has defended her controversial Vogue cover, which stirred assertions that the plus-size model was disrespected.

Graham posed with six other models -- Adwoa Aboah, Liu Wen, Vittoria Ceretti, Imaan Hammam, Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner -- on a private beach in Malibu, California for Vogue's March 2017 issue.

Some eagle-eyed Twitter users noticed that Graham was the only model with her hand on her thigh, notes

[Vogue Magazine] Just wanted to point out the fact too that the only plus size model is also the only model posing differently.

[Vogue Magazine] great picture but why is Ashley the only model covering half of her larger (than the other models) body??

[Vogue Magazine] Why is the gorge Ashley Graham covering part of her thigh? Seems weird for her to be the only one in this pose...

Woah woah... This #VogueCover ... photoshop gone wrong (Gigi's hand), trying to make Ashely look thinner (only one with hand down) & more

In response to the controversy, Graham wrote on Vogue's Instagram page in the comments section: "I chose to pose like that ... no one told me to do anything," reports

However, the outrage didn't end on Graham's thigh.

According to, some Twitter users were upset by the alleged lack of diversity on the cover. A tweet from Vogue on Feb. 8, "The next wave of models are redefining beauty: the new norm is no norm," quickly caught some pointed responses:

While they may be different ethnicities, they all have the same facial features & structure so is that even real diversity?

"redefining"? with Gigi and Kendal on cover. Ok

[Vogue Magazine] looks the same

[Vogue Magazine] except they're all still tall and light skinned?

Vogue is "democratizing fashion" by not including a single woman darker than a paper bag in an "inclusive" spread.

Back at the beach, Jenner gave her opinion of the Vogue cover to Vogue:

This is my second Vogue cover, and to be sharing that not only with one of my best friends, but with all of these amazing women, is very meaningful for me.

With all that’s going on in the world, this cover makes such an important statement. It’s like, hey, we’ve got our differences, but those differences are beautiful. Everyone is beautiful.

Sources: Vogue, (2) / Photo Credit: Vogue/Instagram

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