Magazine covers and BMI

The Internet is currently in a meltdown over a magazine cover featuring “fuller figured” model Ashley Graham, who is allegedly “unhealthy” (see image above).

Now, there are far more important things going on in the world at the moment than women on magazine covers, but it’s worth pointing out that (with a body mass index or BMI of about 25.1) Graham is in fact sitting pretty much right on the upper boundary of the healthy weight range (see diagram below). The storm in a teacup therefore illustrates to what extent an industry dominated by anorexia has forgotten what the normal female body actually looks like (the average fashion model has a BMI of 17.6, well into the unhealthily underweight range).