Instagram is furious with Ashley Graham for dropping a few lbs

As a proud plus-size model, Ashley Graham has come in for criticism from various corners of society, and as her star continues to ascend it really looks like the girl can't win.

From politicians dubbing her 'unhealthy' and suggesting she has years of ill health ahead of her to speculation that Amy Schumer was unimpressed by her inclusion in the same body-shape category as Ashley – a claim she has since dismissed – the 27-year-old has been forced to defend her shape and size time and time again.

And while the vast majority of criticism has come from those who consider Ashley too large, the model is now facing another group of critics who are currently slamming her for looking like she's dropped a few lbs.

After sharing photos of herself working out, Ashley, who was the first plus-size model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, was inexplicably met with negativity by some of her followers.

"Fake fat person. You're not overweight, Stop saying you are. If you are fit, own it," wrote one. "If you changed, just keep it real, don't tell me you're fat when you look like perfection."

"I don't want you to stop from going to the gym at all. I just want to say, that I hope you will stand for your body and your curves like everybody should," commented another.

Taking aim at a snap of Ashley rocking white co-ords and a cropped leather jacket, another Instagram user wrote: "I knew it you did lose a lot of weight! I am no longer a fan of yours you betrayed a lot of people!"

"So I'll find another plus size beautiful woman bcuz you're full of s**t!!! #damnshame #justliketherest," she added. (sic)

Stunned by the outburst, Ashley defended her against the criticism, writing: "People come on my page and body shame me because I'm too big, because I'm too small, because I'm not good enough for their standards…But at the end of the day I'm good enough for me."

Many fans wasted no time supporting the model's stance, with one writing: "All you women shaming get are disgusting."

"Body positivity isn't about size or her size, it's about acceptance. Any women shaming her should be ashamed of themselves." she finished.