use (someone or something) as an excuse
to blame someone or something for something
My friend used his busy schedule as an excuse not to help us.
Greatest Fashion Models
Jean Shrimpton was a strikingly attractive woman and one of the first supermodels of the Swinging Sixties. The British beauty appeared on multiple covers of well known magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Elle, and Time, among others. In 2012, Time named Shrimpton one of the 100 most influential fashion icons of all time and if Time says so it wouldnt be very wise to argue, now would it?