Victoria’s Secret Model Nina Agdal Slams Magazine For Body Shaming
Victoria’s Secret model Nina Agdal is speaking out on Instagram, accusing an unnamed magazine of body shaming. The 25-year-old model took to Instagram to share her story about the “still very harsh reality” of the fashion/beauty business.
In her post, Agdal explained that after a recent shoot with a creative team she believed in and was excited to work with, her agent was told that the cover/story would not run. The reason given was that it “did not reflect well on Agdal’s’ talent” and “did not fit their market.” The publisher also noted that Agdal’s look deviated from her portfolio and that Agdal did not fit into the sample size clothing provided.
Agdal went on to share her feelings about her body, health and the insensitive and unrealistic pressures of the industry. Agdal’s post has been met with widespread praise and support. See it in full below.
Today, I’m disappointed and appalled at the still very harsh reality of this industry. A few months ago, I agreed to shoot with a creative team I believed in and was excited to collaborate with. When my agent received an unapologetic email concluding they would not run my cover/story because it “did not reflect well on my talent” and “did not fit their market,” the publisher claimed my look deviated from my portfolio and that I did not fit into the (sample size) samples, which is completely false. If anyone has any interest in me, they know I am not an average model body – I have an athletic build and healthy curves. After a tough year of taking a step back from the insensitive and unrealistic pressures of this industry and dealing with paralyzing social anxiety, I walked into that shoot as a 25 year old WOMAN feeling more comfortable in my own skin and healthier than ever before. Some days I’m a sample size, some days I’m a size 4, some a 6. I am not built as a runway model and have never been stick thin. Now more than ever, I embrace my curves and work diligently in the gym to stay strong and most of all, sane. I am proud to say that my body has evolved from when I started this crazy ride as a 16 year old GIRL with unhealthy and insufficient eating habits. So, shame on you and thank you to the publisher for reaffirming how important it is to live your truth and say it out loud, no matter who you are or what size. I decided to release an image to draw awareness and support of an issue that's bigger than just myself and affects so many people not just in the fashion industry, but in general, with the goal of bringing women from all over together in a celebration of our bodies. Let's find ways to build each other up instead of constantly finding ways to tear each other down. #bodyshaming #bodyimage #selfimage #dietculture #mybodymybusiness
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