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Victoria's Secret model 'disappointed and appalled' by fat-shaming

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Victoria's Secret model Nina Agdal © Instagram/@Ninaagdal Victoria's Secret model Nina Agdal

So this is disappointing.

Victoria's Secret model Nina Agdal was been rejected by an unnamed magazine for 'not fitting' their look – and their sample sizes.

The Danish model shared a post on Instagram on Friday explaining her experience. Along with a a photo from the cut cover shoot, she included a call to action against the fashion industry's destructive beauty standards.

"Today, I’m disappointed and appalled at the still very harsh reality of this industry," she wrote. "A few months ago, I agreed to shoot with a creative team I believed in and was excited to collaborate with."

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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"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," the post continued.

"If anyone has any interest in me, they know I am not an average model body – I have an athletic build and healthy curves."

Agdal, who's appeared everywhere from Entourage to the pages of Sports Illustrated, has an exceptionally modelesque body by most people's standards, it has to be said. But that's not the point. Is it more frustrating to see someone who looks so close to the impossible standard criticised? Perhaps. But as Agdal points out, model or not, nobody should be made to feel their body is inadequate.

It's always harmful, as Agdal explained.

She went on to discuss the dangerous insecurities and habits this pressure had fostered, which she'd had to overcome.

"After a tough year of taking a step back from the insensitive and unrealistic pressures of this industry and dealing with paralysing 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."

Summer memories 💙⛵️❤️

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"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."


She finished the post by calling out not just the unnamed magazine, but the industry at large.

"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."


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