Model Nina Agdal got real on Instagram. The Danish model shared a photo of herself, sporting a fitted pair of Oscar de la Renta jeans, red pout and nothing more. At first glimpse, it seems like your run-of-the-mill photo of a glamorous model on the set. Then, of course, you get to the caption.
According to Agdal, this picture was apparently part of a rejected spread in a magazine photo shoot. In a few small paragraphs, the model explained that the magazine, which was not named, dismissed her photo because she was too big for the sample-size clothing. Agdal called out the ridiculousness of the situation.
“When my agent received an unapologetic email concluding they [the unnamed magazine] 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,” read part of her caption.
The fashion industry has been under scrutiny for decades for its false depiction of adult women’s bodies. Body positivity has been hard to come by, though some brands are beginning to come on board. As Refinery29 has explored through the 67% Campaign, more than half of the women in America are considered plus-size. However, these women only represent 2% of the women we see in media and advertisements. As Agdal highlighted in her caption, as a model, even her size fluctuates.
“Some days I’m a sample size, some days I’m a size 4, some a 6,” she said.
While rejection for any number of reasons is par the course for both the fashion and entertainment worlds, many men and women who have been shamed as a result have come forward with their stories on social media. Here’s hoping models continue to call out shaming for what it is.
Check out Agdal's full message 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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