Victoria’s Secret angels are generally considered to be as close to female perfection as humanly possible. But even they’re not immune to the fashion industry’s fat-shaming tendencies.
Nina Agdal is a model and angel who’s modeled for various magazines, including Sports Illustrated.
She’s smokin’, obviously – many of us would kill for her body. But she says that relatively recently, she’s been rejected from jobs for not being small enough.
The 25-year-old who has worked for the likes of Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret shared a photo from the shoot with the unnamed publication with her 1.7 million followers on Instagram. She's wearing nothing but red lips and what looks like a pair of boyfriend jeans along with fierce eyes. Her hands are covering her breasts and she looks like she means business.
Taking to Instagram, she says that she’s ‘disappointed and appalled at the still very harsh reality’ of the fashion industry. "A few months ago, I agreed to shoot with a creative team I believed in and was excited to collaborate with," she writes.
"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."
Nina has spent a year stepping back from the ‘insensitive and unrealistic’ pressures of the fashion industry which, she says, has left her with ‘paralysing social anxiety’.
But she’s back now and the image she’s shared is from her latest shoot — and it’s all about body confidence. "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 [sic] 16-year-old GIRL with unhealthy and insufficient eating habits."
She says that she’s releasing the image to draw awareness of how damaging that kind of feedback can be, and as a celebration of women’s bodies. And, like us, many of Nina’s followers are baffled at how anyone could fat-shame her in the first place.
It struck a chord with many of her fans and they were backing her up full throttle. After all, who wouldn't! It is a relatable issue for all women, of all sizes and colors. There can never be enough talk around body positivity.
One follower said, "I am absolutely in love with this post and coming out with your truth." Another said, "It is so refreshing to see someone standing up for themselves and other women. As someone who tried to get into the industry for years but couldn’t because I have curves, a size 4/6 was too big. It weighs on you and you start believing and seeing yourself differently than what you are. I am proud to see a strong woman fight for what is right and to make a change."
Fashion model Coco Rocha also supported Nina in the same post saying, "I’ve dealt with this same thing the better part of a decade. One day I’m too fat, the next I’m too thin. The more things change the more they stay the same. Continue to be proud of who you are and know that you can’t please everyone, so you might as well please yourself. Also, take it from me, there is power in naming names. Everyone is accountable in 2018! #TimesUp"
Nina went on to thank her fans for their support through a video saying, "I want to thank you for all your support and your comments, I have read every single one of them. I was very emotional reading all of them because i can really relate to what you all are feeling out there and it makes me feel safe and comfortable and confident in speaking about this because obviously I am not alone."
She wrote in the caption, "I really wanted to take a minute and thank each and every one of you for all your support. I know this is just the beginning but I promise to keep fighting for a future where we all lift each other up, celebrate our bodies and truly love one another."
Kudos to this beautiful woman for speaking her mind!
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