Nina Agdal wrote a message on her social media account today detailing her body-shaming experiences after a magazine allegedly refused to run a cover photo of her because she couldn’t fit into the sample size clothing.
The Danish model, 25, who has appeared in countless magazine campaigns such as Maxim and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, made her comments today on Instagram.
You can read her statement in her own words in the post 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
In the message, the model revealed a time when her agent received an email which stated they couldn’t run the photo because it didn’t “reflect well on (her) talent” and she didn’t “fit their market.”
According to the model, she couldn’t fit into the sample size clothing which was patently false. Nina added that she is a model with an athletic build and “healthy curves” so the idea that she couldn’t fit their profile was outrageous.
Agdal said she embraces her body and is proud to have it despite what some people in the industry may want from her.
The former girlfriend of Leonardo DiCaprio said when she first started in the industry as a 16-year-old girl; she had unhealthy and insufficient eating habits. However, she has grown from those experiences and is now making choices that are closer to who she is as a person.
As you may know, Nina’s message for the world comes at a time when women everywhere are attempting to take pride in their bodies in spite of the “unnatural” body images perpetrated by the advertising industry. According to scholars such as Naomi Wolf, the normal healthy body weight is much higher than what fashion models would have you believe.