Victoria’s Secret Model Dropped From Mag Cover For ‘Not Being Thin Enough’

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Best day ever on set today 🍜🍔🍝🍩🍞 @ronnie_hart 💙❤️

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A Victoria’s Secret model has been dropped from an unnamed magazine for not being thin enough.

The model Nina Agdal took to Instagram to slam the modelling industry as a whole for their obsession with a homogenised look for female models.

In an impassioned post on Instagram, she said that she was excited for the photographs to be used and that the decision not to use them proves that the fashion industry still has unrealistic standards of beauty.

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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She wrote:

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.

Flexing 💪🏼

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She went on to add that anyone who knows her body of work knows that she does not have an average model body, being athletic and curvy as opposed to stick thin.

But that she’s proud of her body and felt confident on the day of the shoot despite the pressures of the industry. She maintains that despite being dropped she’s proud of her body and works diligently to maintain it.

Summer memories 💙⛵️❤️

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She added:

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.

Nina’s post got more than 26,000 likes in just one hour, with most people praising her bravery for speaking out.