Nina Agdal has something to say! After being allegedly body shamed by a magazine that decided to pull off her cover shoot, the Victoria’s Secret model took to social media to express her disappointment with the unfortunate reality of her industry.
In a powerful statement, the Victoria’s Secret model explained that she was hired to front a magazine and pose for a story, but the pictures did not turn out as the editors expected and they pulled the plug on the editorial.
Nina, who has a toned and healthy body, is not a sample size nor has the body of what she refers to as a “runway model”; and because of that the magazine claimed that the images they shot “did not fit their market,” and it didn’t reflect well on Nina’s talent. LIKE WHAT?! Have you seen Nina Agdal?
The model continues by saying that working in the industry, she suffered “unrealistic pressures” and had to deal with “paralyzing social anxiety”, but she walked into that photoshoot confident and owning her shape:
“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.”
Nina decided to release one of the images of this photoshoot with the goal of “bringing women from all over together in a celebration of our bodies.”
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