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Bridget Malcolm Talks Body Shaming on Set

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On being fat shamed on set:

Whilst shooting, I had one lady refuse to look me in the eye, choosing instead to address my stomach with a sneer (I was shooting swim). I addressed her, smiled, and she didn’t even look away from my stomach, let alone respond to me beyond mono syllables. Another lady asked me to please make my ribs show more whilst shooting, suck in my gut, and tied a sarong around my hips, to ‘hide them’.

On the grey area in fashion:

It makes me enraged when a woman is made to feel fat at a size 4. What messed up parallel universe is this? The fashion industry should be celebrating women of all body sizes. We are experiencing a huge amount of growth in body acceptance – when will it start to make serious inroads in the fashion industry? I do have to acknowledge the appearance of plus size models in the higher end fashion industry. This is fantastic, and a welcome change. However there is a massive grey zone in the fashion industry. We see ‘straight size’ girls from sizes 0-2 maybe a 4 if the girl is well known or has boobs. Then nothing, until we hit ‘plus size’ girls at around size 14. Never mind the fact that the vast majority of women in the western world fall in this size bracket. Until a woman can open a magazine and see her body shape represented, how can women stop comparing themselves to an impossible standard?

… says Bridget.

 

 

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Sarah
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Sarah
Dear lord stop whining woman… She reminds me of one of the winners of top chef whose name escapes me but she did an interview where she was bemoaning being fired from her executive chef job as one of the most emotionally devastating things she could ever imagine. Like seriously, drama queens much? Bridget reminds me of that: she’s a fashion model. Not a researcher or a doctor or a fireman or first responder. She makes products look nice. The end. What she does is, in the grand scheme of things, is not important at all. Decorations on the cake… Read more »
punani
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punani

ex f~~~~~~ actly.

jjj2
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jjj2

She is very beautiful! But her job is to be a model and thus there are always requirements to go along with modeling to fit what you are planning on modeling. As far as sucking in her stomach, the pose she was doing very well may have required it.

Otilia
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Otilia

It’s sad to see that someone would call her fat. She has a perfect stomach, nice and flat. This world has gone crazy, only skin and bones isn’t fat lately.

jjj2
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jjj2

She could have also weighed more than she weighs now.

Heather Aggus
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Heather Aggus

You’ve articulated the oxymoronic part of the problem…sad that someone would call her fat, “because she has a perfect stomach, nice and flat”. Strike that last part of your comment and I’m on board. It becomes a mind game I am sure.

CarrieD
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CarrieD
I’m confused, isn’t she one of the girls known for posing strategically on IG to make herself look scary skinny? But I do like what she wrote. It’s what most of us have been saying all along. It’s ridiculous that the fashion industry people choose to represent only both ends of the spectrum, when most people fall somewhere in the middle. I don’t know much about fashion and I don’t think it’s important enough to care that much. Is it supposed to be “art”? Are models supposed to represent something different and unnatainable? But why? I don’t mind seeing some… Read more »
Chloë
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Chloë
Yes, she was. She recently admitted what obvious to anyone paying attention: her diet and lifestyle were weight-oriented, not health-oriented and that she was not “naturally” that skinny. Sad and far too common experience for models (and others tbh.) I’m actually pretty surprised by the amount of vitriol she’s getting on this site. She’s saying stuff that, as you said, we’ve been saying all along in regards to how under-represented women who are neither super skinny nor chubby are. I’d’ve thought that those who frequent a site focused on the bodies of women in the music, film, and fashion industries… Read more »
avvi
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avvi
this woman complains so much. barbara palvin is much more “fat” than this girl, but she’s incredibly stunning unlike bridget which is why she gets all types of beauty, swim, lingerie, fashion work. did it ever cross her mind that she’s just an incredibly average white woman who shouldn’t be modeling in the first place? i get her comments about how the fashion industry can be a sick place, but i’ve noticed that white women who model love to moan about how the fashion industry isn’t inclusive and fair when it comes to size requirements, but stay silent when it… Read more »
Chloë
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Chloë

That picture is old, she *has* in fact gained weight since then. That’s her entire point.

Avvi
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Avvi

Where? Show me this “weight gain”, she looks the same to me. Like i said in the previous post if she has gained its from metabolical damage from only eating salad and doing cardio. HIghly DOUBT its any mmmuscle

Diddy
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Diddy
Sorry if this sounds evil but I feel like now that she realized her whole “I’m the healthiest vegan who works out every 4 hours and look like this without a sweat” act is not working well enough for her because she’s not stunning enough to make people wanna wonder what they must be doing to look like her, she instead jumped on the “I was fat shamed AAALLL THE TIME and we must embrace all shapes and sizes even though I’ll never be caught dead at a size where it’s still not commercially very attractive” wagon. Yes she probably… Read more »
anna
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anna

so cynical of you! but it could be true, of course.

Chloë
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Chloë
I encourage everyone to go to her blog (link in instagram profile) and read her entire post. I found the following particularly impactful: “The ultimate form of control over women is when their bodies stop being their own. When other people dictate how they should look (thin, long legs, yet with an ass, tiny waist and back but with a six pack and boobs, plus big lips and defined cheekbones). My body did not belong to me from the ages of 14-25. When I finally started trying to reclaim it, I was so saddened by how much time and energy… Read more »
Alyona
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Alyona
I do think she has written some powerful words and it is good that she is actually coming out and being upfront about her struggles rather then claim she eats a ton and pose in front of huge fatty meals that IG models do merely for the photo-op (likely not eaten) BUT on her blog someone sent in a question to her for some advice on an eating disorder and Bridget was very quick to say she has NEVER HAD AN EATING DISORDER! Yet everything she says and describes is saying she has had one or has been struggling and… Read more »
Pixie
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Pixie

I found this very real and she is finally personable and not a robot in her quotes. Like hearing her for the first time. Before looking at the comments I knew people would be giving her a hard time but I appreciate her turning her public attitude around. One of the worst things is when a fellow woman sneers at you for your appearance or for any reason. She finally sounds like a nice girl who I never imagined her being.