Beauty & Body Image, Nina Agdal

Nina Agdal: “Some days I’m a sample size, some days I’m a size 4, some a 6”

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On being rejected for not being thin enough:

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

… says 25 year-old Nina.

Obviously having the worst time ever x 2

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CarrieD

She has an amazing body in my opinion, very very close to my personal ideal. I hope she does stay strong and sane and doesn’t resurface 2 months from now 15lbs lighter. Her experience also contributes to reaffirm what we already know: that many of these models are way thinner than what would be natural to them because of these ridiculous standards that the industry still keeps imposing, despites being more and more often called out on them.

Fastruns
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Fastruns

She looks so versatile! Don’t recognize her from one picture to the next .. so pretty! Sexy body too!

Do what works for you!

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Altra

Until we live in a world where a woman’s attractiveness is weighted using the same measures as men’s (ie a combination of physical beauty, confidence, power, humour and intelligence) their attractiveness will always hinge on physical beauty, which will inevitably follow what the cultural ideal is. And the issue with print ads is that they rely almost on beauty – not attractiveness. Its a medium that isnt set up to empower anyone except those who are considered beautiful. So, in effect, participation in an industry that is built on physical beauty is a tough walk. To work in it, without… Read more »

ule
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ule

Well put!

Delicate Dream
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Delicate Dream

I agree with the ideas here, except print ads don’t even show beautiful bodies. It’s more like sensationalism. It’s an extreme which allows the designers clothes or photographers vision to shine, not the woman. It’s never about the woman, but instead a man’s vision, which she must never outshine.

Alyona
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Alyona

She looks great to me – slim but not unhealthily so. It seems as though she has found peace with living balanced which is great. To be restricting on a consistent basis to achieve and maintain a very low body fat will only result in both physical and mental fatigue, and it will be hard to stay sane, if not impossible. I also hope that the pressures dont get to her and she remains at the state of physical and mental health she has found. People will want to work with her for who she is, now.

Lyla
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Lyla

and to think this industry praises the Kaia Gerber look over Nina’s… smh

etmoi
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etmoi

I wish she’d name the company

Rose
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Rose

Models need to fit standard sample sizes. Did she not know this? No one said she was a hideous monster, just that she wasn’t the same size that she was in her portfolio photos and the clothes did not fit her properly in their opinion. Being a model requires a very specific body type, if she doesn’t have it and doesn’t want to have it there are a million other things she can do with her life

sarah
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sarah

That’s kind of what I was thinking too. If a photoshoot has size 0/2 clothes prepared and the model shows up as a size six because she randomly gained 2 – 3 sizes that day, how is that the company’s fault? She literally wouldn’t fit or at least not well. Try it on the flipside if Ashley Graham had a shoot and she showed up as a size 10 it would be ridiculous to expect the company to be ready to accommodate her, but that’s *exactly what Nina was saying.

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claud

agree. she has a lovely body and i respect her words/see where she’s coming from but at the same time she signed up for this. anyone can see the cognitive dissonance in her words… her cute lil hashtag “my body my business” is absurd because she willingly signed up to have her body scrutinized. so boo friggin hoo. if you don’t like it, get another job. maybe one that utilizes that brain of hers so she can do some actual good in the world. methinks too many good looking women fall into the trap of assuming that because they’re pretty… Read more »

Delicate Dream
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Delicate Dream

The problem is the sample size. For women over 5’8 that’s ridiculous. Yes teenage girls are sometimes that size and healthy (I was one of them), but these photoshoots are often for adults in WOMEN’S clothing, not teenage girls. Designers should try making clothes for actual adult women who can buy them and not teenagers. But that might require them to actually understand human anatomy and be real artists.

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Stellar

Yeah, not a lot of sympathy for you here, Nina. You were an ‘unhealthy’ 16 year old when you started a very lucrative career in an industry in which looks, and particularly weight, are paramount. You got older, also not allowed in this industry, and found staying thin really difficult, if not impossible. On the upside, you made a lot of $$$ and became relatively famous. The downside, like in most industries, you did the unforgivable and got old (and fat). And now, after all the benefits you accrued- and we never heard you complain about the industry before it… Read more »

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Altra

the truth.
If women/girls want to play the game, dont hate the game; Recognize it for what it is, a trade of a commodity for cash. I have to work 2,000 hours in a year to make what she probably made in a week or two during her peak.

Take what you have, use it to get educated or start something bigger. Aspire higher beyond just your body and your beauty and do something, and leverage the privilege you have into something bigger than you.

Or, whatever, just marry some rich dude like most of the other models do.

Anna
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Anna

Why do models need to be size zero-2? The world is changing. I think models in size 4-6 is mere relevant than plus size..

Maria
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Maria

She looks amazing, and sounds sweet and sane! 🙂 Btw, anyone knows the brand of the sneakers in the picture where she wear a cap???? 😉

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lineplay

I’m going to have to pull this out again when someone goes “she looks natural at that weight!” around models. It isn’t, the pressure is real.