Danish model Nina Agdal has taken to Instagram to slam a magazine who cut her cover story because she didn’t fit a sample size.
In the post that’s equal parts emotive and enraging, the 25-year-old shared one of the images that lead to the publisher dropping her.
“Today, I’m disappointed and appalled at the still very harsh reality of this industry,” she captioned the shot. “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.”
The email reportedly added, "We would love to revisit the possibility of a printed cover when she is back in top shape."
Nina, who has posed for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Sports Illustrated and Glamour, says that she’s renowned for her athletic build and healthy curves and that those choosing to work with her know that she’s not “an average model body”.
“After a tough year of taking a step back from the insensitive and unrealistic pressures of this industry and dealing with paralysing 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.”
She added that now more than ever, she embraces her curves and hits 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.”
Agdal says she hopes that by sharing her experience it will help create a greater awareness about unrealistic body standards and send a strong message to the industries that uphold them.
"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."
The post has been liked over 130,000 times and received thousands of supportive comments.
"Thank you for your courage, honesty, and openness about this and the reality behind the scenes," one wrote. "Thank you for speaking up and showing young girls, and us regular ol' mums, that all women, of all sizes are beautiful. Thank you for putting yourself out there and saying 'enough is enough'."
Nina has shared a subsequent post thanking everyone for their support.