Model Nina Agdal revealed her own struggles with anxiety over her body image after a magazine wasn’t happy with her recent photoshoot and bashed her for not fitting into sample sizes.
“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,” she began an Instagram post on Friday.
“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,” Agdal continued.
The Danish model shared an image of herself from the shoot to draw awareness to the negative was of the industry — and the world overall, with the “goal of bringing women from all over together in a celebration of our bodies.”
Agdal, 25, revealed in the post that she had a tough year plagued with “paralyzing social anxiety” due to the “insensitive and unrealistic” pressures of the modeling and fashion business.
“If anyone has any interest in me, they know I am not an average model body — I have an athletic build and healthy curves,” she said.
“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.”
Agdal has modeled for Billabong and Victoria’s Secret, among other brands. She also appeared on the cover of Maxim in March 2017 and on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2014 for the 50th anniversary edition.
Last summer, she split from actor Leonardo DiCaprio after a year of dating.