Last night, “Extra” was on the red carpet with Sports Illustrated cover model Nina Agdal at the Zadig & Voltaire show during New York Fashion Week, where she opened up on the feedback she has received since penning an open letter about body shaming on Instagram.
In January, the 25-year-old Danish model posted that a magazine refused to run a cover featuring her because she did not fit the sample-sized clothing.
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
Nina shared, "The support has honestly been incredible. I did not know what to expect. I posted this photo and it could go two ways — bad or good. And it was just amazing. The support was incredible. I've met so many girls out there who were inspired by it, who felt like I was talking to them. It’s very personal for me and I'm still trying to beat this body-shaming thing, but this was step one and I'm so relieved to do it."