For fear of being blacklisted, runway models don’t usually speak out about the pressures of staying thin, often dangerously so, to conform to the expectation of the fashion industry. But Swedish model Agnes Hedengard is speaking out about just how unrealistic those standards are for women.
Hedengard, who is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds, recently posted a video on YouTube called “Too big for the industry.”
“I don’t get any more jobs because the industry thinks I’m too big,” says the 19-year-old, who, with a BMI of 17.5, is medically underweight. “They think my butt is too big, and they think my hips are too wide.
“According to the modeling industry, you cannot look like this. You need to be thinner,” continues the model, dressed in just her underwear. The video has over 3 million views since being posted Aug. 24, and over 2,000 comments.