Nina Adgal, a supermodel signed with the Elite Model Management is taking a thrashing to her own industry after receiving shocking body-shaming emails from her employers.
After working for a company that chose her out of thousands of models, she received an incredibly rude email saying that her photos would not be used because the photos “did not reflect well on my talent” and “did not fit their market,”.
The casting director basically chastised Nina for not fitting into the sample size clothing, which can vary between sizes of 0, 2 and 4.
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Since the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model got personal on Instagram about her harrowing ordeal in 2018, the 27-year-old says she has a newfound purpose. Agdal is keeping busy these days encouraging other women to embrace their curves and so-called imperfections, particularly on social media. And according to Agdal, the responses she has received from people have only inspired her to change the way she approaches her career.View this post on Instagram
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
Agdal spoke to Fox News about how she deals with insecurities today, being discovered by SI and how she’s making a mark in the booming hard seltzer market with Pura Still.
Fox News: How do you stay in shape all year long?
Nina Agdal: I’m not going to lie, I do work out five to six times a week and I do that year-round. I think it’s important to remember that working out and taking care of yourself should not be something that goes with the season of summer. It’s a lifestyle and it’s just pretty much something I do every day for my mental health, physical health. I just overall feel so much better when I stay active. So I try to do it yearly, every single day if I can, just for that purpose.
Fox News: When it’s your cheat day, what’s on your plate?
Agdal: I don’t really have cheat days because everything I do is very much just all about balance and moderation. So even if I have a cheat meal, I don’t like to think of it as a cheat meal. But… it would probably be pizza or a burger. But again, I don’t think of it as something negative and I don’t put myself down for eating it because I don’t think that’s healthy for anyone to do that.
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Well that long weekend was a banger! I’ve been indulging, skipping workouts and having a great time (🥂🍔🍷🍟🍹) for the past 5 days. Back in the day i would be beating myself up mentally and physically after this by going on some crazy diet and spend 4-5 hours in the gym for the next 3 days, telling myself that I wasn’t good enough till i “felt skinny” again, but today i have a completely different approach which has taken me a long time to get to and a lot of work on myself and how i treat and take care of me. Instead of beating myself up for “letting go” i get myself excited to get back into my routine and i start little by little. I have no desire to go run 6 miles right now, but i am excited to break a sweat and “detox” so I’ll start with a goal of a 15 minute routine and see where it takes me! This is a reminder to not be so hard on yourself.. Sorry for the long caption but wanted to share! Have the best week 🤗 song: bakermat feat marie plassard: games continued #healthiswealth #fitnessmotivation #homeworkout #fitnessisalifestyle #aloyoga
Fox News: How did your relationship with Sports Illustrated begin?
Agdal: Sports Illustrated started … Oh my God, is that seven years ago? I went to a casting, I met [editor] MJ [Day]… I got the call that I was up for my rookie shoot and that was the first year with them.
And then two years later I got the cover with Chrissy Tiegen and Lily Aldridge… I love Sports Illustrated Swimsuit… They supported me and they support other women. It’s just incredible how they incorporate so many different body types and skin color and whatever it is. They just embrace every woman as we should.