A 19-year-old Swedish model has been told she’s too big to model despite having a BMI of 17.5.
Agnes Hedengard hit back at the modelling industry in a video where she called out the unrealistic standards.
She claims brands have refused to look at her after seeing her measurements.
“It’s absurd and I hate it,” she said in the video.
She’s been in the modelling industry for five years and came third in Sweden’s Next Top Model last year, but is struggling to make ends meet.
“They think this is too big. They think my butt is too big, and they think my hips are too wide.
“According to the modelling industry, you cannot look like this. You need to be thinner. I have been in contact with big agencies and clients that really want to work with me, but as soon as they get hold of my measurements, it’s a whole other story.”
She told Swedish magazine Veckorevyn that she can no longer get work as a model and makes a living as a shop assistant.
“Modelling is more like a part time job now,” she said.
“I gave [the modelling world] a shot for a year – I barely ate and counting calories was a daily chore,” she said, explaining that she also works out every single day.
“I’ve had anorexic thoughts, but I’ve fought against them. It’s hard, but if you put all the energy you normally would waste on these thoughts towards loving yourself instead, they can’t hurt you.”