Just another reality check for all of us.
Swedish model Agnes Hedengård is making headlines for a viral YouTube video she posted where she calls out the fashion industry for their rigid body standards. The 19-year-old, who says she has been modeling for 5 years, admits she can't find work due to her shape. Hedengård is not only absolutely stunning, but also super thin. She has a BMI of 17.5 and casting directors have told her to get into "better shape."
The model puts her body on full display in the video, literally showing what "wide hips" and a "big butt" look like in the modeling industry. She says that her purpose for sharing her experience (the video was originally posted in Swedish) is to show everyone just how warped the whole thing is.
This is an issue that affects everyone. It demonstrates how unattainable the "ideal body image" is and creates unrealistic expectations of beauty for both women and men.
Mega-model Cara Delevingne has shared similar frustration in recent interviews, telling London's The Times that modeling made her feel "hollow" and said, "It is a mental thing as well because if you hate yourself and your body and the way you look, it just gets worse and worse."
While Hedengård's video paints the industry in a not-so-great light, there have been many changes over the past few years in efforts to create an environment of inclusivity. France has enacted BMI restrictions, Aerie's latest ads are not retouched, and a transgender agency is opening in L.A.. We'll just have to wait and see what the Internet's push for body positivity will mean for the future.
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