To look at Nina Agdal you'd think her strong, lean and athletic figure is something to be celebrated but, for one unnamed fashion magazine, it's exactly the opposite.
The 25-year-old Sports Illustrated model has shared some shocking feedback she got from a glossy that had promised her a cover this past year but reneged because they claimed the size-6 model was too big and didn't fit the samples.
In a lengthy post on Instagram on Friday (Jan. 12) the Danish beauty said she was "appalled" by the way harsh and unfair comments the magazine passed on to her agent.
"Today, I'm disappointed and appalled at the still very harsh reality of this industry," Agdal captioned a photo of herself from that shoot, wearing just a pair of Oscar de la Renta jeans.
After doing the photoshoot with a "creative team (she) believed in," Nina detailed the aftermath. "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 model said that the publication claimed her look in person "deviated" from her supermodel portfolio and she failed to fit the clothes provided.
Agdal refuted the criticism and said: "If anyone has any interest in me, they know I am not an average model body - I have an athletic build and healthy curves."
Nina admitted that her body had changed thought her near-decade long career, pointing out that she began modelling when she was a "16 year old GIRL with unhealthy and insufficient eating habits."
The model says the comments from the magazine only reinforced her commitment to be kinder to herself.
"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," Agdal wrote.
"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."
By making coming forward with her own story of body-shaming Nina said she hoped it would highlight the problems the fashion world still has around unrealistic expectations of women's bodies.
"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."
She closed with a clear call to action: "Let's find ways to build each other up instead of constantly finding ways to tear each other down."
Go Nina, we couldn't agree more!