A Danish model with a 24-inch waist is claiming she was fired from the Louis Vuitton cruise show for being “too big”. Ulrikke Hoyer, 20, flew to Tokyo for several extensive fittings with the designer, before being ‘cancelled’ from the line-up ahead of the show and flown home.
According to Ulrikke’s Facebook post, she was encouraged to eat very little to drop weight and her agent was allegedly told by the casting director, that she had “a very bloated stomach” and a “bloated face” and told her to “drink only water for the next 24 hours.”
After being sent back home to Copenhagen, Ulrikke conferred with her agency and vowed “never work under such conditions again”, noting, “What should have been a truly amazing and unique experience ended up being a very humiliating experience.”
She wrote: “I cannot accept the ‘normality’ in the behaviour of people like this. They find pleasure in power over young girls and will go to the extreme to force an eating disorder on you. If this comes from them or some of the fashion houses I don’t know as I’ve only been dealing with the casters. Nicolas [Ghesquière, the creative director of Louis Vuitton] is super nice and treats everybody with respect and even remembers all the girls’ names, etc. but these sizes of the show pieces are made for women to have eating disorders. Go watch the show and see for yourself, even the smallest tightest pants are loose on the models they book.”
Ulrikke then notes what a negative impact an experience like this could have on a younger model, stating that teenage girls in the modelling industry often end up with lasting ‘scars’ from their work.
“I am glad I am 20, and not a 15 years old girl who is new to this and unsure about herself, because I have no doubt that I would then have ended up very sick and scarred long into my adult life,” she wrote.