Swedish model told she's "too big" for the fashion industry
A young Swedish model has posted a video hitting back at claims she is "too big" for the fashion industry.
Agnes Hedengard says she is constantly branded “too big" for the catwalk.
The 19-year-old Swede has been working in the industry for five years but says recently jobs have dried up. She now makes most of her income working as a retail assistant in a shop.
Despite having a BMI of 17.5, which would be considered a little underweight, she says she's been told she needs to get in shape.
"Up to this day, I don't get any more jobs because the industry thinks I'm too big.
"They think this is too big. They think my butt is too big, and they think my hips are too wide," she says in the video.
"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 came third in last year's Sweden's Next Top Model, but now focuses mainly on her job in retail.
"Modelling is more like a part time job now," she told Veckorevyn.
‘I gave [the modelling world] a shot for a year – I barely ate and counting calories was a daily chore.
"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."