SWEDEN (WTXF) -- - A Swedish model is speaking out against the strict standards in the modeling industry after she is called “too big” despite being considered underweight.
Agnes Hedengard is 19-year-old and from Arvika in southeast Sweden.
In a video she recorded of herself standing in front of a mirror, she revealed that she is finding it hard to get work due to her size. The lack of work has left her to leave modeling full-time.
She has just a body mass index of 17.5, as she says in the video, but she has been told by agencies and clients to “get into shape.”
“I don't get any more jobs since the industry thinks I'm too big,” she says in the video.
She points to her body during the recording: “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 wants to work with me, but as soon as they get hold of my measurements, its a whole other story.”
“They are like "no, she's too big", "she needs to get in a better shape, we will not work with her", "whoa, no, she's way too big.”
According to Daily Mail, Agnes is 5’11” and has a BMI of 17.5. A “normal weight” BMI ranges between 18.5 and 25, so they say that this classifies Agnes as underweight.
She has been working as a model since she was 15 and last year, she came in third on Sweden’s Next Top Model.
However, now she works as a sales assistant in Stockholm because she can no longer make a living from modeling jobs.