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Plus-Size Models Reveal Horrors Of An Industry That Refuses To Accept Curves (Video)

December 02, 2015 2 min read

Two of the fashion industry's most celebrated plus-size models, Barbie Ferreira and Sabina Karlsson, have a frightening story to tell. The pair took part in i-D's video series, Size Matters, revealing how difficult it is to work in an industry that values thin, "straight-size" models above everything else. The series explores the pressures put on models to be thin, or in some cases, gain weight so they can be in the plus-size category. Before working as a plus-size model, Karlsson walked the runway as a straight-size model. She says she used to always "stress out" before a show about the possibility that she wouldn't fit into the clothes and be sent home. "I already knew that I wasn't as skinny as most of the girls," she says. "I wasn't comfortable in my body." She said she was routinely told that she was "too big." Eventually, her agency told her they could not represent her any longer and she feared her career was over. Fortunately, it wasn't. Now working for Lane Bryant, Karlsson is grateful for the opportunity to embrace her natural body. "Using different kinds of models will help so many girls and women out there," she says. "I just want to see all types of girls in the media - size 16, a size 2, doesn't matter. I just want everyone to be brought together." Check out her video: https://youtu.be/_Pt4ygP-YVY [bctt tweet="Plus-Size Models Reveal Horrors Of An Industry That Refuses To Accept Curves (Video)"] Ferreira, who was given her big break by American Apparel, expresses a similar frustration at the industry standards. "The term plus-size is so inaccurate," she explains. "I am not plus-size. I have never really bought an article of clothing that is plus-size." Ferreira credits Instagram for allowing her, and many other models, an opportunity to book jobs. "It is almost like a business card," she says. "Here I am this is me raw, unsensored. Take it or leave it." Because these models are out there on social media, she believes it creates an environment where women can be successful in fashion without having to alter their bodies. Ferreira hits the nail on the head when she says, "bigger opportunities are being given to curvy girls, and I think it is time that we stop hating ourselves and feeding into the bullsh** so that we can fuel this billion dollar industry." Preach! Have a look at her video: https://youtu.be/yLbsnGDgf3U What do you think? Is there change in the air in the modelling industry or are things destined to remain the same? Source: Daily Mail [caption id="attachment_121550" align="alignleft" width="100"]@BodyRockTV @BodyRockTV[/caption] [caption id="attachment_121549" align="alignleft" width="100"]@BodyRockOfficial @BodyRockOfficial[/caption]

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