A British model wrote a stinging open letter on Facebook criticising her agency for their “unobtainable beauty standards.”
Charli Howard, in her Facebook post, wrote, “Here’s a big F*** YOU to my (now ex) model agency, for saying that at 5″8 tall and a UK size 6-8 (naturally), I’m “too big” and “out of shape” to work in the fashion industry. I will no longer allow you to dictate to me what’s wrong with my looks and what I need to change in order to be “beautiful.”
The Facebook post has gone viral and has been shared multiple times on different social networking websites since the time it has been posted.
Howard, through her post, points out the shortcomings of an industry that only allows a certain body-type which, for many, is inhuman. “I have fought nature for a long time, because you’ve deemed my body shape too “curvaceous”,” she wrote.
In her blog, published by Huffington post, Howard further explains why the modelling agencies need to change. She describes how agencies in different countries demand different body-types which is not good for a model’s health.
“But it is not a career. There’s no guarantee of money nowadays or landing a huge campaign. It is a game that many girls can’t play long enough. It has a shelf-life, which is why agencies will push you as hard as possible,” says Howard. Also, she emphasizes the need for choosing beauty over measurements.
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