The modeling industry has been facing more and more pressure to get with the program and stop holding women to ridiculously skinny standards, and model Charli Howard is joining in on the efforts.
Apparently, the British supermodel's modeling agency told her that she was too big and out of shape to work in the industry, which she found absurd. Instead of getting down on herself, or trying to change her body, she stood up to them.
"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' (like losing one f*cking inch off my hips), in the hope it might force you to find me work," she wrote in an Oct. 13 Facebook post following the incident.
"I refuse to feel ashamed and upset on a daily basis for not meeting your ridiculous, unobtainable beauty standards," she continued, citing the fact that those judging her can do whatever they want with their bodies.
Then she called out the biggest problem in the modeling industry:
"The more you force us to lose weight and be small, the more designers have to make clothes to fit our sizes, and the more young girls are being made ill. It's no longer an image I choose to represent," she wrote.
Howard has a point.
In a survey by the National Association of Eating Disorders, 86 percent of U.S. women reported having an eating disorder by age 20. And the mortality rate for young women between 15 and 24 years old with the diseases is 12 times higher than any other cause of death. The UK is facing the same epidemic, with an estimated 725,000 of its citizens having an eating disorder.
Charli Howard is refusing to give in to the industry that pressures women to fall into this trap:
"I do love modelling — the people I've met, the places I've visited and I am proud of the jobs I've done. I will continue to do it, but only on my terms. My mental and physical health is of more importance than a number on a scale, however much you wish to emphasise this," she wrote.
"Until (and if) an agency wishes to represent me for myself, my body & the WOMAN I've become, give me a call."
(H/T: Elite Daily)