Athletes & Celebrities

Nina Agdal Was Body-shamed by a Magazine, and She's Not Letting it Slide

The superfit model revealed that a magazine scrapped her feature due to her size, and that's pretty ridiculous.

Nina Agdal
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Nina Agdal is a force to be reckoned with in the modeling world. The Danish model is just 25, but she's already worked for the likes of Victoria's Secret and posed for several Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. She's also appeared in fashion editorials for Elle, Vogue Mexico, Cosmopolitan, and CR Fashion Book. Needless to say, she's got talent. 

But she recently took to Instagram to reveal that she was body-shamed by a magazine. According to Agdal's post, the publication sent an "unapologetic" email to her agent saying that it had scrapped an already-shot feature of Agdal because it "didn't reflect well on her talent" and "did not fit their market". What's more, the magazine's email claimed that Agdal's portfolio was misleading and that she didn't fit into the sample-size wardrobe (an allegation which Agdal says is false).

Her post was nothing short of inspirational, and the fact that someone who looks like Agdal was body-shamed says a lot about the scrutiny that models deal with on a regular basis.


Today, I’m disappointed and appalled at the still very harsh reality of this industry. A few months ago, I agreed to shoot with a creative team I believed in and was excited to collaborate with. When my agent received an unapologetic email concluding they would not run my cover/story because it “did not reflect well on my talent” and “did not fit their market,” the publisher claimed my look deviated from my portfolio and that I did not fit into the (sample size) samples, which is completely false. If anyone has any interest in me, they know I am not an average model body - I have an athletic build and healthy curves. After a tough year of taking a step back from the insensitive and unrealistic pressures of this industry and dealing with paralyzing social anxiety, I walked into that shoot as a 25 year old WOMAN feeling more comfortable in my own skin and healthier than ever before. Some days I’m a sample size, some days I’m a size 4, some a 6. I am not built as a runway model and have never been stick thin. Now more than ever, I embrace my curves and work diligently in the gym to stay strong and most of all, sane. I am proud to say that my body has evolved from when I started this crazy ride as a 16 year old GIRL with unhealthy and insufficient eating habits. So, shame on you and thank you to the publisher for reaffirming how important it is to live your truth and say it out loud, no matter who you are or what size. I decided to release an image to draw awareness and support of an issue that's bigger than just myself and affects so many people not just in the fashion industry, but in general, with the goal of bringing women from all over together in a celebration of our bodies. Let's find ways to build each other up instead of constantly finding ways to tear each other down. #bodyshaming #bodyimage #selfimage #dietculture #mybodymybusiness

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"Now more than ever, I embrace my curves and work diligently in the gym to stay strong and most of all, sane," the model wrote in the caption. She wrote that she knows she isn't built like a typical runway model, but that she's proud of her more athletic build and healthy curves. And, honestly, who wouldn't be? Agdal is superfit and absolutely stunning.

The model followed her post up with a video thanking her followers for their support and positive comments. She said she's "overwhelmed" with the support she's gotten.


"I'm going to support all of you, and I'm going to do the best I can to speak up about this and to make a change, because enough is enough," she said.

Enough is definitely enough, and it's about time the fashion industry comes around and embraces models who prioritize fitness rather than trying to maintain a stick-thin figure.

Follow Agdal on Instagram at @ninaagdal.

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