Calling Out a Magazine for Body Shaming Changed Nina Agdal's Career: 'I'm Being Very Selective'
Nina Agdal is changing her approach to her modeling career after calling out a magazine for body shaming
The Danish model, 25, was set to appear on the cover of Venice Ft. Lauderdale magazine after doing a lengthy shoot with them, but Agdal revealed on Instagram that the magazine refused to run the images because they claimed she didn’t fit into the sample size clothing and believed the photos “did not reflect well on my talent,” she said in January.
Her Instagram post about the incident went viral, and Agdal was applauded for speaking out about body shaming and standing her ground. Now, the model says she’s giving more thought to the jobs she takes on.
“I’m being very selective with what I’m doing right now because this is very important to me. I’m not trying to jump into whatever job jumps up,” Agdal told W magazine. “I just support people that truly believe that all women are beautiful. At the end of the day, there should be no judgment or body shaming on anyone. Obviously I want to continue modeling, but it is just going to be a different direction where I can speak my own story, too, and not just be a face.”
Agdal said she was nervous to share her Instagram post at first, but was glad to post something real.
“I was freaking out. For 30 minutes I just sat on my couch and cried. It felt like a relief to me, to finally say something this real,” she said. “Instagram is a perception game. It is not f—— reality. So to finally publish something that meant something to me, from me, definitely made me feel super emotional and vulnerable. But I felt happy. I am so happy I did it.”
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And the positive reaction made the experience even better.
“The support was overwhelming. I don’t even care about this, but it was the most viewed and commented and liked post that I’ve ever done on Instagram. It just shows how important this is,” Agdal said. “I read every single one of the comments. What meant a lot to me was parents writing and being like, ‘My girl is 14 years old and trying to [model], and I’m so happy you are doing this.’ “