Nina Agdal reveals to fans on Instagram her struggle with body image and why she took a year off from modeling. 

By Kelsey Hendrix and Andy Gray
January 12, 2018

Nina Agdal isn't afraid to keep it real, and in a new heartfelt Instagram post, the six-time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model is opening up about why she took a year off from modeling. 

"Today, I’m disappointed and appalled at the still very harsh reality of this industry."

She goes on to describe an incident with a magazine she had been looking forwarded to collaborating with. They booked Nina for a photo shoot, then told her that they wouldn't run the story because she didn't fit into sample sizes and didn't look like the photos in her portfolio. 

"A few months ago, I agreed to shoot with a creative team I believed in and was excited to collaborate with," Nina said in her Instagram post. "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."

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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It's refreshing to hear Nina, or any model for that matter, openly discuss her frustration with the industry and the "paralyzing social anxiety" she felt as a result. As you can tell from the image above, Nina has nothing to apologize for and her message of finding ways to build each other up instead of contantly tearing each other down should serve as an inspiration to everybody.

See all of Nina's incredible images from SI Swimsuit 2017:

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