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She’s one of Ireland’s best known faces, but that doesn’t mean Roz Purcell’s modelling career has been totally free from worry.

In a new interview with the Diary, the Tipperary native has revealed how in the past she felt pressurised to lose weight for work, but claims that these days she’s more interested in feeling well than being slim.

Speaking of her time in the States, the 26-year-old said: “When you’re in a job that’s based on aesthetics people feel they can comment on your aesthetics.  When I was modelling abroad, people would just say things to you…They would say you need to lose weight, straight up.”

 

Enjoying the #prideofirelandawards on @utvireland Alan was a deserving winner and delighted I got to meet Adi Roche

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Since changing her career focus, Roz admits she has become less stressed about her weight.

“I had such baby fat and my eyebrows were different.”

“You learn through your makeup like using lip liner. Before, lip liner wasn't really a thing. There's a lot of different elements through the years that I have changed.”

“I don't really know how much I weigh.  I'm more about how I feel now and I'm not obsessed with weighing myself at all.  I used to be, but I've taken a step back from it.”

The Natural Born Feeder creator – who is currently dating music promotor Zach Desmond – also confessed that dealing with her sister’s leukaemia diagnosis has given her a new outlook on life.

“I used to be a really anxious person but since Rachel, I have completely changed.”

“I don’t worry about anything.  Stress is a contributor to so many different things, I completely avoid it.  I would always look for what could go wrong.  Nothing keeps me awake at night now.”

 

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With her clear skin, long blonde hair and a height of 5' 10", you'd think Swedish beauty Agnes Hedengard would make the perfect catwalk model.

But the 19-year-old reveals that she has struggled to find work in the industry, as many agents claim she is simply "too big" for the catwalk.

"According to the modelling industry, you cannot look like this. You need to be thinner," Agnes explains in a YouTube video as she poses in a bikini in front of her bedroom mirror. 

"I have been in contact with big agencies and clients that really want to work with me, but as soon as they get hold of my measurements, it’s a whole other story."

Despite her rail-thin frame, Agnes said the size of her bum and hips have been criticised by modelling agents. With a BMI of 17.5, Agnes is technically underweight, but she is still told to shed the pounds.

"They are like, 'No, she's too big, she needs to get into better shape… she's way too big,'" the Stockholm-based model says.

Agnes' slender frame comes as the result of months of dieting, after she decided in February 2014 that she wanted to seriously focus on a career in modelling. And while she still struggles to find work, she says she refuses to take her weight loss to an excessive level.

 

February-June-November 2014! I love myself and my body in every picture. Basically in the first pic I ate very unhealthy, I could eat a jar of Nutella everyday. I did not think about what I put in to my body. Which is perfectly fine! But then I decided to give my model carrier serious chance. Then I started to workout, stop eat fast foods and it was byebye Nutella. I'm perfectly fine, I feel good and all that. If it would effect me in a bad way I wouldn't do it. And trust me, the Nutella jar is coming out from the pantry time to time. I want to share my journey, just like everyone else. I think everyone is beautiful in their own way, and this is my body and I do whatever I want with it. (I DO NOT STARVE MYSELF)

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"I’ve had anorexic thoughts, but I’ve fought against them. It’s hard, but if you put all the energy you normally would waste on these thoughts towards loving yourself instead, they can’t hurt you," she says.

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As a former catwalk queen and the creator of America's Next Top Model, Tyra Banks knows a thing or two about the industry.

She has always campaigned for diversity in modelling, having famously featured plus-size and transgender models on ANTM, and yesterday Tyra took to social media to express her upset with the way the industry works these days.

"Models have so much pressure today… They have to be slimmer than slim. Skinnier than skinny," the TV star wrote. "When I was a young model, yeah, we had to think about our weight, but not like today. I think I was size 6, not a size 0."

Tyra also lamented the fact that so many models book jobs today based on their social media popularity more than on their catwalk skills. And if you take a look at the most sought-after models of 2015  Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Jourdann Dunn, Karlie Kloss  their stats don't lie. Kendall alone has 29.5m followers on Instagram, with the others all racking up at least a million apiece.

Speaking about the changes that have happened since her own modelling days, Tyra said she didn't envy those working today. " They have to compete with actresses, recording artists and reality stars for magazine covers and ad campaigns," she wrote. 

"They have to have tons of followers on social media to book top notch jobs. And they have to do selfies that make them look relatable, but not TOO relatable, because then people may comment that they don't understand, 'Why the heck is THAT girl a friggin' model??!!!!'"

Accompanying her Instagram post was an image of a young Tyra backstage at a YSL show looking decidedly under-dressed compared to models these days:

"Yep, that's teenaged me right before a YSL show was about to start in sneakers, plaid flannel and bad jeans. Mr. Yves Saint Laurent could care how I looked when I arrived to his show. But when I hit his stage, he expected excellence," the 41-year-old explained. "And I made sure I delivered that every time I was chosen to walk his amazing runway."

Tyra finished her rant by sending "love and hugs to all working, aspiring and super models worldwide" adding "stay strong girls." 

This is the second time this month that Tyra has had people talking on Instagram, having shared a beautiful no-make up selfie last week and telling her followers, "You deserve to see the REAL me. The REALLY real me."

Could we love her any more?

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Thalia Heffernan, who has been linked with One Direction’s Niall Horan, has spoken out about the level of bitchiness within the modelling industry.

The Dublin blonde said that other models aren’t all that nice: “It’s not the most friendly environment. The models don’t really care for you that much. A lot of them just regard you as competition, especially if you’re in any way similar.

“The blonde girl might not even speak to me, or the girl with the same skin tone, or the same height.

“I’m very friendly, maybe a bit too much sometimes, and they don’t know how to react when I bound into a room and they are intimidated by me for the wrong reasons.”

Thalia says she tried to tone down her bubbly nature to fit in: “I tried being a cow, too, but it was too hard.”

Oh well, there goes that idea! Since being a cow didn’t work out, Thalia has decided to just focus on the positive: “People will say how lucky I am, or that they idolise me, or that they admire me, which is nice, and I have to focus on that and not the person who says a negative that pulls me down.

“It’s a battle, but it’s a battle that comes with the job description. I’m happy with my choice, but it has chosen me, too. I haven’t denied it, and it’s incredible, it really is.”

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