Would you call this girl ‘too big’? The modelling industry would

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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