This Fat-Shamed Model’s Rant Against Agency Is a Win for Women of All Sizes

charli howardYou know the joke/truth about models being forced to lose weight even if they're pin thin? Well, one model at least won't stand for it. When Charli Howard's agents told her that as a model she was "too big" and "out of shape" to get work, the British stunner posted a brilliant retort on Facebook.

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You might not know Charli Howard by name. But you've probably seen her cheekbones somewhere -- Cosmo, maybe. Or in the pages of Harper's Bazaar or Glamour. She lives in the UK and has been modeling since she was 17.

Charli's 5'8" and a U.K. size 6-8 (which is basically a size 2-4 in the U.S.). In pictures she looks super-skinny. Still, as she told Dazed:

I noticed my anxiety was getting worse when I had to go into the [modeling] agency. I dreaded being measured or having to take bikini Polaroids. If I was a bit bigger one day, or had spots (like the fun times I was measured on my period), they'd turn down jobs until I lost it again -- which is hard for a woman when your body changes naturally throughout the month. I'm not a child.

Are we the only ones who think modeling sounds like the LEAST fun job ever?

Anyway, Charli was called into the agency one day. In front of everyone, she was thanked for trying to keep her weight down, but told it was so much of a problem that they were letting her go as a client.

Instead of running home and crying (although who knows, maybe she did that, too), Charli went onto FB and spoke her mind.

What she wrote is pretty awesome:

Here's a big F*** YOU to my (now ex) model agency, for saying...I'm 'too big' and 'out of shape' to work in the fashion industry. I will no longer allow you to dictate to me what's wrong with my looks and what I need to change in order to be 'beautiful' (like losing one f***ing inch off my hips), in the hopes it might force you to find me work.

But Charli's anger went far beyond how SHE'D been treated. As she pointed out:

The more you force us to lose weight and be small, the more designers have to make clothes to fit our sizes, and the more young girls are being made ill. It's no longer an image I want to represent.

She went on to say that she loves her body, even though THEY'VE deemed it "too curvaceous." And even when she was working out at the gym five hours a day, they still didn't think she was perfect enough.

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"My mental and physical health is of more importance than a number on a scale," she added.

In her interview with Dazed, Charli admitted she was surprised at the attention her post has gotten. But she hopes it spurs other models to stand up for themselves.

"Be braver than me and state to your agency that you will work at the size you're happiest at," she advised. "...Being a model does not define your beauty."

And with those words, Charli just became our favorite ROLE model of the day. Inner beauty, y'all. Never gets old.

 

Image via charlihoward/Instagram

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