“I can’t win”

Size 6 model’s letter to agency that told her she was “too big” goes viral

Charli Howard. Photo via Instagram

Charli Howard, a 23-year old model who is 5’ 8” tall and U.K. size 6-8 (U.S. 2-4), but was still told by her agency that she could “lose an inch off her hips”, received an outpouring of online support after she hit back with an online open letter, where she argued that this mindset is making young girls ill. “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,” she wrote on Facebook. “It’s no longer an image I choose to represent. I cannot miraculously shave my hip bones down. Let’s face the facts: when I was 7-and-a-half-stone [105lbs], I still wasn’t thin enough for you. When I went to the gym 5 hours a week, you still weren’t finding me work. I can’t win.” Howard joins a long line of models who have started speaking out against unrealistic body standards. Last month, for example the 23-year old Australian model Rosie Nelson, after she was told by her agency to “get down to the bone” started a government petition to protect vulnerable young men and women in the industry, which already amassed some 90,000 signatures.

Read the full story at The Telegraph.


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