Nina Agdal Talks Being Body-Shamed by Magazine: 'Enough Is Enough'

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Nina Agdal is continuing to speak out against body-shaming. 

During an appearance on Megyn Kelly Today on Monday, the 25-year-old model opened up about her reaction to a magazine allegedly not running her cover because she did not fit into sample sizes.

"I can't stand up for this anymore. It's always been that models are coat hangers, but that is not how it is anymore. Like, enough is enough, and I can see that from the response," Adal told Kelly. "Everybody is like, 'We can't relate to these unrealistic body images,' and it creates this illusion that women are supposed to be [size] 0 or 00."

"These sample sizes that I'm supposed to fit in are actually tailored even more. So it's less than a 0, and it's promoted everywhere...and the fact that this publisher came after me when I was feeling so healthy and happy, I felt personally attacked," she shared. 

Agdal first spoke up about the issue in a powerful essay on her Instagram on Friday, alongside the photo her magazine allegedly decided not to run. 

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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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"I was like, 'You know what? I can't take this anymore.' I have to stand up for all the girls and women out there, because enough is enough, and I can't be a part of this big lie and this perception game that's going on," Agdal said on Megyn Kelly Today. "I'm just not going to participate in that anymore." 

Agdal isn't the only one to clap back at body-shamers. See what Ireland Baldwin had to say in the video below. 

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