A Swedish women has outed some of the modeling industry's ridiculous standards. The former model Agnes Hedengård claims that she can no longer get work in the industry and has been told she is "too big."
The now 19-year-old has been modeling since she was 14, but has fallen out of favor because agencies see her butt and mid-section as too big and too wide, respectively. While you can clearly tell just from looking at Hedengård that she is very thin, she also notes that she has a BMI of 17.5. If Hedengård lived in another country countries, like France, Spain, and Israel, she would actually fall below the BMI floor that has been set there.
BMI calculates your body height based on height and weight, and a metric of 17.5 would actually be underweight by a full point, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. At 5' 11", Hedengård only weighs somewhere between 125 and 130 pounds. Her inability to no longer get work in the industry is ludicrous, especially when you consider that studies have found skinny models don't help sales at all.