Underweight Swedish Model Fights Industry That Calls Her 'Too Big' (Video)

| by Lauren Briggs

A Swedish model is fighting back against the fashion industry in a video (below) uploaded Monday, after agencies and clients rejected the underweight woman for being "too big."

The Daily Mail reports that 19-year-old Agnes Hedengard, from Arvika, Sweden, struggles to find full-time modeling work due to her size.

"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," she says in a video that she posted to YouTube.

"They are like, 'No, she's too big; she needs to get in a better shape; we will not work with her; whoa, no, she's way too big,' she added.

The 5-foot-11 model has a body mass index of 17.5, which is below the recommended healthy range of 18.5 to 25 and classifies her as underweight.

The young beauty has been working as a model for five years and came in third place on Sweden's Next Top Model in 2014. Despite her credentials, she recently had to start working as a sales assistant to make ends meet, since she now works very seldom as a model.

"According to the modeling industry, you cannot look like this," she says in the video, pointing to her figure. "You need to be thinner."

She made the video, she says, to bring attention to the modeling industry's warped views of women and to let people know that somebody as thin as she is considered fat.

"I can't get booked for any jobs, or I don't get enough to make a living out of it," she said. "Modeling is more like a part-time job now.

"I gave [the modeling world] a shot for a year -- I barely ate, and counting calories was a daily chore. I have anorectic thoughts, but I fight them constantly.

"It's hard, but if you put all the energy you normally would waste on these eating disorder-thoughts towards instead loving yourself, the bad comments are like water off a duck's back."

Sources: Daily Mail, YouTube / Photo Credit: Screenshot/YouTube