Dec 14, 2016 2:33PM

Barbie Ferreira Calls BS On Industry Body-Shaming

"Girls are not treated like people in this industry!!"

Bad bih Barbie Ferriera just wrote a smart thing about body-shaming in the modelling industry. In an Instagram post, Barbie calls bullshit on the unrealistic standards placed on all models — plus size or not. It was written following a Teen Vogue article that gave props to Barbie for sharing the following image of her stretch marks:

 

mi lil stripes are out here . soothing them with vitamin e oil n noticing how cute my body can be despite lil changes !!!

A photo posted by barbie ferreira not nox (@barbienox) on

 

In the post Barbie explains that the same day she shared the image a woman on a shoot asked her what was wrong with her hips; adding that this is something she regularly experiences. "Grown-ass adults commenting on my teenage body needing spanx, bra cutlets to make me look 'better' or Photoshopping my body to be 'smoother' right in front of me — most of the time by plus clients," she writes.

While this isn't new info it's cool to see Barbie using her platform to express the conflict she feels between representing curvy women and keeping it real. She also sheds light on the fact that the plus size industry is not immune to etch beauty standards, writing: "Not only the consumer is being told they're not good enough — even the girls in the pictures are given the same shit. But y'all got me trapped cuz I need to make a living and enjoy tf out of representing curvy girls all over!!!"

Read her post in full below.

 

Thank you @teenvogue for this write up. After I posted the picture of my stretch marks, not even a few hours later I was stood naked at work in front of strangers (super vulnerable position) and got asked what was wrong with my hips.. Pointing at my stretch marks. By a woman. Id be lying through my teeth if I didn't say micro-aggressions like this don't happen on the daily for me in this industry. And like I always do, I choke back the tears and keep going like nothing happened. Grown ass adults commenting on my teenage body needing spanx, bra cutlets to make me look "better" or Photoshopping my body to be "smoother" right in front of me- most of the time by plus clients. This industry is not cute, never has been. I don't want to sell you this idea that all these brands are so body positive when it's so few that actually represent what women look like not just an idealized version of a thick girl (like they try to do to me.) girls are not treated like people in this industry !! At all !! If you think my abuse is bad, ask a runway model who went from a 34 to a 35 inch hip.. They will tell you they flat out get told to starve and that they're looking fat. Shit isn't as pretty as it looks but.. I'm here to infiltrate from the inside. I truly don't know how much we can do as curvy models when we're still thought of as mannequins- just ones who are cursed to only wear peplums and tunics all day to cover our "flawed" bodies n show just our usually thin faces. Anyway, just wanted to rant because I am so privileged to be here but the flaws in this world make me feel like absolute garbage at the sake of getting paid and trying to spread my message. Not only the consumer is being told they're not good enough- even the girls in the pictures are given the same shit. But y'all got me trapped cuz I need to make a living and enjoy tf out of representing curvy girls all over !!! Jokes on me .

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Hopefully wise words like these can help the industry figure out how to treat people in 2016. 

Photos: @barbienox

Lucy Jones