With the likes of model Ashley Graham stepping out for major brands, there’s been an increasing belief that the modeling industry’s concept of beauty is moving away from the realm of stick thin. But a recent Facebook post by Danish model Ulrikke Louise Lahn Høyer sadly shows it’s still not the case.
In a post written Thursday, the 20-year-old alleged she was fired from French fashion house Louis Vuitton’s recent Cruise show in Kyoto for being “too big” — and she’s a size 6.
As the model says in her post, she was initially flown to Paris to try on the outfits and audition for the show, and she was allegedly confirmed to model the Cruise collection before she even left the fitting. “I was excited to go to Japan and happy to know that even though I wasn’t in my skinniest ‘show-shape’ Louis Vuitton would still have me in their show,” she wrote. The day after she arrived in Kyoto, she had an additional fitting. “That day I ate a very small breakfast and had just water and tea before the fitting, because that’s how we do it … I tried my dress and the coat which I was confirmed fitted in Paris. I changed shoes and trousers a couple of times. Afterwards I tried on a puffy dress with a semi bare back and then I was done.”
But things went downhill pretty fast. “Later that night my French agent called me and told me that [the show’s casting agent] had said that there had been some problems during the fitting,” Høyer wrote. “According to her, I had ‘a very bloated stomach,’ ‘bloated face,’ and urged me to starve myself with this statement: ‘Ulrikke needs to drink only water for the next 24 hours.’ I was shocked when I heard it.”
The following morning, Høyer said that the casting agent checked to see what she was eating for breakfast, something she didn’t do with the other models: “She said good morning to me and the other girls and then looked at me, then down on my non-existent plate and up at me…