The fashion industry has a reputation for being pretty unrealistic about people’s body image and sizing. This is changing; after all, body positive models like Ashley Graham are now rocking the cover of fashion bible Vogue. But that doesn’t mean the industry at large is out of the woods when it comes to body shaming comments, even for one of its most famous modern faces.
Karlie Kloss — model, Taylor Swift bestie, coder, and cookie fiend — sat on a panel with Hearst chief content officer Joanna Coles during the third day of the Cannes Lion festival. The conversation covered Karlie’s Kode with Klossy summer camp, which aims to get girls interested in computer science. But the convo also necessarily touched on the longtime model’s experiences within the fashion world.
There, Karlie revealed the kind of anecdote that makes fashion outsiders rightly ridicule the industry: one day, she was given different, opposing reasons for why she (in this case, her body) wouldn’t work for the job: “I was called both too fat and too thin by a casting agent on the same day.”
Uh, what? Look, Karlie’s had actually controversies in the fashion world before, but if a marquee standard bearer of the industry is still getting body shaming comments in either direction, what gives?
Though the comments clearly left an impact, Karlie’s gotten over them by focusing on her health, first and foremost, above any size or weight “goal”: “I don’t want to please anyone but myself.”
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