With an impressive modeling portfolio, a burgeoning film career, and her own lingerie line, business is booming for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley—but sometimes when I think about what she (and countless others like her who may not have made it this far) went through to get there… ugh. Just ugh.
In a profile of her running in The Guardian (right now, Rosie recalls an incident that occurred long before she was a “money girl”—that is, a model who pulls in six figures or more. She left home at 16 to pursue modeling; and once upon a time when she was just starting out, one agent’s advice to her included eating “a single piece of sushi a day”—and that’s it. As in, each day, you are allowed to consume a single piece of sushi and nothing else.
“Yikes” doesn’t even begin to cover it.
Which is why I was enormously relieved to read Rosie’s next statement. “My eloquent response,” she told The Guardian, “was: ‘Go f**k yourself!’”
Good for her. Seriously. The modeling industry is not kind to just about everyone, and young models have it particularly bad. The fact that she was willing to stand up for herself is heartening; it’s definitely something more young models need to hear.
The bigger problem, though—and it’s not a new one, but this anecdote drives it home yet again—is this: Good god, how on earth is the state of the modeling industry such that you can actually SAY something like “eat a single piece of sushi a day” and call it “career advice?” There’s been a slow transformation going on with such movements as Healthy Is the New Skinny and Nikki Muffoletto’s Kickstarter documentary, but there’s a long way to go yet. I hope we’ll get there, though. I really do. And I’m sure I’m not alone here.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.
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