Tuesday, July 13, 2010

16 Years Old, Size 4, and "Too Big"?

Reality TV series “Australia’s Next Top Model” features a teen contestant kicked off of the catwalk for being “too big".

Ashlea Monigatti, 16, said she was "embarrassed" and shamed into eating salad after being excluded from a parade at the recent Australian Fashion Week in Sydney.

The schoolgirl, who has a 32.2-inch chest, a 24.9-inch waist, and 34-inch hips, said the decision was made by producers and stylists from Harper's Bazaar fashion magazine.

"I've never worried about my weight before, but I did when I arrived that day because the other girls were so skinny. It was a bit unfair because they didn't even let me try the clothes on ... they just looked at me and said I was too big," the teen said.

The show's model mentor Josh Flinn defended the program, saying: "This is not about negative body image, it's a show about finding the right person for the job. If anything, it's a realistic view of the industry."

It may be realistic, but that doesn't mean it's right. Here's another picture of the girl who was "too big":