Whitney Thompson, plus size winner of America’s Next Top Model, speaks candidly with Huffington Post

I love Whitney Thompson. I really do. After reading this interview she recently did with the Huffington Post I want to run up and give the girl a great big hug. Women in fashion, particularly models, are so careful not to rock any boats as they know their career can come to an end because of one truthful sentence.  Whitney has thrown caution to the wind and given an interview that will definitely see many in the industry with ruffled feathers. Here are some choice quotes I’m smiling over this evening…

First up, we’ll start with why we won’t be seeing Whitney in a Chanel campaign. Wouldn’t worry, Whit.  Karl doesn’t use plus size models anyway. If Crystal Renn is considered plus size in the work she has done for him then I’m the next Cindy Crawford!…

Karl Lagerfeld two years ago was saying the only people who care about plus size are the fat mummies sitting on their couches eating crisps. Now he’s shooting the plus issue for V, are you kidding? Really V, you forgot about that? I mean, it was a huge issue. And he has a Chanel line for plus girls and Crystal Renn’s in it and it’s so fake, it’s so phony and people just jump on the bandwagon. So I think it’s important to do research and be smart about the companies that you do support.

Second, finding an agent may be out of the question…

“…models get treated like crap. Worse than anyone. We get fed last, we don’t sleep, they treat you like nothing. When you think about it, everyone thinks modeling is so glamorous, but you don’t get to say what you wear, you don’t get to say how you look, what your hair color is, what length it is, where you live, what you do — you have no voice at all. And the bookers — because I was a straight-size model growing up in high school, and my hips were always one inch too big — and, yeah, you have 45-year-old men saying, “You’re too fat.” You’re a teenage girl. It’s really disgusting. It’s an awful industry and, yeah, there is no soul in modeling.”

Do you think Vogue will work with her after this?…

“I applaud Vogue for having a shape issue, but screw Vogue for not having shapes in every issue. It’s B.S. It’s frustrating. It’s infuriating because we have to be excited, we have to be thrilled that there’s one issue that has girls who eat. Great! But it should be in every issue. So I think we have to keep fighting. “

Then the entire truth is spoken about the industry in general…

“The majority of girls who do runway shows are 16 and under. Agencies and designers look for girls who haven’t hit puberty yet and so we ship these girls in from Russia and Brazil and they’re 14 and they don’t speak English and these are the girls that I go to castings with. That’s fine, they’re all great and young and “naturally skinny,” when they’re 14 — most people are. But then once they hit puberty, 16 and 17, they have to do drugs, they’re doing cocaine, they’re smoking cigarettes all day every day, they’re doing the lemonade cleanse because if they don’t then they get shipped back to wherever they came from, and that’s just how the industry works.”

See why I applaud Whitney Thompson and also The Huffington Post for printing the article?! Bravo, ladies!

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