“Don’t Tell Me To Lose Weight!” Declares Super Fit 21-Year-Old Sports Illustrated Model

Sports Illustrated model Nina Agdal poses after the opening bell at NASDAQ Market Site on September 13, 2013 in New York City.

Sports Illustrated model Nina Agdal poses after the opening bell at NASDAQ Market Site on September 13, 2013 in New York City.

Nothing unleashes a rolling groan across the internet faster than a young, super conventionally hot swimsuit/lingerie model talking about loving her curves or industry pressures to look any more Maxim-ready than they already do.

Which isn’t fair, of course; models (even the super kind) are routinely subjected to far worse abuse of their self esteem than any professionals we can think of. As Miranda Kerr recently noted, models are some of the most insecure people on the planet–despite winning the genetic lottery, they’re told all day long that their nose is too wide or their eyes are too close together or that someone younger, taller and thinner is just around the corner.

Which brings us to Nina Agdal, 21-year-old Sports Illustrated model and onetime Adam Levine-girlfriend. She’s got a feature in the latest issue of Ocean Drive (a Miami-themed magazine?) and they asked her precisely about those pressures…

In your career, were you ever pressured about your weight?
There have been times when people have told me to lose weight or tone up certain areas. There is a difference between toning up and losing weight. You shouldn’t tell skinny girls to lose weight because it hurts. It hurts no matter who you are and how skinny you are or how big you are. If somebody tells you to lose weight, it is like a punch in the face.

While we sympathize with that first part–it’s gross that people have told her to lose weight! she looks like a Photoshopped version of a person!–we’re a little put off by the, “You shouldn’t tell skinny girls to lose weight because it hurts” bit.

Still, Agdal manages to sound remarkably level-headed when asked if she learned anything from her brief stint as an Adam Levine girlfriend:

“[No.] I am 21 years old, and I don’t think anyone who is 21 knows what love is about yet. I think love just happens. It happened to [Levine and model fiance Behati Prinsloo] and I’m happy for them. I am not even worried about anything like that. If something is meant to be, then it will be. I feel like so many young girls have this idea of a relationship or marriage or love and [they] don’t even know. We are 21 years old, okay? Go out, have a tequila, and stop worrying about it.”

(via Ocean Drive)

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    • Julia Sonenshein

      Wow, I visibly winced when she said that bit about not telling skinny girls to lose weight.

      • CMc

        Why did you wince?

      • Julia Sonenshein

        Because the implied next part is “tell non-skinny women to lose weight,” as opposed to “don’t tell anyone to lose weight.”

      • CMc

        Oh ok. I didn’t read it that way. I took it as she’s skinny so she first addressed the question from that perspective. Then she elaborated it to include people of all sizes with her next sentence.

        Forgive me, I’m going to rant here for a second.

        There has been a constant flow of articles online championing plus size women for being happy with their bodies. Good. There are articles championing women in general to feel happy with their bodies. Also good. Lately, there are articles about skinny models providing their opinions on weight issues. These are met with criticism.

        I think everyone’s opinion is valid and important to the overall conversation of 1) Not shaming women because of their size and 2) Promoting women to be happy with whatever size they are. I feel like there is an understandable sensitivity when skinny people try and join the conversation. Again, I fully understand the sensitivity, but I don’t like the double standard it presents. Sometimes we need to sit back, take things at face value, and look at the overall message. Her overall message is good. Fat shaming hurts no matter what your size is.