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)