Cameron Russell: "I tell girls: "You don't want to be a model. You want to be my boss."
Lizzie Velasquez: "How do you define yourself?"
Modeling is a choice. Nobody's forcing this woman to do this for a living. So I find it difficult to feel sympathy for the fact that her career may be over any day now. She's not modeling against her will, she made a choice.
At five feet nine, 135 pounds, and a size six, I didn’t really understand. I was tall and skinny. What did it matter if I had 37-inch hips? Yet, when my agent handed me a list of foods I could and could not eat, I said yes. On the list: chicken, fish, steamed vegetables, and other sources of lean protein, like almonds and eggs. Pretty much every other kind of food item (especially bread) was off limits. As a 19-year-old whose concept of nutrition went as far as her university’s dining hall, I didn’t understand that 800 calories a day countered by two hours of exercise was a starvation diet, something capable of doing long-term damage to my metabolism. I lost 20 pounds in seven weeks, going from a size six to a size two—a drastic weight loss, which terrified my family and delighted my agent. Miserable and frail, I was promptly sent to work in New York City.
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