Model criticizes fashion industry for encouraging unhealthy size expectations
This article contains references to eating disorders.
A New York-based TikToker and model Anna Gantt, 22, went viral after posting a TikTok where she criticized the fashion industry for its unhealthy size expectations.
In the video, which has racked up 14.5 million views since it was uploaded on October 21, Gantt broke down in tears and said she was injured by a producer and casting director who asked her to lose some weight.
For context, Gantt explains that she has been modeling since 2014, when she was a teenager. Since then, she has said she gained 35 pounds and went from a size 0/2 to a size 4/6.
âI’m boring everyday because I’m not a skeleton, and I’m not unhealthy anymore,â she said.
She continued, “I see on TikTok that everyone wants to be fashionable, everyone wants to be a model. I’m 5’10”, I’m in good health, I have suffered from an feeding for years, and I finally feel confident in my size.
Gantt did not reveal the name of the agency that asked her to lose weight, but apparently the casting director and producer said she needed it because they wanted to “see her bones.”
âLiving in this city will make you feel like shit on yourself, and it will make you feel like you are not enough and it will make you feel like you have to live an unhealthy lifestyle to get there,â said Gantt.
The model concludes by saying that she is “done” with the industry.
Gantt’s video has over 14 million views. Many people, including other models, also shared their support for Gantt.
âEff them. You are gorgeous, âmodel Tess Holliday wrote. âThe industry has to change, you don’t. “
“It’s heartbreaking,” wrote the TikTok account for Council of Fashion Designers of America. “You are beautiful.”
The Daily Dot reached out to Gantt via a TikTok comment.
* First published: October 24, 2021, 1:04 p.m. CDT
Alexandra Samuels is a national political reporter and contributor to The Daily Dot, where she started as an intern covering politics in the summer of 2016. She loves all things Marvel, keeps up with the latest TikTok trends, long walks with her puppy and reading. murder mystery novels.