Danish model Ulrikke Hoyer took to social media to claim she was dropped from a Louis Vuitton show for being “too big”.
The model – who was due to walk for Louis Vuitton’s cruise show in Japan on Sunday 14 May – posted on Facebook and Instagram a description of her ordeal.
Hoyer claims in her Instagram post that she was told by casting agents to “drink only water for the next 24 hours” before a fitting – due to her “bloated face” and “a very bloated stomach” – despite being a “size 34-36”.
But the fitting never happened and Hoyer was sent back home.
I just returned from Tokyo/Japan, where Louis Vuitton held a beautiful cruise show in Kyoto, I just never made it to Kyoto cause I was canceled for the show due to being ‘too big’. (I’m a size 34-36) Ashley Brokaw’s caster Alexia had said that there had been some problems during the fitting. According to her I had “a very bloated stomach”, “bloated face”, and urged me to starve myself with this statement “Ulrikke needs to drink only water for the next 24 hours”. I was shocked when I heard it. I woke up at 2am and was extremely hungry. The breakfast started at 6:30am – I had the absolute minimum. I was afraid to meet Alexia so my luck she didn’t arrive until 8am, when my plate was taken off the table. She said good morning to me and the other girls and looked at me, then down on my non-existent plate and up at me again. She was checking if I had been eating food. At 7pm my mother agent from Denmark called my to tell the sad news that Louis Vuitton had chosen to cancel me from the show without the refitting and that I was going to be sent back home. Not only did I have a belly, my face was puffy now also my back was a problem. I am glad I’m 20 years old with an elite sports background and not a 15 year old girl, who are new to this and unsure about herself, because I have no doubt that I would then have ended up very sick and scarred long into my adult life. TO READ THE FULL STORY CLICK IN MY BIO!!!!!!! #LVCruise2018 #mistreatmentofmodels #AshleyBrokaw #thefutureisfemale #sowhyeatingdisorders #youknowitstrue #shareifyoucare #jamespscully
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After returning from Japan, Hoyer posted to her personal Facebook page on Wednesday 17 May.
“I just returned from Tokyo in Japan, where Louis Vuitton held a beautiful cruise show in Kyoto, I just never made it to Kyoto because I was cancelled for the show due to being ‘too big’. I’m a size 34-36,” Hoyer said.
“Just before 12am my fitting got rescheduled to an unknown time later that day. It didn’t happen because at 7pm my mother agent from Denmark called me to tell me the sad news that Louis Vuitton had chosen to cancel me from the show – without the refitting – and that I was going to be sent back home.”
The 20-year-old model – who has previously walked for Louis Vuitton’s spring 2017 show, and other household names such as Chloe, Stella McCartney and Alexandre Vauthier – had been looking forward to the opportunity.
“What should have been a truly amazing and unique experience ended up being a very humiliating experience,” she said.
Hoyer wanted to make it clear with her post that changes need to be made towards models.
“This is not about me being cancelled from a show, I’ve tried that before (all girls on my level have) you win some, and you lose some – that’s the game.
“But I cannot accept the ‘normality’ in the behaviour of people like this. They find pleasure in power over young girls and will go to the extreme to force an eating disorder on you.
Hoyer noted that if she had been younger the ordeal would have been far worse.
“I am glad I am 20 and not a 15-year-old girl, who is new to this and unsure about herself, because I have no doubt that I would then have ended up very sick, and scarred long into my adult life.”
HuffPost UK reached out to Louis Vuitton who declined to comment – and Ashley Brokaw Casting who has yet to respond. We will update this article accordingly.
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