From the outside looking in, it appears that supermodels have the ultimate lifestyle. They earn huge amounts of money, have access to the world's most exclusive designers and have a career which allows them to travel across the globe. It's difficult to imagine that anyone would be unhappy with this lifestyle, but unfortunately we are not looking at the bigger picture.
Earlier in May this year, Cara Delevingne, one of the highest-earning supermodels in the world, told the Wall Street Journal that modeling was "horrible" and she couldn't wait to become an actor. The 23-year-old confessed, "It's horrible living in a world where I'll get a call from someone saying, so-and-so says you were partying a lot and you were looking this way and you need to lose weight. It makes me so angry. If you don't want to hire me, don't hire me."
Cara is not the only model to come forward to complain about how badly they were treated by the industry. Here we explore many other cases of emotional abuse, backstabbing, scandals and secrets that the fashion industry don't want you to know.
14 Size Zero Is Considered "Too Fat"
In a shocking report published by the Daily Mail, 19-year-old Swedish model Agnes Hedengård (pictured above) was told that her "hips were too wide" and her "butt was too big" for the fashion industry. Her current BMI is at 17.5 which is classed medically as underweight.
In an eye-opening YouTube video she claimed, "According to the modeling industry, you cannot look like this. You need to be thinner. I have been in contact with big agencies and clients that really want to work with me, but as soon as they get ahold of my measurements, its a whole other story."
13 Some Agencies Expect You To Model Topless At Just 16-Years-Old
In 2013, ex-Victoria's Secret model Kylie Bisutti released her own life story to the public about her life as a runway model before she quit to become a full-time Christian.
In one excerpt she revealed, "While I was still going to church and consulting my Bible, I was so desperate to succeed in the business that I complied when my agent told me, 'All models have a topless shot.' I was only 16."
12 Photographers Reportedly Subject Models To Sexual Abuse
In a deeply harrowing case, involving world-famous photographer Terry Richardson and models he had previously worked with, there were serious allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct. Last year Styleite magazine published a Complete Timeline of Abuse with statements from ten different models who had worked with Richardson over the years.
The horrifying details included defiling a young model's face, revealing himself in front of models, requesting that they pleasure him and take photos of him naked. Model Sarah Hilker, who was 17-years-old when she met Richardson, is reported as revealing, "My 'friend' looked at me and actually said, "It’s not who you know, it’s who you bl*w!"
11 They Pocket The Cash For Hotel Rooms
British model Erin O'Connor shared her modeling secrets with TV show Xposé back in 2007. The documentary explored the daily life of models and celebrities in Hollywood. The 6ft beauty revealed that she when she receives a travel allowance for hotels, she pockets the cash and slums it in a hostel or on a friend's couch instead.
When a model is booked by a client they occasionally have their travel and accommodation allowance in advance. Savvy savers like O'Connor can end a year with thousands extra in their back pocket if they rough it out each night they are away.
10 They Often Read Pro-Anorexia Blogs
Models are always on the lookout for quick fixes to keep their weight down and none offer more resources than pro-anorexia blogs. One blog Pro-Ana Lifestyle Forever offers some deeply disturbing advice on keeping skinny.
The advice urges you to spin around in circles until you're so nauseous you can't eat, chew sugar free gum instead of having a meal, try to enjoy your hunger pains as if they are pleasure, look at yourself naked in a mirror, stare at images of 'thinspirational' women and most disturbing of all - watch people eat to remind yourself how disgusting it looks.
9 The Cotton Ball Diet
Model Bria Murphy, daughter of actor Eddie Murphy, appeared in the 2009 series of America's Next Top Model. In an interview with Good Morning America, she revealed that she had witnessed models eating cotton balls dipped in juice and eating them.
This diet is a fashion industry secret as models have the sensation of feeling full without gaining any weight. Medical experts have labeled this trend as “very, very dangerous”, the cotton balls are bleached with chemicals which are not safe for consumption.
8 They Are Constantly Under Pressure To Abuse Drugs
British presenter Tess Daly was a model before her TV career took off. In an interview with British tabloid Mirror, she spoke about all the drug abuse she witnessed during this time. She recalls, “I remember seeing supermodels hand-in-hand heading to the toilets all the time."
She also exposed the pressure that even her own management put on her to indulge in drugs. The mother-of-two said, "Taking drugs, for example, was seen as an essential part of “fitting in” – particularly with your model agent, the person who secured the jobs and effectively held your future in their hands."
7 The Drugs Are Free
If you really want to know about the seedy, behind-the-scenes life of modeling then the first person you should ask is Janice Dickinson. The self-proclaimed world's first supermodel admitted that she has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction during her time on Celebrity Rehab.
Now aged 60-years-old, she confessed that every photo shoot she was booked for had plenty of drugs and alcohol all for free. She would work long hours during the day on modeling jobs, then the promoters and managers would take her out at night to binge even more.
6 There Is No Regulation In Place
British model Rosalie Nelson grabbed the attention of politicians after her petition for better regulation in the modeling industry gained 55,000 signatures. The new regulations state that, "agencies managing and recruiting models have a responsibility to the wellbeing of girls on the catwalk at fashion week, and in the industry as a whole."
In an interview with Vogue magazine, 23-year-old Nelson spoke of her own difficulties in modeling. She revealed, "When I walked into one of the UK's biggest model agencies last year they told me I ticked all the boxes except one - I needed to lose weight. So I did. Four months later I lost nearly a stone, two inches off my hips. When I returned to the same agency they told me to lose more weight, they wanted me down to the bone."
5 Diversity Is Still A Struggle In The Fashion Industry
Last year, business woman Nafisa Kaptownwala set up her own modeling agency, named Lorde, where she only employed non-caucasian models. Her aim was to help promote diversity in the fashion industry, but there may still be a long way to go until then. The 26-year-old told The Guardian, "There’s not a massive demand because this is still a radical idea and people in fashion are not really ready for it."
Janice Dickinson, who is Polish, also ranted on America's Next Top Model about being one of the first to bring diversity onto the runway. She said, "I was the world's first supermodel, and Tyra and all the other models owe me at least a Christmas card every year because I broke down the ethnic barrier to begin with. Back in the day, I was having doors shut in my face for having (big) lips and being 'too ethnic'."
4 The Bigger The Star Means The Bigger The Diva
Of course the modeling world is no stranger to a fashionable diva strop, but this behavior is only tolerated from the biggest names of the runway. Stylist magazine reported that Kate Moss demands a smoking shelter at every show, so she doesn't have to walk her kitten heels far for a drag. Naomi Campbell, well known for her arrest which involved kicking and spitting at police officers, demands that nobody faces her when she walks into a room.
Brazilian beauty Gisele Bündchen refuses to take payment in dollars ever since the recession and always demands euros only. Any other model acting like this would be shown the door immediately. However, these ladies have been in the game so long that they make their own rules.
3 There Isn't Much Brain Power Behind Their Work
Over the course of just a few years, Cara Delevingne reached worldwide success as a model and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the business including Mulberry, Dior and Chanel. Her advice to aspiring models? Do something else.
In an interview with The Guardian, the 23-year-old was asked if she had a daughter would she let her be a model. She replied, "I’d say no, if that’s all she aspired to. You know, I get a lot of girls who say, I just want to be a model so badly. And I think: You can do better than that. I mean, look, I do love it, I’m not saying anything bad about it, it’s just, if you have a brain, which everyone does, use it and try and do something else."
2 There Is A Lot Of Bullying
Poor Kendall Jenner, she has first hand experience of how deep the claws can scratch in the cruel world of runway models. Hollywood Life reported earlier this year, "The other models like to pull cruel pranks on her too, like hiding her favorite hairspray. They also like to lead her on a wild goose chase by telling her someone was looking for her in her dressing room just before she’s supposed to take the stage."
Due to her celebrity status as part of the Kardashian-Jenner family, as well as her momager, Kris Jenner, landing her the big modeling gigs - it all adds together that the 19-year-old isn't favoured amongst the other models. With hundreds of girls competing for the big runway jobs, there is so much tension that this often can turn quite nasty.
1 They Earn Extra Cash As High-End Escorts
Chrissy Teigan, who is now married to singer John Legend, once had a highly lucrative career as a model who travelled the world. Last year, she exposed the secret dealings of models and how they make extra money as $30,000 a night hookers in the South of France. She told Du Jour magazine in her typically self-depreciating manner, "A lot of models go there to make their side money. I’m definitely not worth $30,000. I don’t really have much to offer."