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Model Reveals She’s Urged To Wear A ‘Fat Suit’ For A Plus-Size Ad


Model Reveals She’s Urged To Wear A ‘Fat Suit’ For A Plus-Size Ad

This practice perpetuates harmful body standards.

Karoline Bjørnelykke recently exposed the unknown of the modeling industry. In her TikTok clip, Karoline claimed she’s a plus-sized model and often works with brands interested in sizes XL to 5XL. The model who had walked the runway for Louis Vuitton and Armani also claimed she’s urged to bring padding to work for some plus-size brands and even shared how she assembles the pieces. 

Karoline Bjørnelykke sparked outrage after revealing she wears a “fat suit” to appear in plus-sized ads.

“If you have eyes, you can see that I’m not that size. So how do we fix this?” Karoline said in her video. She added that some brands hire slimmer models for plus-size photoshoots because “they want the neck and the face to look slim and sharp.”  She also insisted that the practice perpetuates harmful body standards.

A few months back, she took to TikTok said she would expose “a secret from the modeling industry.”

Karoline Bjørnelykke via TikTok

And in her video, Karoline shared a mirror selfie showing off her slender physique.

Karoline Bjørnelykke via TikTok

“Which doesn’t only create unrealistic standards, but impossible ones. My suggestion is to use real plus-size women because there are so many gorgeous plus-size women out there.” Karoline called out the lack of styles in plus-size markets and even asked that brands for once should avoid outfits that are horrifically ugly for plus-sized women


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She then stated that she is often hired to appear in ads for sizes XL through 5XL.

Karoline Bjørnelykke via TikTok

The model reveals the padding and how she transforms into a “plus-size model.”

Karoline Bjørnelykke via TikTok

Sharing the mentioned above online had been inspired by Karoline’s friend in London. Karoline, who worked as a plus-size model for 5years, said she had asked her friend how modeling was going, and she replied that she was still on the plus-size/curve board. Karoline noted that her friend is VERY THIN but worked while using padding.

Karoline shared that most brands prefer to hire thinner women instead of actual plus-size models.

Karoline Bjørnelykke via TikTok

And it’ because they still want the neck and the face to look slim and sharp.

Karoline Bjørnelykke via TikTok

“I want the consumers to know about this since I believe a lot of the power lies with them if we want to change the industry. They can make better choices and also don’t feel bad when not looking like the models in the ads,” Karoline said in an interview with INSIDER. While her TikTok clip received praise, a few audiences criticized her.

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Karoline concluded her clip, imploring agents to hire larger women for their commercials.

Some people accused her of reinforcing the practice, but Karoline tackled this in her interview, saying she entirely agrees, and that’s precisely why she had stopped doing the job. However, the modeling industry has been faced with controversy as consumers lean towards body-positive brands. 

Here’s Karoline when she modeled at Paris Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 haute couture shows. 

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