Victoria’s Secret model Bridget Malcolm was once asked to make her ribs look more prominent while shooting a swimwear campaign.
The slim 26-year-old has been making headlines with her shocking revelations about the fashion industry recently, which she has been detailing on her personal website.
In her latest post, the Australian model recalled a time where she was body shamed when working with a new client who had been given outdated measurements and was expecting Bridget to be smaller than she actually was.
“Whilst shooting, I had one lady refuse to look me in the eye, choosing instead to address my stomach with a sneer,” Bridget wrote. “I addressed her, smiled, and she didn’t even look away from my stomach, let alone respond to me beyond monosyllables.
“Another lady asked me to please make my ribs show more whilst shooting, suck in my gut, and tied a sarong around my hips, to ‘hide them.'”
Further revealing the situation was one of her top three “most awful experiences on set”, Bridget decided to forgo lunch that day as she’d been made to feel so bad about her curves.
However, the situation was made worse when people noticed she wasn’t eating and asked why.
“I sat there feeling humiliated, fat and ugly and got to watch everyone else on set (the other 16-year-old model included) tuck into a delicious lunch and cake,” she recalled. “All that fake concern in their eyes over why I wasn’t eating lunch evaporated the second I got back on set. Then it was back to stonewall and scrutiny.”
Since then, Bridget has ditched her diet mentality, and now embraces her natural figure, a lifestyle change that has left her feeling “free”.