‘They told me I was ugly and needed surgery’: Teenage model launches an expletive-filled rant about the ‘less glamorous’ side of fashion – from unpaid shoots to eating disorders
By Unity Blott For Mailonline 15:31 BST 13 Mar 2017, updated 15:43 BST 13 Mar 2017
- Jazz Egger, 19, from Austria, has worked in the industry since the age of 13
- The London-based model claims she was told she needed surgery
- Wrote about ‘the meal skipping and the fainting’ amid pressure to be thin
- Her Instagram post has gone viral with more than 1,300 shares in one day
A teenage model has penned expletive-filled message rant about the ‘less glamorous’ side of the fashion industry.
Jazz Egger, 19, from London, took to Instagram on Sunday to complain about the pressure to slim down in order to keep up with ‘unrealistic beauty standards’ and being forced to do hours of unpaid work.
She penned the message in a bid to encourage young girls to ’embrace their imperfections’ after allegedly being told she was ‘ugly’ and needed surgery during her early modelling days.
Jazz’s Instagram post, which has racked up almost 1,300 likes, calls out the ‘less glamorous’ side of the modelling industry – alongside a snap of her working on an unpaid shoot
The Austrian-born model, who has walked at London Fashion Week and appeared on Germany’s Next Top Model, posted the message alongside a ‘real’ picture of her at a studio in London working on a campaign for free.
‘You all think models earn a s***load of money, right?’ Jazz wrote to her 27,000 followers. ‘Well if we earn money we have to give up to 50 per cent back to our agencies.’
She described working on unpaid ‘test shoots’ where she was forced to ‘shoot till midnight without earning a single £’.
Jazz also complained about ‘casting directors telling you you are ugly and need beauty surgery, the pressure to be thin and nearly becoming anorexic so you can be more successful, the meal skipping and the fainting.’
Austrian-born Jazz, who is now based in London, told her 27,000 Instagram followers how it was not uncommon for budding models to work for free while establishing their careers
‘The industry is so f***ed up’: Jazz’s Instagram rant in full
‘You usually see posed pics of me on my Instagram. Well here’s a real one. I was at a studio in London shooting a campaign for free. You all think models earn a s***load of money, right? Well if we earn money we have to give up to 50% back to our agencies.
‘When you start working as a model you have to build your portfolio in order to get big jobs. You have to do a lot of so called “test shoots”, which are basically unpaid shootings. There are times where you have to do your own makeup and bring your own clothes and then you shoot till midnight without earning a single £. But it’s okay bc I am trying to work myself up so I can change the less glamorous parts of modelling.
‘Casting directors telling you you are ugly and need beauty surgery, the pressure to be thin and nearly becoming anorexic so you can be more successful, the meal skipping and the fainting, the photographers asking you to undress yourself in the middle of winter at outdoor shoots for the sake of art, the lonely nights in cities you have never been to before when you are only 15, the hairstylists cutting your long hair off to chin length without asking you for permission. I could go on for hours.
‘We all know that many models crack under pressure because of the unrealistic beauty standards and we all know that not only models have problems with that. My heart goes out to all the people looking at themselves in the mirror thinking they are not good enough, worrying that no one will ever truly love them and their body.
‘The industry is so f***ed up BUT – you are stronger than the pressure to be perfect! Don’t we realise that we are the ones who have the power to define what is perfect? Your body was made with love. How could anything made with love be a failure? Embrace your imperfections, they will make you stand out from the grey mass.
‘I want you all to believe in yourselves and please keep in mind that there is absolutely no need to change your body if you are healthy. It makes me so sad when people tell me they want to be “as pretty as me” bc yooo y’all are freaking BEAUTFIUL. However, I will keep fighting and trying to use my voice for a better tomorrow. And I hope you all will do too.’
The teen urged followers to remember there is ‘absolutely no need to change your body if you are healthy’ and has so far racked up 1,300 likes.
Jazz hit headlines earlier this year after claiming she had set a ‘world record’ in Tinder matches after notching up 5,400 right swipes in just a matter of months.
The music writer said she could no longer keep up with all the romantic offers after being inundated with Likes and Super Likes on the dating app.
‘I downloaded Tinder some months ago and I think I might have reached a world record,’ she told FEMAIL.
Model Jazz Egger says she can no longer keep up with all her romantic offers on Tinder after being inundated with Super Likes on the dating app and receiving 5,000 matches
‘I travel a lot and people keep Super Liking me [every Tinder user has one Super Like to give away per day].’
Jazz said she used to think it was ‘normal’ to get so many Super Likes – also known as ‘blue matches’ – until a friend explained to her that the average female user gets just one or two per month.
She added: ‘I reached a point where I couldn’t answer everyone anymore, because I [had] swiped right on every Super Like.’
Jazz eventually attached a message to her profile saying: ‘Sorry this is getting out of hand. I can’t answer everyone anymore. I only reply if your message is super interesting. Hope you understand.’
Jazz says she used to think it was ‘normal’ to get so many Super Likes until a friend explained to her that the average (female) tinder user gets about around one or two per month
The message ‘improved her Tinder game even more,’ Jazz claimed.
‘I would receive the craziest pick up lines and unbelievable offers,’ she said. ‘I even matched with Conor Maynard and other well known musicians, YouTubers, and actors.
‘Another crazy offer was when a guy invited me for a week in Greece on his yacht. He offered to pay for everything, even my flight. Just so he could have a chance. Of course I declined that offer.’
Resourceful: Jazz says her Tinder success has even helped her secure modelling gigs as she’s been snapped up by fashion designers since she started using the app a few months ago
Jazz, who has matched with more than 5,400 men and been on 20 Tinder dates, insisted she had never fallen for anyone she’s met on the dating app but has had ‘many interesting conversations’.
The model and music journalist has worked in the fashion industry since the age of 13 and took part in Germany’s Next Top Model as well as making the finals of Elite Model Look.
She said her Tinder success had even helped her secure modelling gigs as she was snapped up by fashion designers on the dating app.