'They pressured me to eat cake...' Plus size model Barbie Ferreira strips down on camera as she reveals she was bullied by other fashion stars on set because she was the only 'fat girl'
- Ferreira, 20, is a plus-size model who is outspoken about body image issues
- The young model recently filmed a video for StyleLikeU's 'What's Underneath Project' that has participants strip down while being interviewed
- In her interview, Ferreira spoke openly about her journey to accepting her body and what she believes are unfair beauty standards in the fashion industry
Though Barbie Ferreira is one of the fiercest plus size models around, a new video reveals the darker size of being a curvy model that includes on-set bullying, online criticism, and years of self-doubt.
In a new video, Ferreira, 20, dishes on her struggle for self-acceptance and the harsh realities of being the only 'fat girl' at high-profile photoshoots - all while stripping down for the camera.
The clip is part of StyleLikeU's 'What's Underneath Series,' which has women open up about their lives as they gradually undress in front of the camera.
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Opening up: Curvy model Barbie Ferreira, 20, recently participated in StyleLikeU's 'What's Underneath Project' which interviews women while they gradually undress
Self-love: Ferreira got real about the difficulty of accepting her body - and says she is still working on coming to terms with her stretch marks
At the opening of the video, Ferreira is dressed for a cold day in jeans, a sweater, a denim jacket, and a thick knitted scarf.
She talks about her experiences in the modeling industry and admits that, even as a plus size or 'curve' model, she's often not what casting directors are looking for.
'When you go to a traditional plus-size casting, usually they're looking for someone who's kind of like a bombshell; who's relatable, sweet - and I just feel like it's not necessarily what I am.' Instead, she cites a major redeeming characteristic:
'If I didn't have a personality I don't think I would be very successful.'
Outspoken and body-positive individuals like Ferreira will always draw criticism - but she is quick to note the irony of her detractors: 'There are housewives writing essays on Facebook about how obesity is being promoted and how I'm gonna kill the children. The funny thing is that most of these women are my size.'
'It's so unheard of to be okay with yourself!' she exclaims.
Insta-famous: Despite her 425,000 Instagram followers, Ferreira says she still gets treated differently than other models for being the 'fat girl' on set
Check please: In one of Ferreira's more uncomfortable revelations, she talks about how people at photoshoots will often pressure her into eating or talking about food due to her weight
Oh, the irony! The model says that 'housewives' online will write 'essays' calling her obese - and yet she points to the fact that many of these women are the same size as her
While Ferreira may embrace her curves now, she admits that it was not an easy place to get to. 'I hated myself more than anything else in the world at one point,' she confesses.
Even now, one thing that Ferreira struggles with in particular is her stretch marks - particularly because of the way the skin imperfections are handled in the fashion industry.
'I was shooting something and this lady was very concerned about my hip. She was like "Oh did you scratch yourself?"' she recalls of an experience with a stylist. 'I was like those are just my stretch marks. I know she didn't mean anything by it, but [fashion industry] people don't always work with curve models.'
Later in the video, Ferreira continues to share the horrors of being the 'fat girl' at a fashion shoot. Citing experiences where she is the token 'curve' model, she says: 'the things that happen within those spaces can be very overwhelming.'
According to Ferreira, many often make passive aggressive comments about the catering at a photoshoot, as though she would be interested in the food because of her size. 'But it's the same quinoa bulls*** every time,' she laments.
'Or,' she continues, 'they'll but a chocolate cake and like, pressure me into eating the cake.'
In another world: Someday, the curvy model hopes that the fashion industry will learn to find beauty in everything, and not just 'white beauty'
Baring it all: While chatting, Ferreira gradually strips down into a lacy bra and teal underwear - she even takes out her ponytail and wipes off her makeup
In Ferreira's 'Dream Fashion Industry,' there is definitely no cake involved. Rather, she would see an 'overall accepting [of] people,' and the idea that 'there's beauty in everything.'
She also feels it important that the fashion industry learns to reject 'white beauty' as being 'the blanket of all beauty.' 'It's not just how it is,' she says of the standard. 'It really does sink in. It's what people buy into.'
By the end of the video, Ferreira is sitting on the stool in a lacy black bra and teal underwear. Her up-do has come loose and her makeup has been removed. Though exposed, it's clear how comfortable she feels in her own skin.
'I owe everything to the fact that I look like this,' she says. 'I didn't think I was allowed to be happy in my body [but now] I've learned a lot from my body.'
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