Barbie Ferreira, Jordyn Woods and more reveal what they wish people would stop saying to plus-size models

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A group of prominent plus-size and curve models have shared the common things people say to them about their bodies and size – and what people need to stop telling them.

UK size 16 model Barbie Ferreira, who gained a huge following for featuring in an un-retouched advert for American Eagle Outfitters campaign and through modelling for American Apparel, led the discussion in a video for Teen Vogue. She was joined by Hunter McGrady, Olivia Wilson, Jordyn Woods and Riley Ticotin for the talk.

McGrady, who has an Instagram following of 160,000, said she is tired of people constantly telling her she is “brave” simply because she is a curve model. 

Similarly, model Wilson said she has been told: “Oh my god, you’re so lucky you get paid to eat.”

Woods, who has an Instagram following of 2.1 million, was discovered by her modelling agent on the social media site. Already in the public eye to some thanks to her appearances on Keeping Up with the Kardashians (she is a good friend of Kylie Jenner) she has since gone on to model for brands like Boohoo and Addition Elle.

Woods said something she gets particularly irked by is that when she posts photographs of herself exercising fans warn her “not to get too skinny”. Ferreira chimed in saying when she does the same she gets told: “Nooo I thought you were confident!”

Ticotin, a UK size 16 model for brands including Asos, says she wishes she did not get told she has a “great body” for a plus-size model. “Why can’t I just have a great body for life?” she asked. 

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