If you thought posing in a bikini in the cold is as tough as the modelling industry gets, think again.
US-based models shared with The New York Times some of the harrowing behind-the-scenes tales of the industry -- with objectification, racism and the lack of diversity at the top of the list.
Here are our top 11 takeaways:
"I had one guy who wanted my nipples to look hard for the shoot -- to show through. He literally just grabbed my nipple and was like see, we need it to be hard," Renee Peters.
"One of my first test shoots in New York – we drove out to the Hamptons and nobody told me that it was going to be topless. So I shot topless on the beach. The poses he was asking me to do...I have never felt so uncomfortable in my life," Grace Mahary.
"When I was young I shot with someone who went to jail for paedophilia...so that was really difficult to hear because he shot a lot of young women," Stella Duval.
"They would talk about my body in front of me...they would say Julia is very wide, everyone keep that in mind, like in a meeting in front of people," Julia Geier.
"I was at a casting call...felt like everyone must've been 16, 17, 18 and here am I like past 25 –- really questioning am I still beautiful, do I still hold worth?" Renee Peters.
"Other people would say that adolescent girls have sort of a prepubescent physique that is favoured by designers," Sara Ziff.
"There are about two spots in a show for black girls – out of maybe 50," Diandra Forrest.
"We've also been sort of brainwashed that these Euro-centric Caucasian are what is attractive," Forrest.
"There are things that I did to compromise my authenticity in order to get my foot in the door – just straightening my hair, changing what I wore," Ebonee Davis.
"My first agent here changed my name from Precious to Victoria," Precious Lee.
"There's a petite category, a plus-sized category, but there isn't a category for people with disabilities." Jillian Mercado.
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