Sixtine Rouyre uses social media to reach more than 500,000 followers across the platform, share their experience as a “plus size” model, discuss body issues, and normalize different shapes.
In a recent video posted on TikTok, Rouyre shared a pricing email with one of the agents he received from the photographer’s studio manager.
The price of the “curve / plus size” model was $ 100 higher than the price of the “standard” model.
“This is another example of how terrible the modeling industry is for people who literally exceed size zero,” Rouyre said in a video that has been watched over 90,000 times. “Similarly, how does this mean f ** king?”
The model’s view of the term “plus size” has historically been that some women, such as Tess Holliday and Crystal Renn, have expressed “gratitude” for the term, while Ashley Graham and Paloma Elsesser. The model considers this term as an example of “others”. Vogue reported in 2020.
Megan Mesveskas, Rouyre’s “mother agent” who posted the original video to share the photographer’s email, said that neither “curve” nor “plus size” has “many meanings”.
“Every woman, regardless of dress size, has curves. I want to see people without curves,” said Mesveskas. Newsweek on mail. “” Plus size “is also meaningless. And who is doing what? Looking at women looking at models over size 2, I think these are unfortunate classifications as the world still feels shocking. “
“So that’s the way the general public streamlines it.” Oh, she’s not the real model she’s a plus-size model, “Mesveskas continued. “I don’t need a brunette [models] To identify yourself that way.do not listen [blue-eyed] A model that sits alone in the category. So I would like to know why all women except the two dress sizes should be called “plus” or “curve”? “
In an original video posted by Mesveskas, she explained that part of her job as head of a modeling agency is to procure a test photographer for her model.
Mesveskas explained that he contacted New York-based photographer William Lords and asked about pricing and availability.
Next, she shared a screenshot of an email she received from Lords’ studio manager, who shares the photographer’s fees.
“Standard: $ 950, Plus / Curve: $ 1050,” the email read.
“I think he just doesn’t have to look at them through the camera,” Mesveskas said in the video.
Mesveskas said he modeled himself for eight years before launching Model Nexus, his agency specializing in “managing models with non-traditional measurements.”
She often sees brands that charge high prices for clothing made for “big women,” but she said this was the first time she had seen the same with a photographer.
“After talking to many models, no one has heard of a high percentage of models with acne or needing to exponentially increase retouching in Photoshop. Therefore, photographers Make sure this applies voluntarily to women who consider it non-standard size. At best it’s really weird and at worst discriminatory. “
Many commentators shared about Mesveskas and Rouyre’s shock to photographer pricing, and many asked “why.”
“He is not [sic] Instead of saying he’s doing this, he’s good at taking pictures of plus-sized models, “said one commenter below the Loia video.
“The fact that he said’standard’is very strict,” another person wrote.
Many said Lords seemed to turn on his comments through Instagram.
The Lord said Newsweek He believed that the email, not written by him, but written by the studio manager, was out of context. He says he charges $ 100 more for curved models because of the time and cost it takes to get “creative, high-end” clothing that is comparable to the clothing offered for “straight size” models. Told.
He sits down as the curve model enters his studio and talks about what the model wants in their shoot.
“Most of them say what they want, and do you know what it is? High-end ones. They want what straight-sized models have,” he said. Said.
He said he had a closet full of seemingly $ 1,000 curved clothes that he searched for and bought. He said the curve model did so to get the clothes “suitable for them.”
He said, “$ 100 is nothing compared to what I do for these girls.”
He said he received a call from another mother agent who “sorry” what happened in the wake of the video post.
He said Newsweek Although the quality of the clothes is different, I decided to adjust the price and hold the session at the same price regardless of the size of the model. He now said he would ask the model to provide his clothes.
“They will have to go out and use their credit cards to get the best clothes and see how difficult it is,” he said.
Louisa said Newsweek In an email she saw an Instagram post from another agent defending the Lord and outlining an explanation for the additional cost of clothing. Ruia called the reasoning “Bulls ** t” and described it as “just an excuse to hide simple lipophobia.”
“Hello, you [don’t] Take the model clothes and tell them to bring them yourself [no one knows what looks best on your own body type better than yourself] Or hire a stylist. It’s that easy. If my agent tries to protect such people, I will fire them on the spot, “she said. He is good enough to pull such shit. “
Rouyre’s video caught the attention of renowned Canadian model Coco Rocha, who said he felt “the industry is backing up.”
“Over the last six months, there have been more and more signs that the slightest foundation gained has been lost,” Rocha commented under Rouyre’s video.
Rouyre ended the video with this message to Lords.