Louis Vuitton just showed their cruise collection in Tokyo this week, but the rush of a great collection is also coming with some serious allegations of weight discrimination.
This week, Danish model Ulrikke Høyer made some serious allegations against the casting managers of Louis Vuitton after they dropped her from the cruise collection show which happened last weekend in Tokyo.
Hoyer, a 20-year-old model from Copenhagen, who is a U.S. size 4-6, has worked for Louis Vuitton on several occasions, as well as other brands like, Stella McCartney, Chloé, Valentino, and Versace. This time was apparently different. According to Ulrikke’s Instagram post, the casting director Alexia Cheval of Ashley Brokaw casting said that “She had a very bloated stomach” and a ” bloated face.” Also in the post below, she alleges Alexia urged her to starve herself for the next 24 hours only drinking water.
“Ulrikke needs to drink only water for the next 24 hours.”
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I just returned from Tokyo/Japan, where Louis Vuitton held a beautiful cruise show in Kyoto, I just never made it to Kyoto cause I was canceled for the show due to being ‘too big’. (I’m a size 34-36) Ashley Brokaw’s caster Alexia had said that there had been some problems during the fitting. According to her I had “a very bloated stomach”, “bloated face”, and urged me to starve myself with this statement “Ulrikke needs to drink only water for the next 24 hours”. I was shocked when I heard it. I woke up at 2am and was extremely hungry. The breakfast started at 6:30am – I had the absolute minimum. I was afraid to meet Alexia so my luck she didn’t arrive until 8am, when my plate was taken off the table. She said good morning to me and the other girls and looked at me, then down on my non-existent plate and up at me again. She was checking if I had been eating food. At 7pm my mother agent from Denmark called my to tell the sad news that Louis Vuitton had chosen to cancel me from the show without the refitting and that I was going to be sent back home. Not only did I have a belly, my face was puffy now also my back was a problem. I am glad I’m 20 years old with an elite sports background and not a 15 year old girl, who are new to this and unsure about herself, because I have no doubt that I would then have ended up very sick and scarred long into my adult life. TO READ THE FULL STORY CLICK IN MY BIO!!!!!!! #LVCruise2018 #mistreatmentofmodels #AshleyBrokaw #thefutureisfemale #sowhyeatingdisorders #youknowitstrue #shareifyoucare #jamespscully
According to the L.A. Times, Ashley Brokaw is completely denying these claims.
“At no time did anyone from my team say to her to drink only water and not eat,” she said. “Not only is that untrue, but it’s unhealthy and downright dangerous. We advised all the girls coming off the plane to drink only water the first 24 hours because we did not want anyone dehydrated after such a long flight. No coffee, sodas or alcohol because these would only amplify the effects of jet lag. We also advised them to eat whenever they felt hungry and not to wait for regular meal times as their body clocks would be off.”
Although Ashley Brokaw is denying these claims, they did say that they paid the model in full for the job and apologized to her agent for her traveling all the way to Tokyo only to be sent home. There has been a conscious effort in the industry to be more aware of the health of the models and to promote healthy eating habits. In Høyer’s post, she makes it clear that her reasons for posting about this situation are not about the money or being turned away from the show.
I am glad I’m 20 years old with an elite sports background and not a 15 year old girl, who are new to this and unsure about herself, because I have no doubt that I would then have ended up very sick and scarred long into my adult life. TO READ THE FULL STORY CLICK IN MY BIO!!!!!!! #LVCruise2018#mistreatmentofmodels#AshleyBrokaw#thefutureisfemale
According to the L.A. Times, a spokesperson from Louis Vuitton declined to comment on the whole ordeal. This is strange timing since the French Law banning excessively thin models from working just went into effect recently. The country passed the law in 2015 after years of the modeling industry perpetuating unattainable and unhealthy images of emaciated models.
Whether this accusation is true or not, Ulrikke Høyer is a model who is taking a stand against the prejudices in the industry and promoting health over being excessively thin. That is something we should see more of among the modeling community.