Former Vogue covergirl says she was told she's 'too big' to open Milan Fashion Week show

Former Vogue covergirl says she was told she's 'too big' to open Milan Fashion Week show

Edie Campbell has graced the cover of Vogue multiple times, and modelled for iconic companies like Chanel and Burberry.

But according to one fashion brand, she was "too big" to open a show at Milan Fashion Week.

After walking the runway at the Alberta Ferretti show on Wednesday, the 28-year-old took to social media to blast an unidentified brand, writing that she was having a big breakfast in response to their comments about her size.

Uploading a picture with friend Christabel MacGreevy, Edie wrote: "When a brand says you are 'too big' to open their show so you get @christabitch round to have a slap up brekkie".

To clarify, she added: "And by 'too big' I don’t mean 'too famous', I mean too fat."

According to her agency website, Edie has a 24½ inch waist, while the average American woman is said to have a waist size of 34-35 inches.

The model, who is also a jockey, first broke into the fashion world when she was 15 after being discovered by photographer Mario Testino. She was included in his Vogue feature about up-and-coming young Londoners, before going on to appear with Kate Moss in a Burberry campaign.

Edie Campbell Credit: Instagram/Edie Campbell

Since then, she has gone from strength to strength, featuring in advertising campaigns for Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Hugo Boss and many more. In addition, the long-standing favourite of the late Karl Lagerfeld was named 'Model of the Year' at the prestigious British Fashion Awards in 2013 and ranked by models.com as one of the icons in the fashion industry.

In 2017, the 28-year-old made headlines by penning an open letter to the fashion industry, urging it to put an end to systemic abuse and negligence.

Airing her frustration that media coverage on abuse seemed to only address claims concerning Terry Richardson, she insisted that in reality, it went far beyond just one man, writing: "Media coverage has been frustratingly limited to Richardson. Broadsheet newspapers write clickbait articles that avoid the more nuanced and complex truth, which is this: the models that shared their stories with Cameron were not all talking about the same photographer."

After using Instagram to share screenshots of messages sent to her by friends, colleagues and followers detailing the abuse they have received, she also addressed the harassment suffered by male models.

"Abuse suffered by young men is more complex," she said. "I would assume that it is more difficult for the victims to speak out: the language doesn’t exist, and the conversation is currently weighted heavily in support of young female victims. The shame felt is probably greater as there is a stigma involved."

Edie, who claimed she had no first-hand experience of abuse, continued: "The abuse can be perceived as emasculating, and then there is the delicate subject of homophobia. The global conversation about sexual abuse has been (possibly rightly) focused on female victims.

"The statistics add up. But when you zoom in on the fashion industry, I would assume that the numbers are much more evenly split between male and female victims. Within fashion, the discussion then becomes less about toxic masculinity and patriarchy, and more about abuse of power."

Furthermore, she insisted that the culture of silence had everyone complicit in the abuse.

"We operate within a culture that is too accepting of abuse, in all of its manifestations. This can be the ritual humiliation of models, belittling of assistants, power plays and screaming fits," she said. "We have come to see this as simply a part of the job. Although we may not all, as individuals, have actively contributed to this culture, every time we turn a blind eye, our silence perpetuates that culture. Our inaction makes us complicit."