Paulina Vega, the 26-year-old Columbian model who won the Miss Universe title in 2014, revealed in a social media post that her agent reclassified her as “plus-size” after she gains approximately two pounds. In the summer of 2016, Vega had signed on with a New York-based agency. Just three months later, the agency weighed her and made the decision.
After signing on with the agency in 2016, Vega spent time traveling and working, according to a report by the Daily Mail. She said in her post that she felt “healthy and happy with [her] body.”
“Three months later I went back to the agency. Apparently, I had gained one kilogram (2.2 lbs),” she wrote.
“In the meeting,” Vega continued, “I was told that they were not considering me as a catwalk editorial fashion model, that I was not among the ‘thin’ ones and that I would be categorized as a plus-size model.”
Vega considered the incident a “wow moment,” though added that she wasn’t offended when she was called “curvy” or for being shifted to a different category.
“But the use of the term plus-size was strange for me (for me or for any woman who is in perfectly healthy state),” she stated.
Vega did say that she intends to only work with brands with “values” that match her own and that don’t ask “for absurd measures” going forward.
“The good thing is that things are changing in fashion and that there are different bodies in the media,” she added. “Changing from being ‘thin’ to ‘curvy’ could have disappointed me, but instead it inspired me to focus on what I really love to do, and to build my own way.”
“Especially being loyal to my truths and not letting other ideas classify me.”