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Victoria’s Secret Model May Lose Job for Being Too Thin

South African model Candice Swanepoel has been the center of attention recently due to her dramatic weight loss. The Victoria’s Secret model was seen at a L.A. fashion shoot wearing a bra and panties and her skeletal frame caused many to discuss if she’d been dieting excessively.

Victoria’s Secret models have long been the center of discussion, and the company has said in their contracts that they expect their models to be “healthy and muscular”.  A Victoria’s Secret modeling contract is reported to be the highest paying modeling job available, and although the model claims to be eating steak, if her weight drops any lower, she could lose her contract.

The 22-year old Swanepoel has admitted that she’s lost weight, but she claims that the drastic weight loss is due to excessive travel and the pressures of New York’s fashion week. Rochelle Sirota, a New York city dietitian, estimates Swanepoel’s weight to be close to 110 pounds, although her current model card lists her as wearing a size 8 dress. With a reported height as 5 foot 9 and a half, she could comfortably go up to 125 pounds and still be at a healthy, although lower than average,  weight.

Other Victoria’s Secret models have come forward to say that the company represents women of all shapes and sizes and that they prefer to showcase women with curves.

In order to gain weight, the model would have to reverse the commonly held diet advice to cut 500 calories a day. If she added the same amount back in, even if she kept her exercise the same, she could expect to gain a little weight back in a safe manner.

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Lynn, i understand and agree with the fact that she needs help, but firing her in all likelihood would just make it worse. I think Victoria's Secret has done the right thing by reprimanding her, so to speak, and bringing to her attention that she IS INDEED in a very unhealthy state. At this point, I'm sure she has some type of medical/psychological coverage should she need it through Victoria's. If it comes to firing her, you can imagine the additional mental stress that would add on top of whatever problems she's already dealing with. I feel they're doing whats best at the moment for her.

posted Nov 15th, 2011 10:48 pm


Wow, this is disgustingly thin. She looks like she just got out of Auschwitz. I wouldn't touch that with a 10 ft pole. If you want thin and angular, why just not sleep with a man? Can't understand why women punish themselves like this.

posted Jun 14th, 2011 1:06 am

Lynne Gordon

I am personally BOYCOTTING Victoria's Secret until this child is fired and allowed to get some help.

I refuse to live in a world where this type of sickness is promoted among young women as healthy as long as I can do something about it.

posted Jun 6th, 2011 2:56 am


Oh yikes, that's disgusting.

posted Jun 1st, 2011 11:43 pm


For commenter that thinks she just needs to gain a few pounds, the notion of skinny women is what got this women with an obvious eating disorder where she is. No healthy - either body or mind - person looks like they just walked out of a concentration camp.

She looks ravaged by either bulimia or anorexia.

posted May 31st, 2011 8:11 am


Wow she is unbelievably skinny. Not very attractive in my view, but add a few lb and she would be perfect!

posted Apr 4th, 2011 5:15 pm


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