London, Oct 5 : Modelling sensation Katie Green has revealed that she has walked over her dream Wonderbra job after being told she was too fat.
"They got great publicity out of launching me as a 'real' curvy model. Then I was told that I had to lose lots of weight and become like all the other girls on the catwalk or I was finished. What a joke," News of the World quoted her, as saying.
Green's nightmare began when Wonderbra suggested her sign with Premier Model Management, one of the most respected names in the industry.
Green did but despite being a healthy 10st 5lb for her leggy 5ft 10ins, size 12 frame, Premier told her she had to shed two stone.
"Having 'discovered' me, Wonderbra's people decided I should sign with Premier," she said.
"It has famous curvy women like Kelly Brook and Myleene Klass on its books so I felt comfortable going there. They promised me all sorts of clients and named a series of brands including Special K who dealt only with bigger models.
"Then this so-called special booker Maxine Tinkler asked me in to their London offices and told me there was an issue with my weight. She said, 'Most of our girls are size eight. We need you to tone up.'
"I was flabbergasted. Until then there had been nothing but praise for my curves.
"So I said, 'With respect, my curves got me the Wonderbra job and brought me to you. But now you're saying I'm too fat.' They made it very clear they wanted me to lose two dress sizes.
"That would mean shedding two stone. I'd have been a bag of bones.
"But instead of listening to me, they just gave me dieting tips and told me I had to train at the gym every day.
"I was banned from eating carbohydrates after 4pm and even told I couldn't go out for a curry with my mates. I'm embarrassed to admit I started following their regime. I even started skipping dinner and fibbed to my mum that I'd eaten earlier," she added.
In just eight days, Green lost 7lbs and thought-modelling work would flood in.
However, she said: "Every time the phone rang it wasn't with an offer of work, it was to check on my weight loss.
"I was invited back to London by Premier. I thought, 'Great, this must be for a new photoshoot,' but they just wanted to measure me to see how much weight I'd lost. I had to stand on scales then a tape measure came out to do all my vital statistics," she added. Green added: "I decided to walk away. It opened my eyes to the fashion industry and the pressure it puts on impressionable models to slim, slim, slim."
A spokesman for Premier said: "We advised Katie that commercial and lingerie models need to be an average size 10 as is requested by the market sector she wanted to model for."
Wonderbra said: "At no time was Katie 'made' to sign with any agency."