Cassi Van Den Dungen Gives Her ‘Excuse’ For Not Modelling Overseas
The Herald Sun has an article where Australia’s Next Top Model runner up Cassi Van Den Dungen gives her reasons for not taking up a modelling contract in New York.
She said it would have meant she would have had to lose weight something her manager Candy Powell backs her up on. However Ms Powell also says she is sure Cassi could be a success in New York when she is ready for it. So won’t that mean she would have to ‘lose weight’ then?
Anyway the article said:
I know the international market would want me to lose more weight,” Van Den Dungen said.
“I don’t want to lose any more weight. I’m happy with the way I am and I actually want to put the weight I lost from the stress of the show back on,” she said.
“I am already in between a size six and eight but I would like to be a more average size, say between eight and 10.”
She said it was worrying to see the lengths some models went to to reach industry standards.
“It freaks you out to see how skinny these girls can get. They have got to be unhealthy and not eating properly and if they are eating properly then they are not eating enough.”
Van Den Dungen’s Melbourne modelling agent Candy Powell believes her teenage model made the right choice.
“The international market would want Cassi to lose weight,” Powell said.
“I wouldn’t feel comfortable trying to press a 17-year-old girl to slim down from size six or eight to size four,” she said.
She felt the Australian modelling industry was more flexible about models’ weight.
“It’s one of the good things about working with local designers, they want to show clothes in more realistic sizes.
“I’m sure when she feels ready, Cassi can make it in New York.”
I am still trying to work out whether ‘losing weight’ is code for ‘I am not leaving my boyfriend Brad’.