Exclusive: Industry Insiders Say Kasia’s Elimination on ANTM Reflected Reality Not Conspiracy
America’s Next Top Model fans were bummed when plus-size model Kasia Pilewicz got thrown out of the competition after she showed up for the camel photo shoot and there were almost no clothing options available to her. Many even think that, as the only size-10-and-over model in the competition, she’d been set up to lose. But fashion experts tell Wetpaint that she was simply shown what the real world of modeling is all about.
"On a regular shoot, the models would be the sample sizes,” one industry insider told us. “Size six is going to be the biggest unless the stylist knows in advance that there will be a plus-size model.” The expert points out that stylists wouldn’t normally assume that a plus-size model would be at a shoot. “If I say, ‘I’m sending over three girls,’ they would think I meant size two to six. ‘Model’ and ‘plus-size model’ are not the same job. If they wanted to give her a real-life experience, a plus-size model just doesn't have the same opportunities as other models because the same clothes don't fit.” The source adds, “And it's ridiculous that size ten is considered ‘plus-size,’ because in real life plus-size starts at 16.”
Trump Model Management agent Fuji Ruiz concurs. Fuji told us via email: “I mean I wouldn’t say [ANTM was] unprofessional, I would say unprepared. I think what probably happened was that the stylist didn’t have a showroom to pull plus-size clothes from. The plus-size girls are at a disadvantage if they’re shooting with a regular model because the clothing options are always slim, pun intended. Realistically though, how many high fashion shoots are there that require a large pull for curvaceous girls?”