‘You think it’s so glamorous. It’s not’: Stunning former model reveals why the job actually ‘sucks’ in a candid video detailing how being told to lose weight and cut her hair led her to quit

  • Annika Boron, 20, is an Instagram star with more than 161,000 followers
  • Before finding fame on social media, she was a teenage model in Toronto
  • Annika was 16 years old and already ‘really skinny’ when her modeling agency told her she had to lose weight 
  • At her thinnest, she weighed 109 pounds and wore a size two, but someone at an international agency in Milan still told her, ‘Wow, you’re a lot bigger here’
  • Annika quit high fashion modeling and ended her contract with her agency after she was told to lose more weight and cut her hair  

A former high fashion model has revealed why she quit her agency after starving herself to lose weight and being forced to cut her hair.

Toronto-based Instagram star Annika Boron has more than 161,000 followers, but before the 20-year-old became a social media sensation with her own YouTube channel, she was a teenage model.

In her 16-minute video titled, ‘Why Modeling Sucks,’ Annika outlines all the reasons why she hated the job, ranging from always feeling hungry to having to get permission to change up her look.

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Opening up: In her YouTube video titled ‘ Why Modeling Sucks,’ Annika Boron reveals why she stopped working as a high fashion in model 

Looking back: The Toronto-based Instagram star has more than 161,000 followers, but before she became a social media sensation, she was a teenage model

‘When I first started modeling I thought it was cool. I was like, Oh I want to be a model. It’s so glamorous. No [it’s not],’ she insists. 

Annika, who is 5-feet-9-inches tall, says she was always tall with a naturally small frame. People constantly suggested that she try modeling, including her acting agent. 

When a close family friend started a successful modeling career, Annika’s mother reached out to her about getting in touch with her agency in Toronto.

‘My parents would never push me to be in that industry,’ she explains, ‘but they were like, you know what? If that is something you want to try out, we may as well give it a try.’  

After her mother emailed the agency, she was asked to send a headshot, a photo of her body, and her measurements.

‘I didn’t know how to measure myself. I think I probably wrote down random numbers. I was like, whatever, I’m skinny. It should be fine,’ she recalls, noting her naivete was foreshadowing for what was to come. 


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The first time she visited the agency she was 16 years old, and they measured her in the office in front of everyone. 

‘I forget the measurements they told me, but they sat me down and they were like, “You have such a great look. You have such a great face. You are very unique looking, but your measurements are not there. We need you to be smaller.’

Pressure: Annika (pictured as a teen) was 16 years old and already ‘really skinny’ when her modeling agency told her to lose weight

Annika says she was in the eleventh grade and already ‘really skinny,’ but she was willing to do what the agency asked because she wanted to model so badly.

‘Models need to be within this category, and to me, at the time, it made sense,’ she says. ‘I started eating, um what’s the word? Nothing.’ 

For breakfast, she would have an apple with peanut butter and tea. Lunch was almonds, carrots with hummus, and zucchini pasta, and she would finish the day with baked vegetables and tofu for dinner. 

‘The portions were so small. I was probably eating like 1,300 calories a day, and to put that in perspective, I eat anywhere between 2,500 to 3,000 calories now,’ she says.

‘I was not eating a lot. I was constantly hungry. I would go to bed so hungry my stomach would hurt.’

Annika admits she became obsessed with eating and planning out her next meal. One weekend she started bawling because she ate 10 chips. 

‘I was like, should I throw it up? I was so worried I would gain weight,’ she explains.   

Annika remembers everyone in the agency gushing about how great she looked and how proud of her they were after she lost weight quickly. 


Always hungry: At her thinnest, the 5-foot-9 model weighed 109 pounds and wore a size two

Hindsight: Annika (pictured in June) says she should have weighed at least 125 pounds because of her height and frame

She ended up getting signed, but there were rules she had to follow. Annika says she wasn’t allowed to pluck her eyebrows. She couldn’t get a suntan because they liked her pale, and they sent her for a $100 haircut that they didn’t cover. 

Annika says when she started modeling in Toronto, she was the skinniest she had ever been and wore a size two, weighing just 109 pounds. 

She explains that she should have weighed at least 125 pounds because of her height and frame.

‘I was so lethargic. I was so tired,’ she recalls. ‘I didn’t have the energy to do much, but I would still force myself to do so much cardio just to burn [calories].’

By the time she was 17 years old, she was asked to go to Milan to meet with an international agency.

Annika says the agency measured her the second she got there, and the first thing they told her was, ‘Wow, you’re a lot bigger here.’

Struggles: The former model says she felt like she was ‘owned’ because she had to ask her agency before making any changes to her physical appearance

Criticism: Annika (pictured as a teen model) admits she burst into tears after someone at an international agency in Milan told her, ‘Wow, you’re a lot bigger here’

As soon as the woman left the room, she burst into tears and told her mother she wanted to go home. 

Although she ended up sticking it out for a while longer, she didn’t enjoy modeling. 

‘I remember when I was doing runway they were like, “Don’t show off you too much.” The reason they want someone so skinny is because you are a clothes hanger,’ she explains. 

‘They want the clients to focus on the clothing, not the model.’

Annika admits she felt like she was ‘owned’ because she had to ask her agency before making any changes to her physical appearance. 

‘Shoots are not glamorous at all.’ she insists. ‘You show up. You sit in a chair. They attack your face and your hair and it hurts. You’re tired and you’re hungry — you’re always f*****g hungry.’ 

Rules: The Instagram star (pictured in last week) says the agency forbid her from plucking her eyebrows or getting a suntan 

Done: Annika quit high fashion modeling and ended her contract with her agency after she was told to lost more weight and cut her hair. She now works as an Instagram model 

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She says she didn’t find modeling fulfilling nor did it make her happy. While she admits that there are probably plenty of models who love their jobs, she wasn’t one of them. 

When she returned to Toronto, she was once again told she had to lose weight and cut her hair. 

‘I looked at him and said, “I like my hair.” He looked at me and he was like, “Do you not want to do this anymore?” and I said, ‘No, I don’t,’ she recalls. 

The agency ended her contract right then and there, and Annika doesn’t have any regrets.

As an Instagram model, she is now able to choose who she works with and keep all the money she earns for herself. 

At the end of the clip, Annika offers some words of advice to viewers who are also aspiring models.

‘Don’t get sucked into the whole you have to lose weight,’ she says. ‘It’s vital to have a good relationship with food.’

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