Model and student Imogen Ker was at a housewarming party in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles recently when the host delivered an unexpected blow. He waltzed into the kitchen, where the 25-year-old was alone, and introduced her to a complete stranger.
“‘Imogen would be perfect if it wasn’t for her body,’” the host remarked, according to Ker, who recounted the incident to TODAY. “He gave me this very snarky look as if he was trying to be playful.”
Ker was shocked. As a model with thousands of social media followers, she has grown somewhat accustomed to unwelcome comments on her body. But to be body-shamed by someone she considered a friend — and in front of a man she’d never met — felt completely different.
“I was just really taken aback, if you can imagine, almost as if someone punched me in the stomach,” Ker said. “My first reaction was to let it go.”
As a model, Ker consistently fights pressure from herself and others to have “the perfect body.” But in recent years curvy or plus-size models have received more exposure in mainstream media, and Ker believes this is a step in the right direction.
“Obviously there is still a long way to go and a lot more to be changed, but curvier girls being incorporated in the fashion industry is just one part of a much bigger thing that is happening. It’s getting more inclusive,” Imogen said.