Lize Dzjabrailova’s rant showed her hitting back at the photographer, before she eventually walked out of the whole gig after the photographer’s reported impropriety.
The 22-year-old model from Antwerp in Belgium was looking forward to participating in the photoshoot, but ended up refusing to take part after she claimed she was told she needed to slim down for it.
Obviously – if true – that’s completely unacceptable.
She went on to say that the ‘advice’ that was offered to her by the photographer could have caused some people to develop eating disorders, body image complexes, or even major health problems.
To clarify, you definitely need to eat food, but you already knew that.
She explained: “I have a platform in Belgium, and a clothing brand here reached out to me for a paid job. I agreed to do the photos. The clothing brand and clients knew my size, knew how I looked and said they loved it.
“But when I got to the studio, the photographer told me in two weeks I would have another job. He went on to say that it would be better if I didn’t eat for two weeks straight so that I would look skinnier in the pictures.
“I was basically in shock and just quiet for a minute, staring at him. That’s when my friend started to film.”
She continued: “I’ve always been told by men what to eat, when to stop eating. I should not be told what to do with my body.
“The one thing that is so important is to have boundaries. People will always love to test how far they can go with you.
“You have to, at the first disrespect you receive, leave. Imagine if I’d listened to the photographer’s advice to starve myself.
“What would he ask of me at the next photoshoot? He would have gone even further.
“You don’t have to be afraid to lose people. If they cannot see your worth, somebody else will. But you have to see the value in yourself first.”
Lize claims that once she’d walked off set, the client who had organised the shoot called to apologise and asked her to return, but she declined.
She explained: “The clients called me 20 minutes after I left the studio and apologised.
“They wanted me to come back. But I didn’t want to go ahead with it, even with a different photographer.
“The next morning, they let me know they had fired that photographer who said those things to me.
“Speaking up does make a difference. It is important, and we should love ourselves first.”
When she shared her video, she also shared a vital message for anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation.
She said: “You can’t tell people not to eat until the next shoot because that will develop an eating disorder.
“You are very lucky that I am secure in my body and that I love myself.
“But if there was another model who is standing here and was insecure in her body, that one comment you made would make her go insane.
“She could literally stop eating, her hair would fall out, her organs can die. She could die because of that one comment you made.”
“You should watch how you talk to people. I shouldn’t lose anything, because I am already very skinny.
“But even if I wasn’t, you can’t tell me what to do with my body.
“You should watch what you tell people, because it can really damage them.”
Lize did not wish to disclose the name of the company or photographer involved.