Lara Stone was fired from a modeling job for being less than 3 months pregnant

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I like Dutch model Lara Stone. Not as much as I like Doutzen Kroes, but I do like Lara. Incidentally, I’m only now realizing that I might have a thing for Dutch women (????). ‘Sup, Dutch ladies? Anyway, Lara is regularly featured in the UK papers because A) she’s a pretty successful model, B) she’s a pretty blonde with great boobs and C) she’s married to British actor/comedian/reality show host David Walliams and they live happily in London. I’m including some new shots of Lara covering Porter Magazine– the cover is particularly good.

Anyway, I’m talking about Lara’s Porter cover because she gave a very interesting interview about her pregnancy (she gave birth last year) and trying to get and keep modeling work while pregnant and afterwards. It’s a reminder that not all models have Gisele-like pregnancies and post-pregnancies. It’s also a reminder that the fashion industry hates women who are above a size 2 (and even then, size 2 is considered “hefty”).

Lara Stone was turned away from a modelling job after revealing that she was pregnant. The Dutch model, who was less than three months pregnant and hadn’t even had her first scan, told the booker that she was expecting her first child before heading to the shoot. But when she arrived, she found that another model had replaced her. While Lara received no explanation as to why the change had been made, she assumes it was due to her size.

“I was really upset at the time,” Lara told The Evening Standard. “I hadn’t yet had my three-month scan and I felt really vulnerable about everything. I no longer had a job. That was it — I had to just stop everything that I knew; the way my life was.”

Since giving birth to her and David Walliam’s child, Alfred, in May 2013, she has adopted diets and the help of a personal trainer to get back in shape.

“Once the baby was out,” she says, “I was like, ‘What the hell is going on?’ My arms don’t fit into my sweaters. I couldn’t get my jeans over my knees. I couldn’t find a bra that fitted me. I had body dysmorphia but the wrong way round.”

She is now back to work but admits that it is harder trying to fit into sample sizes.

“I’ve had a few meetings because when they hear pregnancy they freak out a bit,” she says. “So they need to see if I fit in their clothes.”

She is considering having another baby but isn’t yet convinced. “Everyone’s like, ‘it’s fun, they can entertain each other.’ But I think it would be 20 years of war, then they move out,” she says. “My sister and I, we get on great now but when we were little we fought all the time.” Added to which Walliams took time to adjust to pregnant Lara. “‘What do you mean you have a headache and you feel nauseous?’ he’d say. ‘You didn’t feel like that a week ago’.”

She, too, found the process of pregnancy hard to cope with. “I was in maternity jeans from 11 weeks,” she says. “Who needs buttons when you can have elastic?” She tugs at her jeans to demonstrate but laughs — she’s no longer wearing pregnancy ones but her regular skinnies.

[From Porter Mag via HuffPo]

Surely there must be a happy-medium, right? Somewhere between the two extremes. On one side, you have the elite, top-shelf models like Gisele, who can still model and get magazine covers when they’re six months pregnant. And the fashion industry embraces that version of pregnancy, the version where a woman only has a modest bump and the rest of the woman is the same size. On the other extreme, you have Lara’s sudden firing from a job because, what? She gained a few pounds in her first trimester? How is that even legal to fire a model because she’s two months pregnant?! Anyway, I would really appreciate it if the fashion industry would figure out a happy-medium between these two extremes. Thank you.

Also: it doesn’t sound like she wants to have another baby, but it sounds like she’s being pressured into thinking she should want to be pregnant again. Here’s a dirty little secret: not all women enjoy being pregnant. For some women, it’s not all glowing skin and happy hormones.

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  1. Sara says:

    Surprise, thin blond lady! Models are required to be thin!

  2. Tx says:

    My guess is it’s legal because her being pregnant directly impacted her ability to do the job. Whether is insane or not that they fired her for gaining a few lbs, since she’s model and her job is how she looks, if how she looks changes, I’m guessing theyre within their rights to replace her. Again- not defending the choice- just saying live by the sword, die by the sword, you know?

    • Kate says:

      Right. It wouldn’t be legal to fire her simply because she’s pregnant, but it’s perfectly legal to fire or replace a model because they no longer fit into the clothes or no longer look how they did when they were hired. If she was already wearing maternity jeans at 11 weeks then she obviously wasn’t one of those lucky ones who doesn’t start showing until well into the second trimester, so her measurements would have changed quite a bit. It would be the same if she’d just gained regular weight or done something crazy with her hair or gotten a large tattoo. If she no longer looked how she looked when she was booked, then it’s no surprise she was replaced.

      When your at Gisele’s level that stuff doesn’t really matter so much, but Lara Stone isn’t on that level.

    • Bridget says:

      It sounds like it was also in the UK, which would have a different set of employment laws.

  3. birdie says:

    I adore David Walliams, he is a genius. Little Britain, anyone?

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Well, she’s 30 or 31 years old. I have bad news for her…you can’t model forever unless you’re a rare exception. She seems to be basing her life choices on a career that is almost over anyway unless she can find another avenue like Cindy Crawford or Tyra Banks.

  5. LeahMommy says:

    I’m pregnant with my second right now and everyone keeps telling me that they will entertain each other and I’m choosing to believe it. I’m one of those women who doesn’t love being pregnant mostly because of the length. I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever and that it will never end. I do however love having the babies but the process of bringing them in the world is hard for me.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I have a good friend like that. She’s a wonderful, loving mother, but her pregnancies were very hard for her. One baby was pressing on a nerve on her hip and she was in a lot of pain, plus, with all three she felt sick the whole time. Hang in there. My little brother is my best friend, and we fought sometimes, but I wouldn’t trade him for the world. I wish you all the best with your two.

    • Jacqueline says:

      I’m 7 1/2 months pregnant with our second. I was running marathons and getting ready to run an ultra. I had enough body issues BEFORE getting pregnant, this whole process has been really tough for me – and I think it’s something that moms feel, but don’t talk about. We’re supposed to be so elated that we are bringing life into this world (I have friends who have lost children, so please don’t think I’m overlooking the fact that it’s still a blessing) that we are expected to eat whatever we see and let ourselves go and worry about the cost to our bodies later. I’m eating right, with the expectation that I am just going to be gaining for a while, but it white-knuckles all the way for me.

    • Audrey says:

      We only have one and people keep guilt trippingbme. They go on about how our daughter will be so lonely etc

      Time for people to just worry about their own uterus

      • mayamae says:

        I’m an only. You’re child may be occasionally lonely, but the benefits far outweigh that risk. My house if where my friends gathered, and I was always allowed to bring my bestie to outings and family vacations.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        That is so mean. You do what you think is best. Why do people have to, or feel they have the right to butt in about children? I couldn’t have any, and you wouldn’t believe the things people say to me. Or maybe you would, since they are saying just as stupid things to you. As I said above, my little brother adds so much to my life, but I have two other siblings, and I love them because they’re my siblings, but they don’t add much to my life except drama and headaches. So having another child is no guarantee that your child will never be lonely.

      • Amanduh says:

        I’m with you Audrey!! We’re going back and forth on whether we should have another. My daughter is almost 2 and I’m not sure I want to go back and do it all again!?

      • LeahMommy says:

        People are always asking me if I’m gonna go for #3 while I’m still heavily pregnant with #2! Hilarious. Don’t pay any mind to it, having children and bringing them up is hard enough, it should be you and your partner’s decision alone.

      • Erin says:

        It depends how you raise your children. Raise them to NOT be the center of your world and give them space and they will be fine. My parents constantly obsessed over me and made me their world and I hated every second of it and still am struggling to get over my issues at 33.

      • mojoman says:

        Audrey, I hear you. I have 2 boys and people still asked me if we want to try for a girl. I replied, heck no! the factory is closed. It doesn’t matter how many kids you have as long as you shower them with love and attention.

    • Bridget says:

      I hated pregnancy with a passion but gritted through it twice. My boys are almost 2 years apart exactly, and I will say that watching them play together and the way they love each other is one of the greatest joys in my life. But the lady plumbing is closed for business. I got so depressed through both pregnancies, I don’t know if I could do that again. Or put my body through gaining 50 pounds.

      I have a job that puts me around a lot of moms and pregnant ladies, and I can guarantee you that there is a wide spectrum of experiences with pregnancy. Some hate it, some love it, some could take it or leave it. Ironically, I thought childbirth itself was really cool and I’d totally do that again.

      • Lesley says:

        I am so with you. Same experience. Birthing them was a pleasure after the horrible pregnancies. And for me it’s 2 girls

      • Bridget says:

        In hindsight I realize that some of the stuff was really screwed up. I had such high anxiety that I was continually worried something was going to happen to the baby – literally, I would sit there and wait for him to kick so I knew he was alive. For the full pregnancy. That is just not good. And I had a really healthy, uneventful pregnancy.

    • J.Mo says:

      LeahMommy, even if your kids aren’t best friends they will socialize each other and they won’t be alone. Congratulations! As an only child I say you’re giving your first child a great gift.

    • Lucinda says:

      Not everyone is comfortable with pregnancy but that doesn’t mean they will be terrible moms or don’t love kids. Pregnancy is pretty much out of our control. However, as to whether or not they entertain each other, it depends on the kids and how far apart in age they are. I will say this (and not as a side-eye at all to those who choose to have only one child), I read once that giving your child a sibling is one of the best gifts you can give them because they will learn things they can only learn from a sibling, such as sharing space and toys and learning compromise. I have found this to be true with my children because kids respond to siblings differently than they do parents. Good luck. Hope your pregnancy goes well.

  6. GiGi says:

    Ha! Kaiser you need to move to West Michigan – I’m surrounded by Dutchies – including my husband. We call them the Dutch Mafia.

    And at 5’7 and I am ALWAYS the shortest one in the room. It’s the only place I’ve lived in the world where I’ve known adult women who are natural blondes, lol!

    • phoenixthecat says:

      I second that! I moved out to Grand Rapids 3 years ago and feel like I stepped into tall thin blonde model world…and I’m 5’1′ so their 10 year olds are taller than me…

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      We live in Grand Rapids and my husband is in the Dutch Mafia too (he moved to MI from The Netherlands when ge was 8). :-) He’s 6’4″ and his 3 sisters are all 5’10″-6’1″. I gew up in SoCal where being a 5’10″ redhead made me a freak of nature, so I love being in Dutch country!

      Our kids are freakishly tall, too. My 3yr old daughter is taller than more than 1/2 of my son’s kindergarten class, and she doesn’t start school for another 2yrs. I figure she’ll be over 6’0″ as an adult. My youngest is 18mos old and all the Dutch grannies at church constantly tell me what a little Dutch girl she is. The Dutch genes are apparently VERY strong!

      How are you liking GR @PhoenixtheCat?

      • GiGi says:

        Aw – you fit right in, lol!

        My hubs is 2nd generation so he doesn’t speak Dutch or anything, but his parents do!

        I love going to VanderVeen’s every year to get all the supplies for Sinterklaas!

      • phoenixthecat says:

        Hey! I’ve got to be honest and say I was a little intimidated about moving out here because of the overt conservatism, but I’m carving a little niche out here and am pretty happy. Minus the insane winter we had (and I say this as a person who loves snow). Plus you can’t beat all the inexpensive delicious beer (Vivant and Harmony are my favorites) and being a few short hours away from Traverse and Chicago. I love seeing the Michigan representation here (grew up on the SE side) :D

    • LAK says:

      Gigi: I remember my first time in Scandinavia. That sort of blindness can’t be replicated!!!

      • GiGi says:

        I agree! I think you edited your comment, LAK, but I’m going to respond to it anyway… Half my husband’s family is the blonde Dutch variety – the other half Dark Dutch – like Mongolian spots dark. My bio kids are the same – one fair, the other dark (although that *might* be from me, lol!) But my youngest daughter is African American and with gorgeous, very dark skin. We live in a very diverse area, but when we go into these pockets of heavily Dutch folks – they just cannot believe her skin. They love it, but it’s such a different thing to them. Just like their no-roots blonde hair is a novelty to me! It’s amazing the variations in the human race – I just love it! And in my family we are Japanese, Native American, Dutch and African American – a serious melting pot <3

      • LAK says:

        OMG Gigi….talk about United nations.

        I’ll add back my comment. You always have people staring at black people whose skin tone is blue black, and I never truly understood why one would stare until I arrived in Scandinavia. Couldn’t stop staring and staring. All that blondeness. The skin tone that goes with it. And the height.

        It’s definitely not the same as the type of Blondeness you have in Britain or even from a bottle. It is so fascinating to me.

        Ditto Black Indians were something i’d not come across until I lived in India. We tend to Bengalis in Uganda who have white skin tones and most Asians in Britain and Canada come from Uganda – legacy of being thrown out of Uganda in the 70s.

        These days, with information and travel, i’m more aware of Black Indians and all the different skin tones in between.

    • GByeGirl says:

      Hah! I’m from GR and I’m currently in the FL panhandle. West Michigan seems like Ann Arbor compared to this area! I’ve been away for 10 years, but anytime I go back to visit, I’m so happy about all the positive changes back home.

      • jjva says:

        Look at all us West Michiganders! I’m from Grand Rapids, but live in the DC area now. I’m six feet tall and blonde (though not Dutch) and I never thought that was a strange thing until I left for college in Houston, where I stood out just a little bit more. :) I’m always happy to see what’s happening to GR when I go home, too!

  7. Cupcake says:

    I don’t have a problem with this. Models are hired for their aesthetic and it makes sense to me that they should be fired if they no longer fit the aesthetic needed for the job. To me this is not a women’s rights issue or a legal issue, it’s just simply meeting job requirements or not. I’m sorry she felt badly about losing her job, maybe she should pursue jobs that have less shallow requirements in the future?

  8. Ellen says:

    Never mind the modeling agents , it doesn’t sound like Walliams was the most supportive husband, either. Was I the only one who thought his comments were probably because his pregnant wife was feeling too blah to have sex? Offsides.

  9. NYC_girl says:

    She reminds me a little of a 70s Patti Hansen. I’m not a huge fan of the gap-tooth thing but I admire her for not fixing her quirk.

  10. Manjit says:

    When will the fashion industry realise that women are not meant to be the shape of teenage boys. I’m so tired of it.

  11. Asra says:

    Not all women enjoy having a new born!! New born and a new mum things can be quite isolating and depressing.
    I hope I’m not being judged now

    • GiGi says:

      I’m the same! I have 3 kids and I am not a baby person at all. My husband loves that little baby stage, but it is terribly lonely those first couple of years. No judgement from me!

      • Asra says:

        Wow, good on you for having 3!!!! I only have one and I was the loneliest, most depressed and desperate. found the first year extremely hard, and the first 6 months to the stage that I was questioning why do even people bother to have kids!
        She is 3 now and since the age 2 I started really enjoying motherhood and even though 3 is the best age, I still am not convinced to have another one. So well done for being so brave

      • GiGi says:

        It’s a funny thing. I love having children, but that baby phase is just rough. In fact, if we adopt again, we’ll be adopting an older child. I work from home as well, so for those first couple of years you just end up feeling like you’ll never be free again, lol!

        But now all 3 are in school and they are amazing little people so it’s totally worth it.

      • Asra says:

        Wow you adopted all 3 of them? If you don’t mind me asking

      • GiGi says:

        Not at all! I have two bio and one via adoption :)

      • LeahMommy says:

        I actually loved that baby stage but it started to get hard for us when my daughter started walking at around 13 months and it’s still going on. Her “terrible twos” started early and she is moody, teary, impatient and demanding but when she is in a good mood it’s all worth it, she has a smile that could melt steel. I can’t wait for her to get out of that phase though. I’m hoping the new baby will take away some of that moodiness since she’ll have someone to play with/dote on.

  12. ImWithTheBand says:

    I’m 34 weeks pregnant and I have not enjoyed it at all. The end result will be totally worth it but for me, pregnancy blows.

  13. aenflex says:

    Being pregnant sucks, IMO. I’ve not enjoyed any part of it so far. I wonder why at 3 months along she hadn’t had a scan yet? My medical office has done 3 ultrasounds already, and I’ve another one in 2 weeks. And I’m not even 4 months.

  14. LAK says:

    I met her a year before she was pregnant. Definitely not a size 2. She’s a size 4-6 with huuuge boobs, though that could have been the dress she was wearing where her boobs had been squeezed up and on a shelf as presentation.

    What i’m taking from this interview is that she had no support for her pregnant self, from work or partner, and that’s given her a negative self image as far as pregnancy is concerned.

    Don’t think she’ll be in a hurry to reproduce again.

  15. Talie says:

    I wonder if a lot of her discomfort with pregnancy came from her feeling like she had no worth since she couldn’t work.

  16. emmie_a says:

    How is gaining weight and not fitting in your clothes anywhere close to being body dysmorphia?

  17. Nerd Alert says:

    Couldn’t they have just called her? Seems a little cruel to let her show up and see her replacement working. Rude.

  18. Gabrielle says:

    I have an 8 month old son and I love him more than anything. But pregnancy was really hard for me. And I recognize that I had a “normal” pregnancy and didn’t even have it all that bad compared to some women who have true medical concerns. I’m not sure I could go through with that again. Having an only child is not the worst thing in the world.

  19. Giselle says:

    I thought everyone on this site was for FEMINISM? People laughing because a model can’t work? Isn’t that what feminist work hard for women to do? I swear people on this site are sad smh

  20. BlackBetty says:

    Kudos on pregnancy being hard. It’s really a relief to hear other people find the baby stage can be isolating and depressing. I feel more normal now! I deferred studying and people are younger than me. Meanwhile the mums in playgroups are about 10 years older than me.

    • mojoman says:

      BlackBetty, you most surely are normal :-) I enjoyed the pregnancy stages but hated the newborn stage. It didn’t help that we were in a foreign country (China)and far from family. Couldn’t speak the language, my son had all series of newborn’s allergies/colic AND on top of that, my husband went on business trips during the first months!! I vowed then I won’t have another child. It’s a surprise I never get any post partum because the feeling of loneliness, frustration and loss of freedom really set in. Fortunately past 6 months phase everything turned up better and 3 years after my first son I was pregnant with another one. But yeah, everyone has different experiences at different stages of their baby and there shouldn’t be any judgement AT ALL.

  21. Ginger says:

    I was so, so happy to finally be pregnant after trying for years. But honestly, my pregnancy was horridly awful. I also lost my waist immediately. I was very ill for months. I only got to “enjoy” pregnancy for about one month (the fifth) when I wasn’t ill and my body felt good but then all hell broke loose and I had major complications that put my life and my son’s life at risk. We nearly died during the process. He was born early and we were both in the hospital. Then afterwards I couldn’t breast feed despite trying desperately to do so. I was miserable. My mother finally talked some sense into me by taking me aside and pointing out how I was stressing myself out and going through post partum depression in addition to everything else. It was a shock to me after having witnessed other women who “sailed” through pregnancy and childbirth. I felt robbed and cheated in that respect. On the other hand I also felt so strong for having weathered such a difficult time and coming out on the other side with a healthy mind and child. After a couple of years I wanted to try again but my primary doctor and my OB both told me I was too high of a risk to get pregnant again. I would love to have adopted but given the fact that my ex and I split I’m glad now that we did not go down that path. So, I have a fantastic, beautiful only child. That’s the way the cookie crumbles. I am truly grateful to have my son. But I envy women that enjoy pregnancy and have an “easy” birth. Then breast feed and do all of that normal stuff without any issues. Feel blessed if you are among them! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one that had a hard time.

  22. mkyarwood says:

    Good lord. Get Married ‘When are you having kids?’ Have baby ‘When are you having another one?’ Have second baby ‘Are you going to try for a girl/boy?’ As for Walliams’ ‘adjustment’, too bad, dude. Even supermodels have pregnancy side effects.

  23. shannon says:

    I agree that she doesn’t have a lot of ground to complain – that’s the nature of the modeling industry, at least as I understand it. But it didn’t sound to me like she was particularly bitter or anything, just that she was relating a story.

    As far as spacing kids, I had my first at 19 and figured on not having anymore. Then I got a surprise when I was 31, now I have a 19-year-old son and a 7-year-old son. I wish they could be closer in age at times, because of course right now they have almost nothing in common. Once in a while, they’ll play a video game together but that’s about it. But like everything, it has it’s ups and downs – the upside is the time my body had to recover and the fact that they never fight LOL. Different things work for different families, it’s silly of people to judge other people’s procreating choices IMO

  24. HoustonGrl says:

    I don’t see why she had to be fired. Models are photoshopped to the nines anyway. Can’t they just digitally crop out any extra pounds (which I doubt were even noticeable)? It’s time out world gets more mother/pregnancy friendly. And I’m saying this as a professional woman who’s not planning on having kids.

  25. Amulla says:

    My advice to pregnant women is don’t tell your employer you are pregnant, until you absolutely have to. Pregnancy discrimination is rampant these days. Interestingly enough, women bosses are more likely to fire a pregnant worker than male bosses.

  26. Larissa says:

    All the dutch ass kissing on this post made me nauseous. And I am dutch.
    And btw, early pregnancy symptoms often include you know, morning sickness and fatigue. Hence why models on that stage are not very reliable for day long shoots, it does take more than one hour, so I highly doubt it was about the weight gain.

  27. CuriousCole says:

    Her clueless husband clearly didn’t help matters! “How come you aren’t a ray of sunshine and perfect health 24/7?” Horrible twit.

  28. Claire says:

    I love David Walliams. I watched the documentry of his Thames swim and they seemed really cute together. I was a bit sceptical about the pairing but they grew on me. I have had 4 kids – I LOVE the newborn stage, but that is just me. Having a baby in the house makes me feel happy and pregnancy, while not fun, was ok because I was lucky to have nothing hideous going on. Sometimes my partner would piss me off because he seemed to carry on with life as normal, not be so sympathetic – but otherwise he was pretty good. She is an amazing model – must be hard to be top of her game and then suddenly realise how easily your top dog position can be snatched away.