An ex-model has admitted that she was ‘drugged’ and raped at a fashion luncheon. She also accused her ex-agent, of encouraging her to become anorexic and giving work only if she slept with the agent.
Nikki Dubose was a 36-year-old model who hails from Charleston, South Carolina. In fact, she graced covers for magazines such as Maxim, Glamour, and Glamour in 2000.
But in a powerful new interview with Real Women/Real Stories, she said in order to land modelling jobs, the director of her agency would force her to have sex with him.
Additionally, she claimed that her eating disorders were worsened by the agency because she was “pressured to be skinnier” and they didn’t take care of her mental or physical well-being.
Former model revealed she was raped at a fashion luncheon. Her agent said she would not give her work if she slept in his bed.
Nikki Dubose was 36 years old and from Charleston in South Carolina. In 2000, she was one the largest models in the business, gracing covers of magazines such as Maxim, Glamour, and Glamour.
Nikki, pictured here in 2008 at the peak of her celebrity weight was just 90lbs. She claims she struggled with body dysmorphia and eating disorders during the time when the industry made it worse.
She stated, “I was a fashion designer for many years. I was very successful and unfortunately saw the worst sides of the industry.”
“The director at my agency forced me to go out with him multiple times. Then, when I did sleep with him, I started working more. The work didn’t stop when I stopped.
She also claimed she was ‘drugged, raped’ during a lunch date with a photographer. It left her feeling completely inhuman and traumatized.
“When I was drugged, raped and had lunch with a photographer, it made me feel completely human and traumatized.”
Nikki disclosed that Nikki suffered from eating disorders and body dysmorphia and that the modelling agency where she worked exacerbated these problems.
She admitted that she believed the modeling agency had exacerbated her problems with body dysmorphic disorder and eating disorders.
She said that she would have to have sex in an interview with Real Women/Real Stories in order for her modeling jobs.
Additionally, she claimed her eating disorder was worsened by the agency and that they didn’t take care of her mental or physical well-being.
“It is such a damaging and psychologically harmful industry. The most I did was work when I was the sickest from anorexia. I was not cared for my mental or physical well being.
“I was only pressured to be skinnier. I weighed in at 90lbs and everyone else around me praised it. My friends said to me: “You look amazing! You’re one of the most beautiful girls we’ve ever seen!”
“But they really wanted me to be a profit machine. “I was willing to allow myself to be controlled and abused by others.”
Nikki, now a coach for those with eating disorders and recovery from them is founder of Live Ed Free. She holds a Ph.D. She is a student at Meridian University in Clinical Psychology and has a B.A. California Southern University.
Nikki stated that she had ‘eating disorders’ and ‘body dysmorphia’. She also claimed that modelling agencies exacerbated her problems rather than helping. Photo taken in 2008.
Nikki claimed that she was “pressured” into becoming skinnier and that her weight only reached 90lbs. “Everyone around me just glorified it,” she said. My friends said to me: “You look amazing!”
She also wrote her own book, called Washed Away: From Darkness to Light, in 2016, where she spoke in detail about her ’17 year battle with eating disorders, depression, and sexual abuse.’
Her conclusion was: “It’s now – it is time – it’s a time to get together and end all forms of abuse against women in any industry.”
A lot of people commented on the video in support of Nikki and shared their experiences.
‘I got out of the modeling industry [because]One individual wrote that they were tired of seeing “skinny as pretty” being glorified and have been happier since.
‘Thanks for sharing your story & shinning a light on the dangers in the industry.’
I also added that I worked as a front desk agent at NYC modeling agencies and had close relationships with many models, male and female. Some would cry to me sharing if they didn’t sleep with their agent or the owner of the agency they wouldn’t get work… it’s a really messed up industry.’