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Model to lose 40 pounds in 3 mos. to expose industry`s dangers

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Nikki Muffoletto is a perfect size 8. At 5'10 and 160 pounds, this plus-size model used to walk away from a shoot with a $10,000 check. But since Nikki lost 40 pounds a couple of years ago, she says she's lost 90 percent of the job offers.

"I'm too thin but I'm too big to be a regular size model," Nikki explains. "I'm 5'10 and a size 8, so the standard for modeling is a size 2. "

In the plus-size industry, dress sizes average a 12 or 14. Nikki says she's caught in the middle of those worlds and it's time to take a stand against what she calls an "impossible standard" for most women to fulfill.

Nikki is giving herself three months to lose 40 more pounds so she can continue to work in the modeling industry. She plans to document her journey to show how tough and unrealistic it will be to shed that many pounds in a short amount of time.

"I mean, why do we have to have someone quite that small?" she asks. "I mean, going back 10 to 15 years, we had Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford and their bodies were beautiful and their hips were maybe 36 or 37--and even then some of us thought they were too thin? Yeah, so my thing is the standard in the modeling industry is just way too small."

Erica Cruz is an agent with the Lily Talent Agency in the West Loop. They represent models and actors of different shapes, sizes and colors. Cruz thinks the documentary will shed light on how difficult it can be for women and girls to lose weight.

"I think that women obviously want to see a reflection of what they are, so I think it definitely could spark change," Cruz says. "Obviously, we have a long way to go in the fashion industry, but I think little by little we're seeing improvement and progress."

Nikki hopes to start the diet in October after she raises $25,000. 

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