Katie Green (born 28 August 1987) is an English model from Chichester, West Sussex. She was first given an opportunity to model when a Surrey photographer arranged a test-shoot for her at Image Park Studio in West Sussex. Green was originally signed to represent Wonderbra in July 2008, but her agency required her to lose weight, and she refused, ending her contract. Green is unusual among models because of her weight for someone her size and her refusal to lose weight to conform to the norms agencies expect of models. She initiated a campaign against size zero models with Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Öpik. Green continues to model and has appeared in numerous publications and campaigns.
Green is 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) tall. As of August 2012, Green has been married to Nathan Marsh. In July 2017 she gave birth to their first child.
Green in 2009
She was first given an opportunity to model when a Surrey, England photographer arranged a test-shoot for her at a photographic studio in West Sussex. She subsequently modelled for a group of photographers on a regular basis to gain experience. She was then introduced to a top London photographer for whom she began to regularly model.
Green was a shopgirl in West Sussex making minimum wage in the summer of 2008 and considering applying to join the police force when she saw a magazine advertisement for a model to represent Wonderbra. She figured she didn’t have a chance but attended an open casting in London in July 2008 and had a few quick pictures taken in her underwear. She applied for FHM’s High Street Honeys competition in 2007, getting into the top 10 in 2008. A week later, The Daily Express newspaper ran a picture of her on Page 3, asking readers to contact them if they knew who she was as she had been selected as the new face of Wonderbra. Green contacted the newspaper and soon learned she had beat out 4,000 other girls in the competition.
Wonderbra introduced her to Premier Model Management agency, who she signed with. She reported that “one the guys from the PR agency from Wonderbra” insisted that she lose weight, that it was normal for models to be a size 8…. Unless I could drop down to that weight, they wouldn’t be willing to get me more work.” They arranged for two photo shoots with Wonderbra, and she appeared on billboards in London’s west end and on the packaging for their D to G cup bras. with the message, D to G, because we’re more than a handful.
They agency insisted that she needed to lose 2 stone (28 lb; 13 kg) and reduce her dress size from a UK size 12 to a UK size 8-10, she began to lose 7 pounds (3.2 kg) in eight days and got sick. She expected modelling work to start flooding in, but she said every time the agency called “it wasn’t with an offer of work, it was to check on my weight loss. I was invited back to London by Premier. I thought, ‘Great, this must be for a new photoshoot,’ but they just wanted to measure me to see how much weight I’d lost. I had to stand on scales then a tape measure came out to do all my vital statistics.” Her family contacted the agency about the demand that she lose weight, and were told, “We advised Katie that commercial and lingerie models need to be an average size 10 as is requested by the market sector she wanted to model for.” She described the pressure to lose weight in an interview in a national newspaper and announced her decision to quit modeling.
Green was signed by the Unleashed PR agency and became the new face of Ultimo’s D-G Range, alongside fellow model Melinda Messenger and Spice Girl Mel B.
Campaign against size zero models
In July 2009 Green launched a campaign titled “Say No to Size Zero” against “size zero” models, with Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Öpik. They began a petition drive with the goal to put an end to size zero and underweight models on the catwalk or working in the fashion industry. They set a goal to obtain 20,000 signatures and plan to present it to the UK Prime Minister and Parliament. They are campaigning for legislation that would require regular health checkups for all models before undertaking any assignments. Tabloid newspapers reported Green and Öpik were dating, suggestions they both denied.