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I’m a former Maxim model and ‘drugged and raped over lunch with a photographer and forced to sleep with my agent for work’

A FORMER Maxim model claims she was “drugged and raped” during a lunch with a photographer and felt compelled to sleep with her agent for work.

Nikki DuBose was one of the biggest models of the early 2000s who often appeared on the covers of Maxim and Glamor.

Former Maxim model Nikki DuBose claims she was subjected to mental, sexual and physical abuse during her time in the industry

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Former Maxim model Nikki DuBose claims she was subjected to mental, sexual and physical abuse during her time in the industryCredit: Twitter / Nikki DuBose
DuBose featured on the covers of many magazines in the early 2000s

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DuBose featured on the covers of many magazines in the early 2000sCredit: Maxim

But now she revealed in an interview that her former agent encouraged her to be anorexic and only give her work if she slept with him.

DuBose says she’s “pressured to be thinner” and that her agency “doesn’t care about her mental or physical health.”

“I was a fashion model for many years, very successful, and unfortunately I have seen the darkest side of the industry,” she said.

DuBose added that she felt “pressured” by her company director who slept with him on multiple occasions.

“And when I did, I worked more. But when I don’t, the work stops coming.”

She also said she was “drugged and raped” during a lunch with a photographer that left her “totally inhuman and traumatized.”

The result of the abuse is said to have left DuBose with an “eating disorder and bodybuilding disorder”.

“I think the modeling agency definitely aggravated my problem,” she said.

DuBose calls modeling a “psychologically damaging industry” and says she works the most when she’s sickest with anorexia nervosa.

“I only weigh 90 lbs but everyone around me just loves it. They tell you, “You look amazing, you’re the prettiest girl we’ve ever seen.”

Currently, DuBose is the founder of an eating disorder recovery coaching service called Live ED Free. She also attended Meridian University for a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

She authored a book in 2016 titled Washed Away: From Darkness to Light, where she discussed her battle with eating disorders, depression, and sexual abuse.

“It is time to come together to stop the abuse of women across all industries,” she said.

DuBose wrote a book in 2016 recounting her struggles with eating disorders, depression, and sexual abuse.

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DuBose wrote a book in 2016 recounting her struggles with eating disorders, depression, and sexual abuse.Credit: YouTube
She is earning her PhD in Clinical Psychology and runs an eating disorder recovery service called Live ED Free

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She is earning her PhD in Clinical Psychology and runs an eating disorder recovery service called Live ED FreeCredit: thenikkidubose / Instagram

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