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Before Maggie Q, 42, became a badass action heroine, she was a model in an industry that she now calls “so toxic and gross” and “would never recommend anybody” to get into.

In a recent interview with American news site Salon, Maggie, who started her modelling career in Japan as a teen, shared that the agency she was with would try to “shame” their girls into “never eating” or “having an eating disorder” by weighing them every Friday, and then writing that number down next to all the results of their previous weigh-ins on a whiteboard.

“It was like a wall of shame,” she said. “If you gained a pound, everyone knew it and could see it.”

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