Former Vogue editor: Models would eat tissues to feel full
Clements tells "Entertainment Tonight" that she felt compelled to write about the problem of eating disorders because she saw so many dangerous behaviors during her 25 years working at Vogue, including models who ate tissue paper in order to feel full.
"It's not every model, but there are certainly parts of the industry where you will see that girls have got eating disorders. They're normally required to lose a great deal of weight to actually get into those sample sizes that you'll see on those international runways, and that's where you start to see trouble happening," says Clements.
She also says that it's not every model who practices dangerous weight-loss techniques, but there's a lot of pressure put on them by casting directors and agents.
"I think it's essentially from the casting for the shows, whether that's casting directors, designers, stylists, editors. There's a pretty small pool of very influential people that dominate the fashion arena worldwide," says Clements. "I did consider myself to be part of the problem, to tell you the truth. I felt that that everybody was complicit in it."
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