Models ‘Eat Tissues To Stay Thin’: What Else Does Former Vogue Editor Kirstie Clements Reveal About Fashion World?

By iScienceTimes Staff on April 4, 2013 2:18 PM EDT

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A model presents a creation during Colombo Fashion Week 2013 in Sri Lanka. Ex-Vogue editor reveals secrets of the modeling world. In tell-all book. How models stay thin. (Photo: Reuters)

Models "eat tissues to stay thin" - just one of the many salacious secrets of the modeling industry former Vogue Australia editor Kirstie Clements reveals in her book "The Vogue Factor". After thirteen years as editor of Vogue Australia, Clements is now pulling back the curtain on one of the most esoteric industries on the planet.

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What else does she say about the secrets of the fashion world? For one, Clemens reveals that some models receive breast reductions to look thinner. She also recalls hearing about models who were hospitalized and put on drips because they had starved themselves.

The International Business Times reports that Clements was fired in May 2012 after 25 years of service at the magazine, 13 of which she were spent piloting it. According to the Times, this is the first instance in which a prominent Australian fashion editor has opened up about the industry's dirty secrets.

After being swiftly ejected from her position as editor back in 2012, Clements said she was offered a book deal the very next day.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday, Clements said she feels like she was part of the problem, referring to the fashion industry's habit of lauding the super-skinny model. "To tell you the truth, I thought everyone was complicit in it," she said.

She also talked about some of the things she reveals in "The Vogue Factor," one of them being the prevalence of eating disorders in the fashion industry. She explained:  

"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."

She went on to say that while some girls do lose weight for shows in a healthy manner, or simply have a very thin body type, she witnessed and heard about many models who take part in "dangerous regimes" to get to the "Paris-thin" weight. She also said that it is the responsibility of the editor of a publication to determine if a model is dangerously unhealthy. "You have to look at things like skin color and hair," she said.

According to IOL, Clements' book also reveals that some models resort to breast reduction surgery to look skinnier if dieting doesn't work.

Clements also wrote that, when a model starved herself down two sizes so she would be cast in overseas shows, the Vogue fashion office would say she had become "Paris thin," according to IOL.

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