A SKINNY TELL-ALL

Just how far will some models go to stay stick-thin? The Vogue Factor is a tell-all by a former Vogue editor.

We’ve all heard stories about some models’ bizarre eating habits… From only drinking water, to living on greens alone, and chain-smoking, the weight obsession is far from over. A former Vogue editor says it’s a lot more serious and scandalous than we think.
The Vogue Factor is a tell-all penned by Kirstie Clements, who was fired from her position as editor at Australian Vogue in 2012. According to Clements, eating tissues is definitely on the menu. “When a model who was getting good work in Australia starved herself down two sizes in order to be cast in the overseas shows... the Vogue fashion office would say she'd become 'Paris thin'," claims Clements in her new book. But the allegations don’t end here. Clements reveals that one model spoke about a friend who was hospitalised often and “on a drip” in an effort to retain a model-slim fit.
Clements recounts her experiences with models on shoots, in particular one who, the author says, did not eat a thing on a three-day shoot and was visibly fatigued.
Despite the global Health Initiative launched by Vogue editions worldwide last year, fashion designers and numerous magazines, including Vogue, continue to cast super-skinny models in various editorials, ad campaigns and runway shows. The Health Initiative was designed to educate models about good health, and insure their well-being, in an industry that is known for its cutthroat nature. Yet, underage models (15 years of age) still walk the runway, while others show off a stick-thin, unhealthy frame.  
There’s no doubt that Clements will be described as a revenge-seeking ex-editor by some, but this "tell-all" should come as no surprise. It joins the list of other scandalous-type reads, which recount ugly truths about the industry, such as Fashion Babylon (by Imogen Edwards-Jones) and The Devil Wears Prada (by Lauren Weisberger), and make for an interesting read.
The Vogue Factor eBook is currently available at kalahari.com and is priced at R248.95.

Pictured above: Just how skinny is too skinny? Some designers still cast extremely thin models in their runway presentations