We can unanimously agree that models are gorgeous and have striking features, but the life of a model is far from ideal. When your body determines your career, and it’s propensity to change is restricted beyond human capability, you can resort to desperate measures to keep within your industry’s narrow confines. Russian modal Kira Dikhtyar sat down with Fox News yesterday and told her horrifying account of dangerous methods she witnessed her fellow models use to keep their bodies as skinny as can be.
We’ve heard of some weird and peculiar dieting habits before, but the habits used among unhealthily determined models are grave. From Refinery29, Dikhtyar had some alarming accounts kept secret in the modeling world:
Packs of cigarettes, daily colonics, laxatives, Phentermine diet pills, Adderal, prescription drugs that suppress the appetite…I’ve heard stories that some modeling agents encourage girls to do speed and cocaine in order to speed up metabolism and eat less. And, all kinds of injections are becoming more and more popular, from HCG injections that go with a 500-carlorie diet plan to T3 thyroid injections that healthy models inject in an attempt to speed up their thyroid function, which results in a faster metabolism.
There are other means of weight control that Kira Dikhtyar observed – eating cotton balls to curb hunger, hypnosis and excessive dieting and exercise to name a few. Fortunately, the pressures that wear down models’ bodies are progressively being lifted by the efforts of some high fashion groups. Diane Von Furstenberg, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, also known as CFDA, provided health guidelines earlier this year before fashion week to ensure that models stay safe and sound. Even Dikhtyar admits that one designer sent her away for being too skinny, and she is now thankful for his eye-opening comments.
What do you think of these extreme techniques employed by models? When will the fashion industry demand less and be more accepting off all bodies?