Fashion magazines have already made the switch from size 0 models to healthier, curvier looking girls, but it’s yet to happen in the world of catwalk modeling. This means that girls are still killing themselves for a career, model Kira Dikhtyar reveals in an interview for Fox News.
That extreme dieting and rather unorthodox practices were being used by girls to lose weight quickly and, most importantly, to keep it off, was probably no secret, but the things Dikhtyar reveals are truly jaw-dropping.
Some of them are encouraged to consume drugs or speed to abstain from eating and to lose even the slightest trace of a “curve.”
Others, in a desperate bid to no longer feel hunger pains, swallow cotton balls or water pills, which are meant to deceive their stomachs into feeling full.
Injections are also becoming increasingly popular in the industry.
“Packs of cigarettes, daily colonics, laxatives, Phentermine diet pills, Adderal, prescription drugs that suppress the appetite,” Kira says in the interview about the trendiest methods used for weight control these days.
“I’ve heard stories that some modeling agents encourage girls to do speed and cocaine in order to speed up metabolism and eat less,” she goes on to say.
“And all kinds of injections are becoming more and more popular, from HCG injections that go with a 500-calorie 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,” Kira adds.
In the same Fox News piece, Emmy Award-winning stylist and author David Zyla explains why thin models are preferred on the catwalk, whereas magazines seem more inclined these days to choose healthier looking girls.
Magazines need to make customers feel they can relate to the image they’re seeing, while fashion shows are mostly for retailers’ eyes: as such, the designer can’t have a model “distract” from the outfit she’s wearing by having curves.
Kira notes that, as tragic as these practices may be, she imagines a change is coming here too.
“Modeling scouts are now not only seeking the look of the moment but are also concerned with representing bankable young women who possess a healthy outlook as well. […] This fashion week, only Elie Tahari sent me back because I was too skinny. So I guess I should applaud him,” she says.