Here we go again. Another model has revealed to the mainstream media that some models, in an effort to stay thin, eat cotton balls.
The latest revelation comes from Bria Murphy, Eddie Murphy's 23-year-old daughter who models for beauty brand Dark & Lovely and has posed for magazines like Maxim. Murphy told "Good Morning America" that she's witnessed her fellow models go to dangerous lengths to stay thin, from drug addictions to eating disorders.
And then there's that ever-present diet trend: the cotton balls. Murphy said:
"I've heard of people eating the cotton balls with the orange juice… they dip it in the orange juice and then they eat the cotton balls to help them feel full, because the cotton's not doing anything. It's just dissolving. And it makes you think you're full, but you're not."
Crazy as it sounds, we've actually heard this plenty of times before. In 2010, model Amy Lemons told Model Alliance founder Sara Ziff that she'd seen young models eating cotton balls dipped in juice. In 2011, Sessilee Lopez's mother, Janice Celeste, wrote in her book: "I personally know of one model who dipped cotton balls in orange juice and consumed it to feel full. Later it came out that she had anorexia." Russian model Kira Dikhtyar told Fox News in 2012 that she'd heard the same thing done.
Former Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Kristie Clements described similar behavior in her recent book, The Vogue Factor, but with a twist: Models are also eating tissues.
No matter when or where it's happening, it's a devastatingly unhealthy habit that only underscores the desperation of many models to stay skinny. Let Bria Murphy's latest dispatch from the modeling field be a reminder of how far the modeling industry still has to go.
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