A size zero model has told how she was kicked off a Paris catwalk for being too fat – despite starving herself down to 102lb.
Ali Michael, 17, says her hair fell out in clumps and her periods stopped for a year as she became seriously ill trying to compete in the world of fashion.
She turned to a nutritionist to help keep her slim in a healthy way, but this caused her to put on a few much needed pounds.
And even though she was still a US size zero (UK Size 4), she was told her legs were too fat for a Paris fashion show. Now, 5ft 9in Ali is speaking out. She says the industry is making models – as well as young girls who aspire to look like them – ill.
“It has to change,” she said.
Ali was joined on America’s Today show by Amy Astley, editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, who said she sees an alarming trend for models having to be skinnier. She added: “It comes from the designers.”
By Mark Ellis, Foreign Editor