The shocking lengths some models go to in order to maintain their catwalk-ready figures.

As the seasons fashions weeks are in full swing,  one model has spoken of the great lengths some models go to in order to achieve the sample-sized figure that they are required to have.

Russian model Kira Dikhtyar told Fox News that “packs of cigarettes, daily colonics, laxatives, Phentermine diet pills, Adderal, prescription drugs that suppress the appetite” are just some of the techniques employed by models to not eat and stay thin.

“I’ve heard stories that some modelling 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 (human chorionic gonadotropin) 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.”

HCG injections consist of a hormone which is produced during pregnancy and causes the uterus to be enriched with a thick lining of blood vessels and capillaries so that it can sustain a growing foetus. As a prescription medication, HCG injections are often used in fertility therapy, however, they have recently received attention for their use as a potential weight loss aid due to their ability to suppress appetite. Health authorities have advised against using them as a method of weight loss due to serious side effects such as gallstones, stroke and blood clots.

The 24-year-old model has also claimed that some models resort to eating cotton balls in order to fill their stomachs, and said that she had been turned away from designer Elie Tahari for being too thin.

Recently two major initiative have been put in place to help discourrage models taking such extreme measures. The CFDA released guidelines asking New York fashion week designers to, ask models for I.D., encourage those with eating disorders to seek help and to provide substantial amounts of healthy food backstage. Vogue have launched ‘The Heath Initiative’ which is a a pact between 19 of the magazines’ international editors to encourage a healthier approach to body image within the industry.

What do you think of the shocking measures that some models take to stay thin?

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