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The Fashion Week Food Diaries

We asked four members of the fashion community— two models, an editor, and a show producer—to track their intake during the frenzy.

The Female Model
Denise Mullins, 21, Code Model Management

Day 1
10:00 A.M. Home
One cup of green tea. I have a call time of eleven, and I know Trew Productions will have nice food backstage.

11: 45 Backstage at Atil Kutoglu
I eat before I go on the runway. They usually have a big vegetable-and-dip spread, sandwiches cut up, a fruit tray, and then a huge tray of sweets chopped in tiny bite-size pieces. It’s not like they’re by any means trying to starve us. I have one massive cup of coffee (skim milk, of course), a handful of grapes, three slices of melon, four pineapple slices, and three Starbucks sample-size pieces of brownie and Rice Krispies treats.

4:30 P.M. Lovely Day Restaurant
One Bloody Mary, salmon with mashed sweet potatoes, one green-tea latte.

9:00 Takahashi
Rock-shrimp tempura, one spicy tuna roll, two pieces salmon sashimi, two pieces tuna sashimi with low-sodium soy sauce. Sodium makes you really bloated. I think the low sodium makes a difference. And anyway, I don’t like the taste of regular soy sauce. About a liter and a half of water throughout the day.

Day 2
11:00 A.M. Home
Cup of green tea.

1:30 P.M. Brunch at Freemans
Three cups of coffee. Split the artichoke-dip appetizer with my boyfriend. Spinach salad (contemplated ordering the dressing on the side, then ordered extra dressing).

6:30 (to about 10:00) Super Bowl Party
I told myself before going I would be good and not indulge in the junk-food buffet. I am a professional, after all! Two red-velvet cupcakes with white-chocolate-cream-cheese frosting, one bowl of chili (without cheese!), one piece of cheesecake with blueberry topping. I managed to pass on the chips and dips, and only had a bite of the pepperoni stromboli, and it was damn good! Throughout the day, drank about a liter and a half of water.

Day 3
10:30 A.M. Home
One cup green tea, one bowl of vanilla low-fat yogurt with oatmeal topped with blueberries.

3:00 P.M. Lunch on the Go
Running around all day to fittings and castings, so no time to stop for lunch. One cashew-cookie Lärabar.

4:00 Backstage at H. Fredriksson Show
Half a cinnamon bagel with cream cheese.

9:00 Stand
Chopped salad (I watched my boyfriend scarf a juicy burger, then wash it down with a milkshake. I was impressed by my willpower), four onion rings (damn it!). About a liter of water throughout the day.

Day 4
10:00 A.M. Home
One bottle Kombucha tea. It’s a fermented Chinese tea. Supposedly it has all of these properties for the immune system, metabolism support, digestion. One apple.

1:45 P.M. Clinton Street Baking Company
Bowl of lobster bisque. I only stared at the biscuit that came with it.

8:00 Cube 63
Two gyoza, one piece scallop (no rice), one spicy scallop roll, one Clinton roll. Again, low-sodium soy sauce. I love sushi. It’s lean protein, it’s good for you. About a liter of water throughout the day.

Day 5
9:00 A.M. Home
One bottle Kombucha tea.

1:00 P.M. Starbucks
Grande soy latte. I do soy milk if I’m at a place that has it. My mom is a nurse, so my parents are into healthy eating. When you’re tired and stressed, you don’t have much of an appetite. So when I drink a big coffee like this, I find it kind of filling. It’ll hold me over until I have a chance to get something to eat.

2:00 Backstage at Cynthia Vincent
Three slices of melon, one massive cup of coffee, half a tomato-and-mozzarella sandwich, two bite-size pieces of a Rice Krispies treat.

7:00 Boyfriend’s House
It was too cold to go out to dinner, so we just ordered in: three pieces of bok choy, four chunks of General Tso’s chicken, one mystery shrimp, half a bowl of brown rice.

9:00 Boyfriend’s House
I needed chocolate! Two bites of a Snickers bar that he has at his place. Generally, I don’t [keep it in the house]. But I usually have some sort of M&Ms in my freezer or something because we all crave sweets—especially girls. About a liter of water throughout the day.

Day 6
10:00 A.M. Home
One bottle of Kombucha tea.

1:30 P.M. Backstage at Myself by Kai Kühne
Two pieces of a veggie roll, one crab cake, a handful of gummy bears, four Tootsie Rolls, a glass of Champagne.

5:00 Café Habana
One margarita after my last show as a kind of celebration. When you leave those shows, you are always on such a high. I had been super-busy the past two weeks with castings and sitting. I was unwinding. It was a crazy two weeks. Two slices of chicken and a cheese quesadilla.

9:30 Momofuku with Friends
One bowl of kimchee stew. Once again, about a liter and a half of water throughout the day.