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Those Juice Fasts Are Not Exactly Healthy

These body-cleansing, weight-eliminating cure-alls are all the rage, but you won't believe what one writer wound up with after she juice fasted for ten days.

France Revisits the Skinny-Model Problem

France is not ignoring the skinny model problem, pas de tout. But they expect the titans of industry to change the status quo on voluntary basis.

The New Bridezilla Is Bulimic and Smokes Ciggies

A recent study revealed 70 percent of engaged women in the U.S. hope to lose twenty pounds by their wedding day. So they vomit after meals and suppress appetites with cigarettes.

Britain Fights Photoshopped Magazine Images

Judging from the clavicle action on the runways this past Fashion Week, the British Fashion Council's Model Health Inquiry hasn't had a major effect on catwalks, but the council is pushing for change in editorial departments.

Stars Slim Down With Horse Pills and the ‘Idiot’ Diet

When celebrities tell magazines they became walking spaghetti strands by doing yoga and walking their dogs, they're lying. In fact, they're overexercising, starving themselves, smoking cigarettes, and taking drugs and prescription horse pills…

Man Girdles Are All the Rage

Women are not the only ones who want to conceal bit of extra flesh around the midsection with Spanx: Men do, too. And you know what? They are! Take Robert Verdi:

Designer Bradley Bayou Calls Out CFDA for Too-Thin Models

The skinny-model debate persists today thanks to designer Bradley Bayou. He stopped using size-0 and size-2 models after his daughter battled anorexia. She collapsed from the disease after years of struggling to fit into his sample sizes.

Ashley Tisdale's Nose Doesn't Match Her Doll's

Attention celebrities: If you're going to get a nose job and you have a doll of yourself coming out, try to get the surgery before the doll gets mocked up. Don't make the mistake High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale did and get the old version of you designed.

Model Eats, Obviously Sent Home From Paris

Here's a good one from Paris: It's not as if the scant body mass indexes on runways are good things. But the absurdity marches on, and still some strong-headed young things refuse to accept the conventions of modeling's narrow vision.

Emma Thompson Fights Miramax's Weight-Loss Demands

Ever wonder why some actresses suddenly show up to award shows all thin and sickly? (Besides for the obvious reasons, we mean.) Well, it's kind of like when guys show up with facial hair, looking inappropriately scrubby and explain that it's for a movie role: Studios sometimes ask actresses lose weight when they don't need to. (Shocker.)

New British Agency Bans Size 0 Models

We've known for a long time that in order for the number of frighteningly thin models on runways and in magazines to diminish, someone would actually have to do something rather than just talk about it. It would have been awesome if that person were, say, Marc Jacobs, but we'll settle for Camille Parker Bowles's nephew Ben Elliot. He's just launched a modeling agency in the U.K. called Quintessentially Models which doesn't sign any "size 0" girls.

Lessons Learned From ‘Elle’ Editor's Derriere Diary

Anne Slowey is the fashion news and accessories editor at Elle. We base this on nothing more than looking at her pretty picture and reading what she's written, but she strikes us as one of those women who's a perfectly normal size but can't help but strive to be thinner, because she — like everyone else in the world, ourselves included — can't remember what a healthy woman looks like. Allow us to explain.