Every now and then you hear of fads models use to keep their weight down. We have heard, for instance, that some eat cotton balls or tampons to feel full without the trouble of calories. Model Sessilee Lopez's mom, Janice Celeste, writes in her self-published book about how to guide a daughter through the industry that she's witnessed, horrifyingly, this fabled cotton ball consumption:
“I’ve seen some life-threatening measures models have gone through to lose weight. Luckily my daughter has never had a weight problem that kick-boxing couldn’t solve. 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.”
Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani recently blamed Facebook for the rise of disordered eating in young women, dismissing research that showed, oh hey, looking at lots of fashion images seems to have something to do with it as well. But what may be more disturbing about Celeste's quote here is that Sessilee "has never had a weight problem that kick-boxing couldn’t solve." Flipping through some images of Sessilee in her profile from our Model Manual it's hard to imagine she had a "weight problem" that needed solving.