Models Eat Cotton Balls Dipped in Orange Juice

Model and Mom

Model Sessilee Lopez’s mom,  Janice Celeste, has written a guide book for parents of aspiring mannequins called Making a Supermodel, which she self-published on It sounds in part really silly (in a chapter entitled 12 Signs Your Daughter Should Become a High Fashion Model, #8 is “Everywhere she goes, people ask her if she is a model.”–thanks a million) but the final chapter is devoted to health and body image, and Celeste says:

“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.”

Growing up I knew a “girl who knew a girl” who was a ballerina and possibly maybe died from a cotton ball diet. I always figured this was just an urban legend. No?

(via Fashionista)

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    • curlysarah29

      Ballerinas do this same thing… paper eating is another thing they do to stay thin. I never went to this extreme, but it doesn’t surprise me.

    • J

      Is there an “office products” cookbook?

      • Donna

        hahahaha +1

    • ALS

      As a therapist, I’ve had a couple of clients in practice that have eaten cotton balls to stay full.

    • Eileen


      The part of me that used to be anorexic is really wondering if that works.

      The normal, rational part of me thinks that’s really awful.

      • M

        Nice to know I’m not the only one with a stifled unhealthily underweight girl inside of her going ‘Oh man why didn’t I think of that.’

        My relatively-new-found external fat girl just wants to eat more, because stories about these sorts of things just make me remember why I love food and how much my life sucked when I didn’t eat. Probably why I got fat instead of healthy. Oops.

      • Eileen

        So glad I’m not alone…’cause there’s seriously a part of me eyeing the cotton balls on my shelves. I think I’ll go have an actual orange instead.

    • colette

      Didn’t people also do this to get out of fighting in Vietnam? How fucked up is it that gaining weight has become comparible to dodging grenades in Beirut?

      • Sophie

        Beirut is the capital oh Lebanon, which is on a whole other continent than Vietnam.

      • Really, Sophie?

        F is the second letter of “of,” which is a whole other word than “oh.”

    • miinxi

      cant you like… DIE? doing that?

      • Leila

        YES. Not only can any poor diet recommended by idiots cause you to get very sick but cotton ball diets have the potential to cause bowel obstructions.

    • TB

      I suffer from Bambakomallophobia (fear of cotton wool – no joke) so regular chocolate for me it is…

    • oja

      I know for a fact that people do this; a lot of the girls in the weightloss community I’m a membert of on Livejournal do it

    • ginger

      Eating just apple sauce and drinking coffee work just as well and less likely to kill you.

      • Leila

        It will also make you extremely malnourished.

    • seafield

      Eat all the food you want but don’t like. problem solved

    • Leila

      If these women actually ate healthy FOOD in small portions 3-5 times a day, they wouldn’t have to resort to these extreme diets. Not eating is what slows your metabolism and makes your muscles atrophy and sag.

    • Nancy

      i know its not healthy but the anorexic me really wants to try it.

    • mandy

      Cotton wool? Won’t that cause obstructuons? Downright dangerous.

    • minaj

      lol imma try it (: