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 Lulu.com. 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?