Yet Another Model Claims There Are Followers Of The Cotton-Ball-Dipped-In-Orange-Juice Diet

Bria Murphy at BET's Rip The Runway  in February 2013

Bria Murphy at BET’s Rip The Runway in February 2013

Back in 2011, the mother of Sessilee Lopez, Janice Celeste, was promoting her book about raising successful models. During an interview, the subject of eating disorders came up and Celeste claimed she knew of girls eating cottonballs dipped in orange juice to feel full. Everyone was appropriately horrified. No one was particularly surprised.

More recently, former Vogue Australia editor Kirstie Clements was promoting a tell-all called The Vogue Factor, which describes a similar activity. That time, young models were staying full with tissue papers–”Apparently they swell in your stomach,” she said.

This week, adding to the pile is Bria Murphy, the 23-year-old model daughter of Eddie Murphy. She tells Good Morning America:

“Lots of girls get addicted to drugs and anorexia, it’s – there’s a whole list of things, because it’s a lot of pressure to be perfect. [...] I’ve heard of people eating the cotton balls with the orange juice … they dip it in the orange juice and then they eat the cotton balls to help them feel full, because the cotton’s not doing anything. It’s just dissolving. And it makes you think you’re full, but you’re not.”

So far most of these comments have taken the tack of “I’ve heard of that happening” and not “I’ve seen that happening.” Growing up, we always used to hear the story as “a friend of a friend who’s a ballerina” would eat cotton balls, but we figured it was an urban legend.

By which we mean, we can hope, right?

(GMA, Photo via Wenn)

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    • Alle

      Okay, I’m going to get real here and tell you guys some secret shit…

      Nobody actually eats cotton balls. Cotton balls will clog you up, and if there’s one thing that anyone with an ED wants to avoid, it’s being constipated. Cotton balls are also sometimes toxic, which means a doctor’s visit, which means a lot of questions, and that’s something else you want to avoid. In short, you’re 100% right: the “cotton ball diet” is an urban legend, something that a lot of people talk about but nobody actually does.

      That said, do people eat shit that isn’t food to stay skinny or lose weight? Absolutely. Tissues? Yes. Toilet paper straight off the rolls? God yes. When I was doing ballet I used to eat just normal paper because the texture of tissues was so revolting in my mouth. Dark days, yo. Dark days.

      • Sean

        What does “ED” stand for? I assume it’s not erectile dysfunction.

      • Alle

        Eating Disorder.

      • Sean

        Oh ok, that makes sense. Thank you both!

      • Juliana D.

        Eating disorders.

      • Cee

        Good god. How does one even keep that shit down?! Id at least need salsa with my tissues. I put salsa in EVERYTHING.

    • Krusticle

      Lucky for Bria she looks like her mom!