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)