Australian model Codie Young become a little infamous when Topshop removed images of her online after accusations from The Daily Mail (and the Mail’s collected eating disorder activists) that Young looked outrageously thin. Though Young already ranted on her blog about the unfairness of the situation, WWD jumped into the fray this morning when they caught up with the 18-year-old and asked her if she thought she looked too thin. Young agreed, but added she thinks it was “a combination of being poorly Photoshopped and it was also a bad angle. I mean, that’s not what I look like. But Topshop has been really supportive about everything because they know I’m healthy.”
But it goes on. When WWD asked if she exercised, Young replied:
It’s really hard, especially recently because I’ve been traveling a lot. Like I can’t sign up for a gym because I’m everywhere. That’s one thing that’s really hard for me. I don’t have to exercise because I’m naturally skinny, but if I get a chance I do like to. I quite like yoga and that type of thing, more relaxed stuff.
And then they asked what kinds of food she likes…
I like everything. I like to try new things. I used to be a really picky eater when I was younger, but now that I’m getting older, I like to try different things when I go to different places. That’s one thing I’ll always buy for my family, like sweets and stuff. Like I went to the Ukraine for a job recently, and I bought their traditional sweets. I like quite a lot of junk food — any kind of sweets.
So Topshop and Young insist she’s healthy but Young explains that she doesn’t exercise (and, in a poor choice of words, implies that one should only exercise for weight loss) and eats a lot of junk food. I’d like WWD to ask her what she thinks healthy means. Though perhaps in modeling there’s a different definition altogether.
For what it’s worth, here’s Codie appearing bright and energetic in a video interview: