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Kathryn Thomas: 'The obsession with models looking like walking corpses is sick'

Published 14/05/2015 | 10:36

Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas

She might spend half her time talking about the obesity epidemic, but Kathryn Thomas is equally as concerned about the use of skeletal models in the fashion industry.

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Writing in her column for The Irish Daily Star, the RTE presenter said that the obsession with fashion models looking like walking corpses is dangerous and must end.

"We all need to be advocates for healthy eating - but that also includes the other end of the scale," she states.

"Malnourished, skeletal-looking models have dominated the catwalks for years. And though there have been moves from some big players on the international fashion front, not enough has been done," the Operation Transformation host believes.

Me and my bike: Kathryn Thomas
Me and my bike: Kathryn Thomas

One image in particular worried the 36-year-old, as she called out a Danish magazine for carrying an image of an "emaciated" teen.

"We need to see strong, healthy, athletic women gracing the cover of magazines," Kathryn said.

Kathryn Thomas and partner Padraig McLoughlin at Liz O Donnell's annual fundraising lunch for Adi Roche's Chernobyl Children International at Fire Restaurant ,Dublin
Kathryn Thomas and partner Padraig McLoughlin at Liz O Donnell's annual fundraising lunch for Adi Roche's Chernobyl Children International at Fire Restaurant ,Dublin

"The tide is turning away from the 'heroin chic' look that dominated the 1990s...but not fast enough."

The Carlow native also told the horror story of her close, unnamed friend who works as a model in Ireland.

On the run: Ciara Kelly and Kathryn Thomas at the Operation Transformation 5k run in the Phoenix Park last weekend. Photo: Gerry Mooney.
On the run: Ciara Kelly and Kathryn Thomas at the Operation Transformation 5k run in the Phoenix Park last weekend. Photo: Gerry Mooney.

"She revealed how she was advised to drink coffee and Epsom salts a week before a shoot to satisfy a client who wanted to shrink her size 6 frame," Kathryn said.

"Honestly, I cannot understand why girls who grace the covers of magazines like Sports Illustrated - curvy, toned, strong and athletic - don't make better clothes horses when it comes to high fashion.

Presenter Kathryn Thomas pictured at the Operation Transformation catwalk finale.
Presenter Kathryn Thomas pictured at the Operation Transformation catwalk finale.

"The obsession with fashion models having to look like walking corpses is sick beyond belief."

Kathryn also made a call for the Irish government to do more to promote a healthy body image.

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