THE TV presenter often cited for giving ‘thinspiration’ has said she would actually like to gain 10 pounds, but feels she cannot say it publically.
Alexa Chung is often criticised for her Bambi-like legs and lithe physique - she's even been accused of providing 'thinspiration' for those with eating disorders - but she rarely addresses the disapproval publicly.
"I think it's about time people stopped judging women on their appearance and more on their intellect," the presenter and soon-to-be author told Fashionista.com . "Like, you can appreciate my style without having to appreciate my weight. It's not actually mutually inclusive. I just get frustrated because, just because I exist in this shape, doesn't mean that I'm like advocating it and being like, 'I look great.'"
Chung went on to say that she would like to gain 10 pounds, but feels she can't say that publicly as "if you say that you sound like you're bragging that you're naturally thin, and you're not allowed to do that because even though it's not the ideal weight, it kind of is as well."
Calling the situation "f****d up", she also cited the hypocrisy that comes with larger women being able to say they are happy with their shape, but slimmer women unable to do so. "If I was to do that, I'd be completely criticized and ridiculed. But why can't I be happy with how I look."
"I'm just a bit sick of it. I just think that whole culture of hatred, and also feeling like it's your right to judge people when you don't know them," she continued.
The former model puts her figure down to nature, insisting she doesn't starve herself. She also dismissed her style icon status claiming she's simply been "ripping off Jane Birkin" and Françoise Hardy.
The 28-year-old, who currently lives in New York, is working on her debut book which is set to be "a compendium of drawings and photographs", as well as on a self-designed fashion label, although further details are currently under wraps.