Vogue editor: size zero models don't give girls eating disorders
The editor of Vogue has said she "absolutely strongly believes" that the use of extremely skinny models on the catwalk does not give girls body issues.
Alexandra Shulman said it would be "extremely unfair" for the fashion industry to stop using skinny models just because it may cause distress to those struggling with eating disorders.
Miss Shulman, who has been editor of Vogue's British edition since 1992, was speaking ahead of an all-party parliamentary group meeting on Tuesday, which will look at the possibility of new laws to protect models.
In her comments, due to be aired on ITV's lunchtime news on Monday, Miss Shulman said any legislation on this issue would be "completely unworkable", adding that weighing and measuring models would be "degrading".
She said: "I think it's extremely unfair to think that a model who is extremely skinny should not be on the catwalk, because if somebody will attach their own feelings about their own self-image, possibly the problems they've got with an eating disorder or something, to that girl.
I do think that it's absolutely unacceptable to put a girl who is herself suffering from such things on the catwalk.
"It's very easy to say that a skinny model is responsible for encouraging young women to feel bad about themselves, but I absolutely strongly believe that is not the case."
She added: "None of us probably feel that great about how we look, the question is when does that feeling of dissatisfaction turn into something that is really harmful. The point I'm making is that in the main it's not the generality of looking at a model that is that tipping point.
"I can't think of anything more degrading and more appalling for girls who are models than being measured and weighed like they're a kind of heifer."